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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 rlister

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  1. Christmas Wonders in Kissimmee, FL has over 50,000 light that dance to the music with 352 channels of Light-o-rama and 2700 channels of RGB. You can see more of my display at www.christmaswonders.com Merry Christmas!
  2. Christmas Wonders is located in Kissimmee, FL. It has over 50,000 lights synchronized tomusic with 352 channels of Light-O-Rama. Music is by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
  3. Put me down for one XXL Ron www.christmaswonders.com
  4. rlister

    Orlando Area?

    Tony, My display is in Kissimmee, about a half hour from the airport (unfortunately, its on the opposite side of town from Paul). You can see my display on my website www.christmaswonders.com
  5. Thanks Ron! I really like how you did the roof line using them.

  6. Awesome! Especially the roof line :)


  7. Sure! I've got several different styles of the clips, and I can bring some pictures of how I use mine.

  8. Same to you!

    Would you be willing to discuss some things about the colonade strips and how you incorporated it in your display? A few people are interested in it, including myself :) I bought some a few months back; but won't have time this year to incorporate it.

  9. Hi Paul, yes I plan on being there. It'll be good to see you again!


  10. Hey Ron, are you planning on coming to the Florida Mini 2011?

  11. 1642 Sunburst Way Kissimmee, FL 34744 352 Channels of Lightorama 24' Mega Tree Broadcast on 96.1 FM Sundays thru Thursdays 6:30pm to 9:30pm Fridays and Saturdays 6:30pm to 11:00pm This is the 20th year of my display. Display has over 50,000 lights and many homemade elements. I am also controlling the lights at my neighbors home across the street. Merry Christmas! www.ChristmasWonders.com
  12. I finally got my website updated with new pictures and part of my videos. www.christmaswonders.com Ron
  13. My display is at 1642 Sunburst Way in Kissimmee. This year I have over 50,000 lights controlled by 352 channels of LOR. Sun through Thur 6:30-9:30 Fri & Sat 6:30-11:00 Ron www.christmaswonders.com
  14. Home Depot is having a Christmas Light trade-in sale starting Nov. 5th for 3 dollars off a new LED set. Here is the link. Ron http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContentView?pn=SF_EV_Christmas_Light_Trade-In&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053&cm_mmc=hd_email-_-102809_GC-1028-Wed-_-1027-GC21-_-LED-VAL&locStoreNum=265&marketID=3
  15. I went on priceline.com and bid on the 3 1/2 stars hotel and bid $50 and they accepted my bid. The great thing is, its at the Hyatt Regency! Ron www.christmaswonders.com
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