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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 towerman

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  • Birthday 11/17/1974

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  • Location
    Eagle Point, Oregon, USA
  • Biography
    Proud Husband and Father
  • Interests
    Fishing, Hunting, Golf, Ect, anything to get my mind off work!
  • Occupation
    rf field tech
  • About my display
    First year with LOR!! Using color changes between clear and blue. I lost track of lights used after 10,000!
  1. I was surprised this morning to see the local news had been out doing some filming, my house is the first one shown and the inspiration for the music:) http://kdrv.com/page/198936
  2. I feel the pain, Mega tree ran until it started raining tonight. My lawn is a swamp this year:(
  3. Welcome Paul! Dave, What is up with the pillars?! Same show for me this year with a few more songs if I get the urge. Considered taking the year off, but I just can't let myself come to that conclusion. 2011 will be totally re-done! Halloween is up and running as long as this weekend's storm doesn't blow it all away.
  4. towerman

    Anybody here ?

    Darin, Well, looks like we will be able to keep our roots in Southern Oregon. I very much enjoyed the job I held in Portland But I accepted another position in Southern Oregon that better suits my background. No pulling up roots, life should return back to some form of normal!
  5. towerman

    Anybody here ?

    Darin, No idea as of yet, any input would be great! I am in Wilsonville for the time being, but want to look for the best school system for the kids. Any input would be appreciated! I was kind of looking towards the south-west side, althoutgh Oregon city area doesn't seen too bad either, I was just told to stay out of the NE area, Gresham, ect,,
  6. towerman

    Anybody here ?

    Hey all Oregonians! Looks like we will be pulling up our southern Oregon roots and be moving up to the Portland area this year. I have accepted a new job in the Portland area, so the Fam will be following me soon. It looks like I will also have a new "canvas" for 2010. A close friend of mine does the Christmas ships every year, and it looks like we will be doing a nice animated display on his boat this year! Should be fun!
  7. towerman

    Any luck so far?

    I went with 15 channels on it:D She ended up almost being 40' + 3000 minis, I guess that could qualify it as a Mega Arch!
  8. towerman

    Any luck so far?

    Yup, that's our funace vent up there! It does add a cool effect when it is running, it was all of about 19* or so when I was filming, I'm done with this "Bend" weather.
  9. towerman

    Any luck so far?

    Here's what I'm lookin like!
  10. towerman

    Any luck so far?

    After several weeks of chasing gremlins, we are running at 100% tonight! Light O Rama and their customer support are the best! Thank you guys for the replacment controller! I'll have some video posted soon:)
  11. towerman

    Mini in Oregon!

    You can thank the empty suits in Salem for chasing business to Washington.
  12. Before we started having kids, my wife and I took our convertable Mustang on a two week tour through Vegas, The Grand Canyon, and all the parks in southern Utah. Zion ended up being our most memorable stop. Well that and the sunburn from having the top down for most of the trip!!
  13. towerman

    Mini in Oregon!

    My Brother in law lives on the North side of Albany, needless to say we're up there ALOT. I'm hoping to get up there in a few weeks. I'll let you know when, you golf?
  14. towerman

    Mini in Oregon!

    Sound good to me! July or August would work out better at least for me.
  15. I don't know if I know any jokes that would fall under the three rules:D
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