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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 blaster1422

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  • Birthday 03/22/1984

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The birth of Jesus Christ
  • Location
    Hartselle, Alabama
  • Biography
    I am a happily married man with 2 beautiful daughters and a beautiful awesome, wife. I have a 5 yr old and a 3 yr old. They do not help me with my display yet, but soon they will be old enough and will be right in there with me.
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights, Video Games
  • Occupation
    warehouse worker
  • About my display
    2010 will be my first year with an animated display. I purchased 48 LOR channels and am very excited for Thanksgiving night to light up my display.
  1. Hey Bret, my family and I made it to your display last week and it looked great. I like the additions you made this year. I am in search of a populated list of animated displays in Alabama as well. We have a few around Decatur that we visit, and there are now two in Hartselle, mine being one of those. We are traveling to the Birmingham area and would love the opportunity to make it to some of those. I can't find any addresses to visit. A couple I had seen in the past have dead links if you try to visit their website this year and even the Facebook links no longer work. I hope the people in this hobby are not giving up. I love your version of Mary Did You Know. If you don't mind telling me the song version, I would love to add this to my display next year. Our display would not be worth your drive down, because there are barely any other decorations around, much less DISPLAYS. You can however check out www.peebleschristmas.com and see some videos from our display. Merry CHRISTmas!
  2. Thanks for both of those ideas. Dave, that is not exactly what I saw at the display but the dmx wreath looks like it would be worth looking into. Clyde, I think the holographic paper sounds interesting. Do you have any photos or video of an item you have made? Thanks for the replies. I wish the member on here that I went to his display would see this post and tell me what kind his are. I have emailed him but get no replies about the wreaths. Thanks for the help.
  3. I hope this is in the right section. I have searched all over the internet for a way to make a wreath that appears to be glowing. Perhaps someone could help point me in the right direction. I am talking about a wreath that is made apparently of the stiff ribbon and the whole thing seems to glow when it is lit up. Unlike most wreaths you do not see the individual bulbs on the inside of the wreath. I hope that is not too confusing of an explanation. I am wanting to make three of these this year for our display. Thanks in advance if anyone can help me out with this.
  4. WOW! Did you free hand those drawings? I am looking into adding a few cutouts this year. There is no way I can draw them free hand though. I am sure there are great templates available, if someone could point me in the right direction. I'm off to research now. Thanks for sharing the beauty, and Happy New Year!
  5. Awesome job! I had never heard this song before but you did it justice with your beautiful display!
  6. I'm in Hartselle with 48 channels and 3 CCRs from LOR. I must say Alabama Santa, I bring my family out to your display every year. YOUR house is what helped me talk my wife into letting me jump into this hobby. You have a beautiful display! I will be coming out next week to view again. I am lost in the new (to me) layout. Last year I believe I found several of the Huntsville area displays on here. My family went to I think 6 displays last year and I lost my list of addresses. Does anyone have a list of displays in the Huntsville area? Our display can be seen at www.peebleschristmas.com
  7. Hi I just wanted to speak about the great clip strips from colonnade. I used them this year on my house and loved them. For the places I glued them instead of stapled I used gorilla glue. It worked great. These strips made it very easy to make my lights stay in line where I placed them. Good luck with your design idea. I am sure you will not regret going with the clip strips.
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