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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.


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    About dboyer

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    • Birthday 01/27/1958

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    • Location
      Lecanto, Florida, USA
    • Biography
      Love organization and attention details, which added to my love of music and computers is why I'm drawn to the fun and challenges of an animated lighting display.
    • Interests
      Technology, computers, music
    • Occupation
      Information Systems Support Administrator
    • About my display
      2010 was my first year for animation. Built my first LOR controller.5 minute, animated only (no music), all white, incandescent display. 8 channel mega-tree and 8 mini's. Just made them do as many things as I could think of.
    1. Very clever- and well made. I gotta learn how to weld...
    2. Placed a small order tonight.
    3. Seem to have similar results to many of you. Very little left at my local Ace Hardware, KMart or Walmart. Drastically different from last year. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4. Merry Christmas Earl! Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk 2
    5. Congrats. She's beautiful! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    6. Thanks Jacob. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    7. I see regular pretzels in the photo and the recipe. There's no question though that your photo showed chocolate covered- just curious how they did it.
    8. Yes, these fires are horrendous. I heard about the Flying W Ranch on NPR on the way home. The Asst Ranch Manager said that the fire coming over the final mountain range was the scariest thing he'd ever seen. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    9. Did i miss something? How do you bake chocolate covered pretzels without the chocolate melting off them? Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk 2
    10. I purchased the exact same iron and have been very happy with it. I've put together four boards so far. Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk 2
    11. I would love to- but vacation time and money prevent it. Oh I can't wait until I retire...at least I'll have more time.
    12. If I understand you correctly she's saying it might be too difficult to do the Claymation version? I would concur- because listeners wouldn't understand all the delays in the music when they can't see what's going on in the animation.
    13. Excellent job! Looks fantastic. Definitely will try this method. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    14. Very sad to hear this. You can never be too careful. Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk
    15. Glad to hear it. I have not received an email from them either. Was beginning to think that it wasn't happening this year. Glad I was wrong. I need one more unit which I've already programmed my show to include. Sent from my Xoom using Tapatalk
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