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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

bigj3fan4life

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About bigj3fan4life

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  • Birthday 12/22/1971

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Each year it changes
  • Location
    Fort Smith, Arkansas, USA
  • Biography
    I love Christmas!
  • Interests
    Christmas decorations
  • Occupation
    Chistmas Engineer
  • About my display
    Over the top.

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  1. I have been an active member for over 10 years, and a lurker since 2002. Some thing I would like to see; Instead of quoting somebody, maybe a comment box to reply to that comment. I use the DIY Do It Yourself section the most and have made many friends and contacts from there. But, there are a bunch of things in the DIY Motorized Contraptions section that need to be consolidated (Hamberger Display items) into their own sub category, or moved to the indoor section and add a sub category for the Gemmy stuff. Also maybe the ability to have a photo section on your profile.
  2. I use 12v wal warts for wiper motors. I get them from junk stores for cheap.
  3. During this year's setup, I had 7 of my reindeer connected together and before I could get plugged them into my electrical panel (and luckily), a thunderstorm came trough and a lightning strike killed all the bulbs in each reindeer. We've been wanting to do something different with them for a while, but just haven't. Has anyone ever covered them with some sort of fabric to resemble fur? in years past, we had them in a coral, but we want to create a barn or something like that. Any ideas?
  4. This is a great tool I still use every year. http://www.planetchristmas.com/figuring-power-needs/
  5. Do you have a link to some pictures of the band project you built a few years back?  We are wanting to do something similar.

  6. I use wiper motors, for some and reindeer motors on others. They both are designed for constant use and are already weatherproof. The wiper motors are good because they are 2 speed.
  7. The one I use is with the Manhiem Steamroller song Stille Nichte(spelling). I got it from someone on here. He e-mailed me the file. I do animate, but mine is not traditional animation. I do a Z Tree to the music with Linus in the middle of the song.
  8. I use Linus telling the story from Charlie Brown Christmas. It works out great for our display.
  9. A few years ago, I did the light and sounds of Christmas hack. Now I am using LOR channels and need to free up some channels. My question is will the LOR unit work with the LOR without burning it up?
  10. I found these at a local resale shop, would they work for you?
  11. We are looking to change or "shake" things up a little. I am in search of ideas for our display that are different, quirky,or just odd for our next display. Anyone have some ideas? Jeremy
  12. I liked yours. Here is mine.... https://www.facebook.com/ganesfamily.christmasdisplay?ref=tn_tnmn
  13. I know that a regular 150ct string has .51 amps. Does a 150ct multi function string have the same amp load? Jeremy
  14. This is where I got all of my Rudolph characters from. http://www.coloriez.com/coloriage-rudolph-le-renne-au-nez-rouge.html Jeremy
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