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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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    1. Here in Canada, our National Broadcaster has weighed the ins and out of the song and has decided to play it after getting more than 95% people wanting it back. The other 2 idiot companies, ROGERS and BELL MEDIA, have bowed to the pressure and removed the song. This is what CBC had to say and I applaud them BIG time: “Last week, we decided to press pause to consider the different points of view on playing Baby, It’s Cold Outside. Because we value our audience input, which was overwhelmingly to include the song, we have put it back on the two playlists where it had been removed,” s
    2. Thanks Big!!! LOL We had a conversation tonight about the stupidity of it all and it comes down to this. If we start to nit pick all the songs EVER made up till now, we will find s*** in all of them. One for example, Santa Claus is coming to town. The part where it says "...he knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you're awake, he knows if you've been bad or good." How does he know? He has got to be a stalker or peeping tom!!! I shouldn't have written it here cause someone will run with it and try to ban that song as well!!!! LOL Anyway, anyone have it done al
    3. I am so naughty, I don't want Santa to change his list for me, so close to Christmas. This is what I need. I want to stir the pot and have " Baby it's cold outside." Would someone please be kind and share it with me? It would have to be an .lms format (LOR) or if there is a way to convert what you have, to LOR, that would be perfect. I didn't proudly serve my country to let someone decide what I can and can't listen. Thanks everyone, Merry Christmas and God bless.
    4. What do you use for the Happy Halloween scrolling sign? This is pretty neat!
    5. IS this a real song? I have never heard of it until now. I had to look it up.
    6. Last year, many went with Gagnam Style for popular song. Now that we have almost 3/4 of the year 2013 gone, what do you think will be a popular song to sequence our shows to? I'm trying to get ideas for songs but nothing comes to mind. Maybe you guys can help me (us).
    7. I had purchased a 4 channel Zmodo but less than 2 months later, I sold it to get a 16 channel Zmodo. Very easy to instal and the build quality is just as good as any other system in the higher $$ range. Only caveat of the cameras is that they are CMOS. CMOS doesn't look as good in the daytime. Where they shine is in the night with IR built in. Green grass doesn't look green but brownish. I upgraded my system last year to get a Zmodo PTZ camera. Looking at the picture on the web when I bought it made me think that the camera was maybe the size of a softball. Turned out it was as big if not
    8. I ordered 2 more a few weeks ago but can't remember the exact date. I only need them for Halloween but this summer would be nice. When I get them, I will come back and say the exact time it takes from order to deliver. I don't know how things as low as $0.99 can be delivered for free. Places like Dealextreme and Banggood deliver for free and they have tons of stuff that are very low in price. Meanwhile, to send something from Canada to New Jersey with tracking, and I must say it was a ring in a bubble envelope , it ended up costing me $18.67 !!!!
    9. I had asked the question about which song was going to be the hit this year. The response was "Thrift Store".
    10. After waiting for so long, I received the motors and I liked them so much, I ordered 2 more!!!I guess for the price, I can wait a few months.
    11. Sorry but I just need to ask and I don't want to sound as a perv. What are the flesh colored items at the right of the picture? To me they look like boobs.
    12. Aurora is having a rewrite right now and should be out this summer. I don't know of all the new things it will support but I know at least it will have support of 32 universes using the E1.31 protocol. Oh yeah, that is all DMX.
    13. Thank you. It sure was a popular attraction. So much that last night, we were at the Rock of Ages tour in my town and someone recognized me from the TV interviews we had done and they wanted to tell us how wonderful the display was especially the Gangnam Style Nutcracker.
    14. I agree but disagree at the same time. I added it in my 2012 display and people were just happy to see a break in the middle of the display. It was VERY popular with kids and some parents alike. I wonder what will be the One Hit Wonder for 2013!!!!
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