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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.

    Hank Plauche

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    About Hank Plauche

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      There was a house left standing in the little city of Pass Christian MS after Hurricane Katrina that Started putting up Christmas Lights To help bring hope to the Kids left in city.
      That was us.
    • Location
      Pass Christian, Mississippi, USA
    • Interests
      my kids, Great food, fast boats and now christmas lights hehehe
    • Occupation
      Restaurant Owner
    1. I think on a tree that size 8 channels works just fine per color. I can spin my tree with the best of them. Red, greens and whites, I have my controllers (2) mounted to the bottom of the tree, 8 channels red 8 channels green 8 channels clear 3 channels for the star 1 channel for the strobes 1 channel for the blue, The Blue is an outline for the tree With Led blue rope light 3 to 4 Strands per channel Everything plugs in at the base. of tree. The extra channels very important in case of a channel fails,
    2. Red White green and blue Strands for me some use RGB in witch 1 strand can be All of the above Make sure you plan it out before you just go buy a bunch of misc lights
    3. I looked at your videos, it seems you have very little lights to work with, I just find this a strange post, It's like your trying to tell others that they are doing things wrong. I might be interpreting your message wrong.
    4. 64 channels Very nice, I think you should use more of the effect you had between 10 secs thur 24 secs, that was very dramatic,
    5. I would like to program one for that tree, lol how tall and fat
    6. Our home was featured on, The Great Christmas Light Fight by ABC, Freemantle Media. Plauche Family Christmas
    7. can I get a Christmas vacation intro from anyone, drum roll, and light up please.
    8. Could you please write a book about that whole wife thing, with the cost and stuff, and telling about, how much, spend, money jazz. Lots of us would be grateful.
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