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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 Achilo

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    • Birthday 10/31/1964

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      Marysville, Washington, USA
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      Applications Analyst
    • About my display
      Second year LOR. 160 Channels, 24K Lights, +other misc stuff, and building.
    1. Sweet... IT's CLAP TIME! It's on the calendar and ready to go.
    2. Heh... Got my vote. Can't wait to see what comes to the table this year and again I will bring my camera. **Grins.
    3. Yep I'll be there.. I emailed as well. :giggle:
    4. Either date will work for me currently. But I put down the 24th since folks are leaning toward that date. :santasmileyitty:
    5. WOOT!!! This means I may see something soon as well. "W" :santasmileyitty: Getting excited and can't wait...
    6. Thanks Paul for the update. :santasmileyitty::santasmileyitty:
    7. yep got our preorder a week ago but do to work have not been able to look at all of them. Was able to plug a few in to check out and they look good! Still no word on the replacements here either. But I'm sure Paul will be sending them out soon.
    8. Just hooked up my network under the house so I have perminant cat5 outside in several locations, put together my first set of 6 LOR boxes (I'm a static display convert). Everything going good so far... connected 3 of the boxes with a few spare light strands from yrs before... and wow everything going as planned. We have lights! Now for some of them cool LED lights! So until then we're painting the house a Mint Green with med/dk Green Trim. Still haven't been able to talk the wife into painting front door Red.. or stripe the garage door with green/white/red. Just ain't going to happen
    9. Gives me a bit more time to make room in my storage area!
    10. Sweet... Time to make space for more goodies. Our first year for LED and LOR. So we're already busy planning but nothing as Grand as some of the fantastic displays I've seen online or in person so far. But it will be a start! Will be sitting near door waiting for the LED candy... *Grins
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