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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 psy5tlh

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  1. I see t-shirts! Thanks, Brother Larry et al. for making the mini a success. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Wow, tomorrow is almost here. I have a presentation to work on! Looking forward to the visit. tlh Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Lights start going up today! I am, however, feeling about two months behind schedule - there are controllers yet to be soldered, and a few props to be built. Should be done by February... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I agree that it's hard to tell from the audio. The photo is a screen shot from "A Charlie Brown Christmas" interactive digital book app that uses original dialogue from the 1965 animated classic. My kids love the app. tlh/Terry Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. The former... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I, too, had a good time and enjoyed seeing everyone. Thanks Bro. Larry for pulling us together! tlh/Terry Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Greetings, All- I had a wonderful time at my first Mississippi Mini. Thanks to everyone who worked both up front and behind the scenes to make it a success. The tips were great, and I have already started refining my display. Thanks again! tlh/Terry P.S. Steven and Christy, I look foward to bringing my wife and kids to see your display this season.
  8. Thanks to everyone who expressed interest in this equipment and especially to those who purchased it. I wanted all to know that everything has been sold. Thanks again, Terry
  9. Chuck- Thanks for the positive shout out. I am glad to hear that the ELLs arrived intact. As of right now, all the equipment is spoken for, in part due to your posting. Thanks again, Terry
  10. Hi, Larry- Sent my number by email and PM. Give me a ring. I look forward to the chat. Best, Terry
  11. Hello- If anyone is interested, I have some LOR equipment that I am hoping to sell as I have gone the DIY route. I thought I would give first shot to my fellow Mississippians and perhaps save shipping for someone local. All equipment was purchased 13 months ago, and used for one season. Here's what I've got: One (1) LOR1602W - $250 + Shipping One (1) CTB16PC - $175 + Shipping Two (2) Two Easy Light Linker Wireless Units - $175 + Shipping One (1) USB to RS485 Adapter with Booster - $25 + Shipping PM me if you're interested. Warm regards, Terry
  12. Hello, Mississippi Neighbors- Just found this tread, and wanted to say Hi. This was my first year, so I started small (32 channels for both my house and my neighbor's). Tomorrow, I'll be taking everything down, but I cannot wait for next year. Have already started making plans and have recruited two more neighbors -- my wife thinks I've lost my mind. Oh well, it's been a blast. For those interested, here's a link to my first video -- sorry to those who are prone to motion sickness... Warm regards, Terry
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