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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.

Mike Cole

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About Mike Cole

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  • Birthday 04/20/1953

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    http://ca.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=Sparkylights&p=r

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  • Location
    Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, USA
  • Biography
    love computer controlled lights.........
  • Interests
    model sailplanes, christmas lights
  • Occupation
    self employed
  • About my display
    336 LOR channels of computer control, 65000 lights
  1. I have no traditional songs in my line up, and very few "Christmasy" songs. A couple of seasons ago, all my new songs were western movie sound tracks, fun to sequence and powerfull music too. I did get a comment last year about a couple songs, " I dont know why those songs were in there", and my reply was, " because they sequence well" I like alot of anamation and movement, but not just random blinky, blinky. I have done some slow songs, but I use those in the mix later in the season when the crouds start to become a problem, they seem to help move the traffic. In the end, I do what I like and hope others will like it too..... have a look ........ http://www.youtube.com/user/Sparkylights/videos?view=0
  2. Very nice! Your show was one of my inspirations years ago to get into this hobby, thanks.........
  3. JHolmes.......thank you but, I'm still "old school"....all incandescent minis. Plans are to retire all my stuff after this season and move to RGB next year....Mike
  4. here's mine............................ http://vimeo.com/17536681 and I still like the song....................Mike
  5. Congrats! Best "Mr Christmas" display I've seen. You deserve the "fans" your getting............
  6. I say put Sandstorm in your show. Put Wizards in too! Im sick of both of those songs, but they are the most popular in my show both on youtube and in front of my house. I do songs I like. Heck, this year I did all western soundtrack songs, which has nothing to do with Christmas. Of my 22 songs, only one is a Christmas song. I sequence music I like. If viewers dont like it, fine, but it makes me happy...............Mike
  7. Whats your budget? heres a link to my show http://www.youtube.com/user/Sparkylights
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