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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 dschultz

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  • Birthday 03/01/1956

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  • Location
    Spring, TX
  • Biography
    Just getting started with animation
  • Interests
    Photography, Christmas
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    46500 lights, 270 LOR channels.
  1. I do it because of comments like this - If I could vote for best Christmas lights in Gleannloch Farms, I would vote for my neighbor across the street on Rose Dawn Lane! WOW! What a joy to see and HEAR! Thank you neighbor for the Christmas joy. Picture would not do it justice. You must drive by. Christmas music is broadcasted through to a radio station. You listen and watch the magic. and this - My daughter is 18 months old and I drove by last night to let her see it. I wish I would have video taped her response. She was totally mesmerized. Thank you so much for getting to see that look on her little face. I'm pretty sure I was making the same face while watching! Fun for all ages.
  2. That is a cool adaption of the original. What kind of ribbons did you use? Would love to more about your construction.
  3. According to their website, they are sold out.....
  4. I had a similar experience. Once I got it untangled, I wound it up on one of those garden hose reels. I think it was one that held 200' or so of hose. It maybe it easier to handle.
  5. Doug - I was looking through Lori's website for wireframe clips last night and couldn't find any. I just thought she stopped handling them. Does she have them on her web page and I just couldn't find them? Thanks Doug
  6. I saw that version on Itunes when I was looking for the new song she did this year...Oh Santa....I didn't know what the Extra Festive meant. I like the version you used better than the original (which I used). Thanks for the info.
  7. Nice. Did you create that version of the song? I haven't heard that one before.
  8. Sure. They are simply 2 of the growers flower baskets from Lowes and Home Depot zip tied together and then wrapped in lights. I have 14" and 10" ones. The growers baskets are wire and usually have some peat moss in them. They are pretty simple to put together.
  9. I struggled with this too as I live on a corner with a huge slope. Tried deck blocks with plywood on top. Eventually went the more expensive route of putting in a tier of landscape blocks, with plans to put flowers on the ground level and the top. Here is a picture. http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/5262363436/
  10. What if you spray some of the foam insulation for sealing cracks, etc. between the candy cane and the rebar? Would filling the gap hold it straight?
  11. I agree with Walter. The JUMP is the way to go. Mine withstood a pretty good thunderstorm Christmas Eve with wind gusts that took some gutter off the neighbors house. Mine is at 20 Feet.
  12. Looks great! I hope to build one next year.
  13. Curious how you attached the motion detectors to trigger the LOR controller to activate the show. Thanks
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