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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 ChadH

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    • Birthday 03/31/1989

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    • Location
      Franklin, Tennessee, USA
    • Biography
      I am currently attending my second year of college to become a CPA.
    • Interests
      Lights and music.
    • Occupation
      Student and Part Time job at Logan's
    • About my display
      2009 will be my fourth year of animating a display. I plan to have approximately 40,000 lights and 64 channels of LOR.

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    1. Our lights are on in Franklin! If anyone is interested I could make a new page on my website with a list of displays. If there is interest; private message me your Display Name, Address, and Website. I will add them as soon as possible. -Chad
    2. Brad, thanks for the info! I will have to keep my eyes open for a life sized Jesus. Aaron, you can find the address to my display on my website along with directions, however in 2009 we had a post with many addresses. Here is a link to it. Not sure how many are still around though.
    3. Not too far away. I'm in Franklin.
    4. Jim: It doesn't really matter. I was given a manger that is about 12ft tall and 15ft wide that is made out of wood. I already have the nativity in wireframes, but I was thinking it might be nice to have a blowmold Jesus for the actual manger. I have found a few on Ebay that I have been looking into. Do you have any preferences as to what brand? I'm just looking for a cheap one.
    5. Welcome to the hobby! If you have any questions feel free to ask us locals. What part of Tennessee are you located in?
    6. I guess it is just me and you.... We don't do a Halloween display, but are moving straight into the Christmas display. Know of any good deals on a baby Jesus blowmold?
    7. Yes they have. I actually got them!
    8. Donation sent Randy! Good Luck and I will bump this to hopefully get you some more traffic for a great cause!
    9. Team Viewer 2 seems to work good so far and the best part is that it is free!
    10. 50,000 Christmas Lights in Franklin, TN synchronized to music using LightORama. Visit us at www.FranklinChristmas.us
    11. Thanks Brad! I hope you had a Merry Christmas as well. I went by your house one night and it looked great. I can't wait to see what you have in store for next year.

    12. Chad, I was super busy this Christmas season and did not get to drive out to see your display in person. I saw several videos you posted and really enjoyed your display! This was my first year with animated lights using a Renard SS24 DIY built controller and I am HOOKED! I have already built 3 more boards and plan to build several more for 2011's display. I will also be adding a lot more lights. Hope you guys had a Merry Christmas!

    13. My website has a section where I updated information throughout the season and it has a RSS feed. Check it out at http://www.franklinchristmas.us/updates.html
    14. I saw it online. I wonder what his big addition will be in 2 years... His display is already amazing.
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