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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 Showman

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  • Birthday 04/26/1961

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  • Location
    Upper Arlington, Ohio, USA
  • Biography
    Producer of Cable Television and Live Awards shows

    Big fan of Christmas
  • Interests
    Time spent with my family is the best of all.
  • Occupation
    Television Producer
  • About my display
    LOR 32 CH
    7200 Mini LED
    7 mini trees
    1 20 ft Mega Tree
    2 20ft Arches
  1. I have a ctb16 pc that has been in use for several years and has worked wonderfully - last night ran for several hours without problem - today I turned on all circuits to check some lamps that needed to be replaced - all came on (very low load maybe 500 minis at most) I shut down the test mode and enabled the show about an hour before it was scheduled to start. To my dismay when the show started - that controller was not working at all. I opened up the lid and I have no status light at all and the box smells hot - When I went to check the breakers - I discovered that my son had plugged both power cables into outlets on the same 20 amp breaker. The breaker had not blown but I thought that might have something to do with it. Any suggestions as to what might be the problem - possible solutions? Help - my house looks lopsided tonight!
  2. Just saw this online - I'm the only crazy light guy on my block but thought there might be a neighborhood on here that would be interested. ________________________________________________________________ Do you live in a neighborhood where all the houses try to outdo each other each year with Christmas lights and decorations? Do people come from all over to see the amazing decorations? Are you and your neighbors ready to see who has the most-Christmasy house on the block as decided by HGTV? HGTV is looking for a neighborhood that’s available to start filming in late October/early November 2011. If you’re interested, please send an email to [email protected] with the following information Your name, address and contact info (please include e-mail address and cell phone number) A brief description about your neighborhood, how many houses decorate and what lengths people will go to outdo each other for the best decorated house on the block. Pictures and/or video of your decked out neighborhood from the most recent holiday season. http://www.hgtv.com/about-us/compete-with-your-neighbors-in-a-christmas-decorating-showdown/index.html
  3. 32 ch LOR all white lights (at least it was last year) self programmed - Broadcast on FM station I'm really looking forward to the show growing but for now in this economy I don't think it will be this year

  4. Hi Showman, thanks for saying "hello" Tell me a little about your display? How you got started? Joe

  5. I'm in UA and would love to be included as well. 32 CH LOR on Reed Road south of Henderson.
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