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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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  1. Thank you, The video doesn't do it justice. The snow machines were a great adition this year for the kids. It doesn't snow much down in south west florida. Hehehe. animal
  2. Hey Bill! Finally saw your videos. I know who you are now :). I've watched them this past year. Great Job!

  3. I would like to thank Paul D and his Wife for hosting a wonderful mini here in Florida, it was a great open forum. This was my first attendance and everyone there made my Wife and I feel right at home. It was a great group of people and I was happy to meet everyone. I look forward to future gatherings with more exchanges of great ideas. Again, Thank you to all, animal
  4. Bill is dealing with a medical issue. I need to email him to see how he's doing. A great guy along with his wife. You could have said hello to me in North Port. Maybe next year. Here's video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-2Xrd93Gj8 animal
  5. animal

    Mega Video Wreath

    Hey gmac, I will. I'm in the mitts of a complete overhaul of the website which includes new software and a domain name change. ARRRRRGH!!!!! I will keep the post updated on this. thanks for everyones kind words. animal
  6. animal

    Mega Video Wreath

    Thanks every one. This was my first year with the video wreath, and I've made a few mistakes during the process. I am updateing my web site, and will give full details on the construction. I produce all audio and video myself.This year I will do a better job on the production end. There wasn't alot of time and it was done in a rush. I'll give you some breif specs. This was a rear projection setup. Do to the time frame. I used a $2.89 shower curtain. ( yes I too was surprised at the results) As for th projector. I was able to score on a infocus 865 with 4 brand new bulbs that was being retired from a tech company my son works for. The original bulb only had 400 hrs on it and I got it for a steel. AHHHHHH Family. I will keep an update on the website and again thanks to Nevada Christmas http://www.nevadachristmas.com/Megawreath.htm for the idea and a great year for my display. animal
  7. animal

    Mega Video Wreath

    I'm still in decomresion mode. Here's a video showing the mega wreath. http://www.youtube.com/user/pandschristmaslights#p/u/3/X-2Xrd93Gj8 enjoy, animal
  8. animal

    Mega Video Wreath

    Thanks for being so kind. I still have alot to do including finishing up some of the sequences. Looks like I'll have to pull off some over nights. (HAHA I'm invinceable!!!!) I will try to update my web site with all the pictures. I hope I can pull this off. Thanks, animal
  9. animal

    Mega Video Wreath

    OK, First, I would like to thank Wayne from Nevada Christmas for the idea. I made the comitment last year I was going to do this. I never welded before, and I had to fabricate everything with home made jigs. So be kind. In the end. After the garland, 2000 lights, 6 red and green spheres, and a dozen or so strobe lights. It should look pretty good. After about the 30th weld. I was getting the hang of it. HAHA!!!! animal [ATTACH=CONFIG]39326[/ATTACH]
  10. Still in need for at least 8 more of these snowflakes if anyone is willing to give them up. Will buy by the case or any quanity. You can email me at [email protected] http://www.snowflakesinmotion.com/inaction.html thanks, animal
  11. Got mine on friday. Really fast!!!!!. Thank you. animal
  12. Still in need for snowflakes in motion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. email me at [email protected] or leave me a pm. thanks, animal
  13. how many snowflakes in motion. I"ll take them all. Let me Know if you have paypal. 34286 north port florida Bill (animal) email: [email protected]

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