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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.

    Darlene Pino

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      Albany, Georgia (Southwest Ga.)
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      Christmas Light newbie as of 2008
      I am the official Court Reporter for US District Court in Albany, Georgia. My husband, John, is the IT Director for the City of Albany and Dougherty County. He's the computer whiz, I'm the artist.
      A great combination for Animated lighting!
      Pet Psychic.
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      Christmas lights, dog behavior and training, artist,
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      Court Reporter, dog Trainer
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      Our first display will be Dec 2008,
      We have six LOR controllers and a DMX controller. I plan to do my own creations with a dog and Santa theme for 2008. Snoopy & Peanuts for 2009 adding a mega tree.

      Woo Hoo, it is going to be a fun Christmas! Now who is going to take all this stuff down come January???

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    1. Be sure to install cameras at eye level so it can get a good capture of a face. You can hide them in bushes, and other places so they are not conspicuous. A common mistake for cameras is to put them up high so they presumably cover more area, but who can be identified by the top of their head? Not many. Make sure you have a place to store your videos for at least a month or two. Sometimes they become evidence and you won't be notified of the need for several months, especially if there is a car accident in front of your house or someone claims to have tripped on your wires.
    2. I remember getting one last year that looked like this one but we didn't chose to participate.
    3. What do you mean by Do it yourself? Clarify, please.
    4. Got this email today. -------Original Message------- From: Christmas Casting Date: 12/27/13 18:27:31 To: [email protected] Subject: ABC's The Great Christmas Light Fight We are trying to reach you again regarding the show. I don't think we heard back from you last time around. Please give us a call ASAP if you are interested in applying for season 2. Thanks, Kristina Hauser 818-934-4312 Casting Director The Great Christmas Light Fight [email protected]
    5. I believe I read field paint like for sports fields. I know from personal experience, if I'm spray painting something on the grass in the winter, it is not visible when springtime comes with the new sprouts. Some people use Liquid Gypsum, but not recommended for high alkaline soils.
    6. Christmas lights etc has a sale, Home Depot has 50% off. If there is anything left at Lowes, it is probably 75% off by now. Home Depot usually goes to about the tenth or 15h of January before they go 75% off. Target should have good sales by now.
    7. The police like to park in front of our lights to do their paperwork. I love it! That and the security cameras, warnings and two large BARK-ALARMS (dogs) works quite well. We haven't had a problem in 5 years.
    8. To late for 2013, but you can start buying on sale now for 2014. You can rent an snow machine and buy lots of blocks of ice to make it. You can use one of those Snow Light Flurries machines to simulate snow and snowflakes falling that is projected onto your house. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2fN5vLoyYM Artificial snow is very very expensive. But if you limit the area, it won't cost so much. http://www.sno-wonder.com/?gclid=CPu3pqiq0bsCFUho7Aod7lIAEA You can paint your grass white. It wont kill it. In the springtime the new growth will overcome any paint. I live in Southern
    9. I have to add to my tough year: The day after I got released from the doctor about the broken foot, i tore a ligament in my knee. Yikes, another year of healing! I hope the third time is the charm and no more injuries!
    10. here is the link: http://www.command.com/3MContentRetrievalAPI/BlobServlet?lmd=1379960332000&locale=en_WW&assetType=MMM_Image&assetId=1273659903634&blobAttribute=ImageFile
    11. Something I have always had in the planning stages but have not done is using rotating tree stands to put Skaters or dancers on. They rotate one direction then turn around and rotate back, so the cord doesn't get tangled. I thought that might be good for a twirling skater on a pond. I bought a bunch at Hobby Lobby after Christmas for 75% off with that idea. You might like to try something like that.
    12. Welcome to Planet Christmas and I love your display!
    13. No, we don't get snow at all where I live. If snow is a problem for you, then you might want to use all lights like suggested in a previous post.
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