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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.

Andy Anderson

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About Andy Anderson

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  • Birthday 12/08/1941

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Scrooge
  • Location
    Culpeper, Virginia, USA
  • Biography
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    Part time cattle farmet
  • Occupation
    Retired
  • About my display
    Primarily plywood cutouts with a mega tree and other lights.

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  1. I have a Rangestar FS CZH 05B FM transmitter. I have used the RCA inputs on the back side for several years with no problems. In an attempt to help a local church broadcast services to parishioners in the parking lot I tried to use the mic input and audio input on the front side of the box. I can not get them to work On the screen just to the right of the frequency numbers I have the word mute. As per the manual that came with it I have gone through the power on setup several time and can not get rid of that. I imagine that mute is what is not allowing me to use the front ports. Searched the forums with no luck. Tried contacting where I purchased it and apparently they are no longer in business. I tried searching the internet and only came up with ads for purchasing one. Any suggestions?
  2. We will have a meet and greet at 11, lunch at noon and then start the Mini at 1 pm. So far only lunch meat and buns so it is your choice. Looking forward to seeing you Saturday.
  3. VA mini coming up this next Saturday the 11th at Franktronics Computer Store located at 3618 George Washington Memorial Highway in Hayes (Gloucester County), Virginia Frank Farmer is working on an itinerary and should have it out on Wednesday. If you have a topic you would like to talk about during the mini, please let Frank know so he can get you on the list. Once you know what you are bring for food, please post on our Face Book page Virginia Holiday Decorators Group so we don’t have any duplication. Also post anything you plan to bring for the sale/trade session. Ralph Priest, Steven Stern & Frank Farmer have been working hard to get some new sponsors for us this year. Thank you to the following sponsors. Light O Rama. 3G Lighting, Boscoyo Studio, CoolTees Custom Apparel, Creative Displays & Designs, Christmas Done Bright, Christmas-LEDs, The Christmas Light Emporium, Crockett Fantasy of Lights, Falcon Controllers, Gilbert Engineering USA, Holiday Sequences, Pixel Pro Displays, Wired Watts, Wizard of Wire, xTreme Sequences. Frank & Andy
  4. Bring the singing angels. Looking forward to seeing you again. Also looking forward to the cupcakes. Andy
  5. Glad you are going to be able to make it again this year. Looking forward to seeing you .
  6. The 12th Annual Virginia Mini will be held on Saturday, May 11th. The location will be at the Frantronics computer store located at 3618 George Washington Memorial Highway in Hayes (Gloucester county), Virginia. If you need further directions or information, please feel free to contact Frank Farmer at (804) 642-5233, email Frank at [email protected] or you can leave a message here. We will have a meet and greet at 11, lunch at noon and then start the Mini at 1pm. The mini’s are an excellent opportunity to meet with other Christmas lighting enthusiast to share ideas, design plans, implementation, sequencing or just to meet others with the same goals in Christmas lighting displays. This mini is open to any and all Christmas lighting enthusiasts. Both ones doing it for the first time and those who have done it for years. Whether you have a large display or a small one. All are welcome. Anyone who would be willing to talk for a few minutes on a display element they have made, design tips, sequencing or anything else you would like to share with the group, please let me know. I would like to have competed agenda within a couple of weeks. Frank will have a couple of his own display elements up and running. Please let us know by phone, email, or this topic that you can attend and how many, so that I can have enough drinks and supplies here. We will provide drinks (water, coffee, iced tea and sodas). If everyone can bring along something for lunch/snacks, to share with the group, that would be great. There is no charge to attend the Mini, just bring some food to share. I look forward to seeing everyone. We will have computers and projectors available for use. Please like us on Face Book. Virginia Holiday Decorators Group Frank Farmer & Andy Anderson
  7. I received a commitment from Christmas Done Bright this morning for door prizes.

  8. I usually run my display until the weekend after New Years.
  9. I store mine standing up. I lean them against a wall so the the supports on the back side are touching the wall. I then cover with old towels and sheets. I then lean others against those. They are pretty much standing straight up.
  10. I have two nativities in my display. One strictly religious and the other by Charlie Brown and gang.
  11. Finally got my Grinch, Max & Cindy Lou cutouts completed and installed in the display. It seems like every year I get later and later finishing up my new things.
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