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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.

ceniam

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About ceniam

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  • Birthday 09/12/1970

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  1. Ray himself has responded quickly to me with great information. It is the allied express web site Im having issues with. Paypal would have been my choice to make the purchases but it is not an option on the web site. Ill contact Ray directly
  2. I tried to make a purchase from Ray Wu using my VISA and aliexpress wants me to send them a copy of my passport, bank account statement or the front and of my credit card. Has everyone else who purchased lights from Ray Wu had to do through these hoops?
  3. I tried to make a purchase from Ray Wu using my VISA and it aliexpress wants me to send them a copy of my passport, bank account statement or the front and of my credit card. Has everyone else who purchased lights from Ray Wu had to do through these hoops?
  4. Yup, those ones work great. You can put them into some flood light fixtures and seal it with a mason jar. One of my friends is doing the same thing with some 13 watt bulbs. This would be much more extreme.
  5. Excellent, I know what Ill line up with next year. I think Ill build some casings for them so I can mount them outside and not worry about the weather or sprinklers hitting wrecking them.
  6. I had to take down the tombstones. We had strong winds and the fires are about a mile from my house now.4 of my 5 lighted tombstones broke from the wind. The celtic cros was blown down and split in half. Everything has been repaired and is sitting in the garage waiting for the weather to improve.
  7. Yup, the strong winds broke some of my tombstones.
  8. I like the witches. You have a lot of talent.
  9. Its three layers of stryphome. back, middle and front. The back and middle are 1/2 inch. The front is an inch and a half. The middle layer is hollowed out so it is just a frame of the tombstone. Inside that layer i put 18 feet of rope lighting. I carve the words and such into the front layer 1 1/4 inch. It leaves about 1/4 inch for the light to shine through which makes it pretty bright. Each tombstone took me about 10 hours to make.
  10. Heres some close ups of the tombs stones lit up
  11. Yea, I built the first 5 tombstones and the columns. The tombstones light up and are synced with music. Ill take some night films sometime soon. Im still fine tooning. I did the setup yesterday and then my wife and I decided to go to disneyland for the evening so I did not get any night planning done.
  12. I started setting up for Halloween yesterday. Heres what Ive got.
  13. Im looking forward to using my fog machines this year. I just got a chauvet 1750 and man that thing can crank out the fog!. Im using that along with a 1000 watt fog machine.
  14. I find that less is often better for halloween decorating. Less lighting makes more shadows. To much clutter can be distracting. Its the kids imaginations that do the best work. Its funny to see the things they can be afraid of. It can be some random light , shadow or figure that you would not even think of.
  15. Philip wrote: Ill bet their bags were heavy!
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