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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.
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  • 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.

kylec

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  1. Correct. All you really need is the pole and the base. If you want 2 basketball mega trees you can have my pole too . I think you live right up the road from me. Kyle
  2. I used a basketball hoop pole for my first mega tree. It worked out well. I used a piece of 4" conduit to add about 5' to the pole. The bell fitting on the conduit fit perfectly onto the pole. I would have used the setup again, but I decided it was about 20' too sort . Kyle
  3. It was great to see everyone yesterday! I came away with a few new ideas for my display that I can't wait to get started on! If anyone is interested in the DIY toys, the website is diylightanimation.com. There are a lot of friendly people over there that love to answer questions, so don't be afraid to ask. Kyle
  4. I'm in! The 25th would be better for me. Kyle
  5. I think I know where you are talking about. 10020 21st Ave SE Everett WA 98208 Put this into Google maps, I am pretty sure this is the neighborod you are thinking of. Kyle
  6. I don't think they were laughing at you for being scared to get on the ladder. They were laughing at you because its the middle of October, and you were up on the roof hanging Christmas lights! The rest of the world doesn't understand a lot of the things that we consider "normal". I laugh at my neighbor because he doesn't put any lights up until the middle of December! Now thats funny!
  7. As many others have said, WIW seems over used to US, but "normal" people don't spend hours and hours, 12 months a year, watching Christmas displays on youtube. I think this is a fun song to sequence, and people like to see it, so it will be part of my display. Kyle
  8. JonB256 wrote: This is how I built my mega tree this year. The main pole was 4" diameter, and I found that the flange on a peice of 4" electrical conduit fit perfectly over it. I added a 7' peice of conduit to the pole which gave me 15' total. I planned to use guy wires, but once I got it built and in place, I was very suprised at how stable it was! I also planed on covering the base with "pressants", but that was very low on the list, and I never quite got around to it. I was very happy with how it turned out, and plan to use this technique again next year, but I'm gonna go 20'. I have some pictures if anyone is interested.
  9. I would like to change my quanities from 6-red, 6-blue, 6-green to 10-red, 10-blue, 10-green, 10-cool white. Hope you get enough interest to do this buy! kyle
  10. Put me down for 6-red, 6-blue, and 6-green.
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