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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.

Scott Lindsey

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About Scott Lindsey

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  • Birthday 06/28/1965

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    Columbus, Ohio, USA
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    Coaching sports and Xmas decorating (of course)
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    Senior Database Analyst (MS SQL Server)
  1. All four Gingerbread blowmolds have been sold.
  2. For sale: four Gingerbread blowmolds $10 each two faced Halloween candle $20 Empire Vampire $20 Please let me know if you are interested.
  3. Tony, Just saw this thread. You and your family are in our prayers. Hopefully you will be able to get at least a static display going. Scott
  4. Can y'all smell what is cookin' and heading to the Buckeye State??? Looks great Gregg!! light-UP Ohio 2009 is definitely bigger and better this year. Bill has done an awesome job lining up some great presentations. Jeff has some top-notch vendors lined up as well. Gregg's BBQ has gotten some rave reviews. Tony has gathering on Friday night setup as well. Our numbers have grown this year to almost fifty with attendance from eleven different states. Everyone have a safe trip into town. If you have any questions between now and then, do not hesitate to contact Bill, Jeff or myself. If you will be attending dinner on Friday night, please let Tony know as soon as possible or let one of the three of us know and we will pass it on to him. Looking forward to meeting the new faces on Saturday as well as reconnecting with everyone else.
  5. Carrie, Glad to hear you are able to make it again.
  6. Please make sure that you check the other thread on light-UP Ohio 2009. The date is set for Saturday, May 16th. Hope those that are able can make it. Registration is at www.lightupohio.com.
  7. HI SCOTT IM A NEW MEMBER IM WORKING ON A FAN FIREWORKS DISPLAY IVE SEEN MANY VIDEOES OF WHAT ID LIKE TO BUILD AND HAVE GOTTEN SOME HELP MY REASON FOR CONTACTING YOU IS DO YOU KNOW PAUL BERZINS OF PAINEVILLE OHIO ID LIKE TO TALK TO HIM IF POSSIBLE HIS FIREWORKS AND WHAT IT DOES IS WHAT ID LIKE TO DO MY VIDEO www.holidayexpressridingtrain.com IM TRYING TO PUT FIREWORKS BEHIND THE THREE SUPERHEROES ITS 36 FT WIDE BY 20 FT HIGH THANKS JOEL

  8. Robert, Too cool! A blowmold as a night light. I don't think my wife would let me get away with that one. Glad you enjoyed yourself. It was great meeting you, your dad and your son. He was too cute picking out from the door prizes! Stay in touch and let any of us know if you have any questions!
  9. I will echo Bill's Thank You!!! Meeting new faces and seeing old faces again was great. Thank you to everyone for taking their time, talent and treasures to contribute to everyone's decorating knowledge!! We had such a wide range of attendess that I know that everyone left with more knowledge than they came with. I want to thank the presenters (Tony Furst, Carrie Sansing, Bill Miller, Chris Abnett, Greg Young, David Miller and Bill Hoffman) for helping contribute to the success of our gathering. Tony's electric presentation was very informative. Carrie's presentation on anchoring techniques for blowmolds was very helpful. Bill Miller's knowledge of blowmolds could entertain all for many, many hours. Chris' display items that he brought to share will allow others to expand their displays. Greg's presentation on capturing video of your display was most helpful. David's presentation on his Mega-Tree was great and others definitely benefitted from his insight. Bill Hoffman's knowledge and enthusiasm for rope-light is very educational and exhausting (Bill, I know. Ropelight rulez!!!, typo intended) Behind the scenes mentions go to Tony, Bill, Rob LaRe (wish you would have been able to hang out longer, bro!!) and Andrew Stemen for their help in getting everything together. I would also like to thank our vendors for contributing to help make our gathering such a success. A wide range of vendors supplied lots of information about their products that will help our decorators with their great displays. If anyone has any suggestions on how to make light-UP Ohio better, then please email me. If there were things that were good or bad, then please let me know. I want to make sure that what we are doing is benefitting everyone. It was my honor and privilege to host the event. I look forward to seeing everyone again next year and hopefully a lot of new faces.
  10. Dale, I sent an email out earlier today. PLMK if you did not receive it.
  11. It's definitely not too late to sign-up if you are interested. The registration website is at www.lightupohio.com.
  12. Gil, Thanks! Great ideas come from great people! Glad to see you posting. Would love to see pics of yours also. Hopefully, the kids will get the camera back to you soon.
  13. Gil, Great to see you posting again!!! The 12 Days are fabulous. Awesome job! Scott
  14. Here's a picture of mine: http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg21/sflindsey/2007%20Christmas%20Display/Nativity.jpg The one angel on the left is crooked thanks to the high winds we had that day. I didn't notice it when I took the picture.
  15. Dave, I knew there was something else I liked about you. Percussionists RULE!!!Played bassin the marching band. Man, those are some great memories. We would always tick off the band director.Our percussion director was such a perfectionist.We could get away with a lot because we put in so much extra time than the rest of the band. We never lost an outstanding percussion trophy in all my years in high school.
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