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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.

Jerry Plak

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About Jerry Plak

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  • Birthday 07/11/1954

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    http://www.christmasonchestnutave.com

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    San Marcos, California, USA
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    www.christmasonchestnutave.com
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    Photo, Computers, Christmas
  • Occupation
    Computer Lab Tech
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  1. Jerry Plak

    Light up ohio 2011

    Hey Rob, Glad your going good there in Buckeye land, My sister-in-law email me this morning about your video on "http://nbc4i.com/" I had to laugh at her and told her that I meet wend you only had four houses :-)
  2. we run 5:30 to 9:00 Sun-Thur, 5:30 to 10:00 F-S and runny ZaraRadio during the off times the outside Speaker are on 5:20 to 8:30 pm[url="http://www.idjnow.com/StoreModules/ProductDetails.aspx/PID=CONTROL25AVWH--BranchID=--DepartmentID=SPEAKERS--SubDeptID=Installation%20Series--CategoryID=--DeID=0--SRCH="]
  3. Ditto with Tim. WOW! thesis are Fantastic coro pieces!!!
  4. VERY cool!!! Hum Escondido, California I am only 10 miles and have seen this One-Horse Open Sleigh V-8 Model T-Bucket Hotrod Anywhere around town Hum did to look this up :-)
  5. Well at least you wait tell January 1st to toss the Christmas tree in the alley. that One my pet peeve living in California , most people hear take everything down on Dec 26 I start taking my display starts coming down around January 1st, but try to leaves some up for January winter night light display.
  6. I found looking like the last sort for this DMX interface. this may be good for some looking have a DMX interface for there fog & snow Machine! DMX interface / Works on all CHAUVET's non-DMX foggers & snow Machine http://www.ebdj.com/xcart/Chauvet-DMX-3F-DMX-Fog-Machine-Adapter.html
  7. I many use the desktop for the show and laptop for testing, setups, remote desktop and on :-) the mp3 director is use for landscaping lighting for rest of the year. new this year I got an eMachines 2.8Ghz w/win7 I was going to get a newer XP computer but for the cost it workout that the eMachines i got more for my money..
  8. Must have tool is a LED Tester As this will save lots of time on making sure they working the right way :-0 :-) http://www.allspectrum.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=557
  9. Let it Snow Let it Snow, now this will be Great if it snow
  10. But if there is some wagering going on the House gets 50%
  11. Let see as there will be lot's of RF going on :cool: just wait tell the LED Flood show off start. who will be the best LED Flood 2010:rolleyes:
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