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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.

BroLarry

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  1. Just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy, happy new year. After my tear down, I'll start working on our Mini-Plus. If you have any ideas don't forget to pass them on.
  2. Congratulations on getting something you really wanted. Merry Christmas!
  3. Hey all. Does anyone have a good method for attaching rope light to the edge of a shingle roof? If I had a good method, I could start decorating right now.
  4. Sorry for the goof. I meant to say "General Foam" Joseph and Mary.
  5. A friend of mine saved a Empire Joseph and Mary from going to the dump and passed them to me. I would like to find the matching Baby Jesus. Here is the Joseph blowmold on ebay http://www.ebay.com/itm/General-Foam-Nativity-Joseph-27-Tall-Plastic-Outdoor-Lighted-Blow-Mold-Decor-/111140012632?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19e0760258#ht_1124wt_1170 Anyone have one to sell or know where I can find one?
  6. Hey everyone! Are your Ready???? This Saturday will be our 5th Annual Mississippi Mini-PLUS. Although the weather is HOT!!!, we will be in the cool of the large meeting room of the Flowood, Mississippi Library. We've got the soft drinks and goodies. Lunch will be there around 11:30. The fun will continue through our Dinner time at Cock of the Walk Restaurant over looking the Ross Barnett Reservoir. Don't forget to bring those show-n-tell projects and any newspaper/local tv accolades that you received from last season. BRUSH UP ON YOUR CHRISTMAS TRIVIA!!! Be careful in your travels and we'll see you on Saturday in Flowood, MS at the 5th Annual Mississippi Mini!
  7. Well, less than one week to the 5th annual Mississippi Mini. I hope everyone is excited. Make sure you bring a show-n-tell and plenty of waist-band for fried catfish. See you on Saturday..
  8. Actually for demonstration purposes, I am going to set up the Santa face to welcome people to the mini.
  9. Hey Scott, I don't know why I didn't call you about this. I want this to pick up people but not pets.
  10. I want to attach an outdoor motion sensor to an LOR mini director to operate a talking Santa face. I have the controller, mini-director, and the face, just need advice on an outdoor sensor. All help is appreciated.
  11. Greetings Deej, I have sent our brochure as a PDF to you via email. You should have it now.
  12. The Mississippi Mini that has turned more into a regional gathering will be held on August 11th in the large meeting room of the Flowood MS Library. If you would like to receive info by mail, send me your mailing address or check us out on our Mississippi Mini Facebook page or come to www.merrychristmasmississippi.com and look on the Mississippi Mini page.
  13. Come one come all to the 2013 Mississippi Mini. This will be our 5th in a row and promises to be a good time for all. Classes on DMX, Christmas Light Photography, Electricity Conservation, Soldering, and the list is growing each week. We will see friends from St. Louis to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and most of the surrounding states. Even if you have provided it before, please forward your physical Mailing address and I will send you a flier. We are really looking forward to the 2013 Mississippi Mini Gathering!
  14. I live in central Mississippi and the local weather guy just said the heat index is 99 degrees. This is what I need.
  15. Hey everyone. I am putting the agenda together for our Mississippi Mini this August and was thinking about some kind of LOR Demo, Class, Sequencing Competition, etc. Has anyone done this at a Mini? My main problem is in our venue, set up and take down must be done on the day of the mini. Any suggestions would be great.
  16. BroLarry

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    Welcome to a great hobby and a great website/forum.
  17. Taking down the display always gets me to thinking about next year. Right now I already have a couple of projects moving from the drawing board to fabrication. But hearing about someone who can turn their lights on with SNOW, (I'm in Mississippi) Oh how I wish I could.
  18. Now why can't I do that? Just great Bill!
  19. One of these days I want to get some of those.
  20. That choir is very good and this is a wonderful way to incorporate more of the story of Christ's birth into our displays. Way to go!!!
  21. Greetings everyone, On Saturday I put up a big wireframe "Peace Dove". It is 15' in the air and was a booger to put up by myself. Before I put it up, I checked the LED's to make sure my efforts would not be in vain. All good. I got the wireframe up and secured, plugged her in and everything looked great. I just went outside to plug it in for tonight and all the lights on the body of the dove are out. I climbed up and checked the connections and they are ok. Any suggestions?
  22. Got up another 2,000 lights today. "It's beginning to look alot like.....OhhhhBoy!
  23. Glad to here that you are able to do some work on your display. Keep it up; but be careful.
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