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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 depper

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  • Birthday 10/17/1974

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  • Location
    Bowling Green, Ohio, USA
  • Biography
    Highly Radioactive!
  • Interests
    Lights, lights and more lights.
  • Occupation
    Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • About my display
    96 Channels LOR with over 30,000 lights and 3 houses with no end in sight!!
  1. Kevin, This is Tim Depinet from Bowling Green Ohio. I am just wondering if you received my order I place Thurs. evening? If you didn't let me know. Thanks!!

  2. I am changing my mega tree to a spiral tree this year. I want to have 2 colors (red and green) and have them spiraling opposite directions. I have the "shell" made, just need to start adding the lights. I'm going to try to figure out how to keep is assembled so I don't have to keep setting it up and tearing it down every year. I don't feel you'll lose to much effect compared to a mega tree. I guess it just depends on how many channels you are using.
  3. We have an "Opening Night" party every year the Friday after Thanksgiving with our friends. I do an "Opening Song" for that gathering and don't play it again until after Christmas (since it's not usually a Christmas song). It's great for setting the mood. Here is mine from last year: Not sure what to use this year yet. Thinking about "I've Got a Feeling" from Black Eyed Peas.
  4. I did Jingle Bass last year by Basshunter. It was a crowd favorite with a great beat! Highly recommend.
  5. Thanks for your help Chris!! Dang I wish I were that smart:(
  6. OK Chris. I'm a complete idot and am not sure which file to click on that will open the calculator. I extracted them all, but can't find the right one. Help:)
  7. Scott, what an awesome tree!! My neighbor and I were going to add a spiral tree this next year and had something different in mind. But after seeing yours, I think we are going to change our way of thinking, if you don't mind. Thank you so much for sharing!
  8. Ditto here. One Wal-Mart, Meijer and Home Depot and NOT one box of minis in any store. Looks like I'll be paying full price next season:(
  9. I know with C6 FW 70 count you can plug 43 end to end. So are you saying no more than 43 or maybe like 2-3 end to end? Thanks!
  10. I was lucky enough to bribe my daughters to do the Christmas Story for me. I had my oldest daughter (age 7) read the first part of Luke 2: 1-7 and my youngest (age 5) read the Linus speech. Now, my girls aren't gifted enough to actually read the story so they would repeat what I said and I recorded it with Audacity. I also put Manhiem Steamroller's "Do You Hear What I Hear" in the background. It's perfect to hear them stumble over the large words.
  11. depper

    Newbie

    Welcome Kara!! Admitting you have a Christmas Light Obsession is the first step toward recovery:) OK, there's no way to recover once you're hooked. I like the idea of an Ohio thread that tells of shows and locations. For what it's worth, I know of some people that have shows fairly close to you in Upper Sandusky and Tiffin. I'm a little farther north in Bowling Green and there are quite a few up in the Toledo area. So there are pleanty out there. Again, welcome and GO BUCKS!! I-O
  12. depper

    Light Up Ohio 2009

    Bill, What are the hours of the mini?? Thanks. Tim
  13. depper

    Light Up Ohio 2009

    Northwest Ohio will be representing with a few from Bowling Green and the Tiffin area. Planning on a Mega Tree this year and before a flag pole is purchased, we need to see this "Portable Hole". For anyone on the fence about going.....it's well worth it! For about 20 bucks, you get a ton of knowledge and also you'll get great pricing on lights and other items. Not to mention the good food and T-shirt.
  14. depper

    Light Up Ohio 2009

    All the topics you mentioned look good to me. I don't know how many use the LOR wireless ELL's, but I am planning on using them this coming year and wouldn't mind if someone who has a lot of expierence/knowledge with this could say a few words.
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