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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.

dfuller

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About dfuller

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  • Birthday 01/05/1958

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Having our neighbor tell my wife how they bought their daughter a radio to listen to the music while watching the lights from her room
  • Location
    Pacifica, California, USA
  • Biography
    Self Employed, Getting my family hooked on display as
    Xmas is favorite holiday, looking to add to display each year
  • Interests
    Family. Golf. sports
  • Occupation
    selfemployed
  • About my display
    26K Led's, wire-frames, inflatables
    10' mega tree, 4 arch's, 16 mini trees

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  1. I DO NOT OWN THIS SONG... 2013 Edition, enjoy!
  2. dfuller

    Led Keeper?

    We had three strings in which half the string went out. We had just got the LED Keeper the day before so was curious how it would work, It took a total of 15-20 minutes to isolate and repair the three strings. Wish I would have had it last year when we had problems and took strings down off the house and strung new strings. Big pain
  3. We had switched from a DIY two years ago to the Eclipse 4000 I can say where we live and using the standard antenna we have broadcast up to .4 miles from our house here in Pacifica, CA. We have been extremely pleased with the MBB product and would recommend them, . Friends laugh when they tune the radio in and pick us up at the gas station which is 1/2 mile away its our joke to see how far you go before losing the signal. our two cents worth Dennis Pacifica, CA
  4. Going computerized was the best thing we did 4 years ago. Hope to add an additional 32 channels of LOR for next year and of course more lights. There is a lot of great advise on this site for which I must say THANKS to all. Definetly have a plan for your layout as mentioned, have a picture or drawing of your house, yard it definetly helped us. Extension cords where our problem having over 120, last year we went to SPT cable eliminating 1/2 this year we used an additional 3000 ft with vampire plugs its far eaiser and relatively cheap and you have the exact length for your cords (buy early things sell out fast around xmas) eaiser to store as well. Our yard is limited so some parts of our display will not change we tie wrap the cable run label and will use again next year. I learned the hard way you better start early the bigger the display or more controllers you have the LOOOOONGER it takes to sequence, we always said we would not take out our lights or put them up before DEC 1. This year we started right after Thanksgiving big mistake next year will be earlier to much stress rushing to get things up and tested but so much fun when its on. Thanks to all for the great advise and have a Happy New Year Dennis Pacifica, CA
  5. Sorry to see we are not the only one with failures wish the quality was better. We had 2-100 ct 2-70 ct blue loose 1/2 the string out of approx 60-70 strings The rest have been OK should be careful saying that we are running thru Jan 1. All of our failures are from this years pre order. Still frustrating but I like the LED's over incandescent Hope everyone had a great xmas Dennis
  6. Was looking for new ideas and ran across these.We had four arch's in the display this year and everyone loved them. Unfortunately my wife looked in and asked how many more controllers do I need to do that when I said three she said I was sick. OK I said can we get them she left the room. Glad to see the rest of you are as sick as me. How many more days till the lights go on?
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