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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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DanoNJ last won the day on December 23 2018

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About DanoNJ

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  • Birthday 09/01/1958

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    Monroe Twp, NJ
  • Biography
    been active in displays since I was a kid
  • Interests
    Boating, building
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    Premium Auditor
  • About my display
    I live in Monroe Twp, Middlesex County, NJ. I will have for 2009 approx 20K lights, computer animated lighting sequences, and several animated (movers) cutouts which include: roof top waving Santa, teddy bear see/saw, waving large stuffed bear, mini merry-go-round, juggling snowman, Jack in the Box, dancing reindeer and a very large toy factory which has two elves that move and appear to be making toys, a 'conveyor' that has gifts which appear to move along and drop into a Santa bag, arches and lolly pops. There are several snowflakes on the roof with a Bethlehem Star. Several other items should include gum drops that frame the house and large snow balls suspended from the trees that have internal lights that change colors. And I now have choir peeps!

    Last year I earned First Place in the township decorating contest and have placed each of the last several years.

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  1. Date has been set for this year's mini, to be held in Dayton, NJ again. Last year was such a success with the venue, we booked the same site again. Here is the web site for more info and registration. Date is April 6th. Red Cup social Friday night as per normal. https://dancona4.wixsite.com/epicchristmas
  2. Have a great time and post some pictures!!
  3. Since your brackets are busted and your teams are on their way home, might as well sign up for the Jersey mini today!!
  4. You can also play along on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157080087781386/ I received a nice note from someone who will be attending the mini this year, which they stated they are new and very much looking forward to the event. Got me thinking, if you are relatively new to the hobby, I don't want you to think this will be only for those that have been around for a while. Please sign up!! You will never again have the opportunity this year to talk in person to those that have the answers to all your questions!!! April 14th is right around the corner!!! Hope to see all of you there!! As a matter of fact, if you're an old cranky vet of the hobby. you still have things to learn. So you might as well sign up also!!
  5. Registration is now open! Visit the web page below to sign up. This year’s event will be held on April 14th at Pierre's in the Dayton section of So Brunswick. The site is easily accessible from the NJ Turnpike and Route 130. Doors open at 9:30, presentations start at 10am, lunch around 12:30 and we wrap up at about 5 or so. Cost this year is $50 per person. I have made every effort to keep the cost down. Agenda is still in the works. I think we are going to have a very loose agenda this year with a few presentations early in the day and then possibly some smaller group discussions on topics of interest that were brought up via the survey. At least, I hope we can accomplish this. With that said, I encourage you all to bring along something you’re proud of or made or possibly an item that others have made mention of here. Check with me if you have any questions. . In years past, is seems like people enjoy the milling around between stations and being able to have more time to talk to one another. I’m open to anyone that would like to be a presenter. I’ll post some topics soon, or if you have one, let me know. For those coming in from a distance, hotel arrangements have been made with a slightly reduced rate at the Renaissance/ South Brunswick, same hotel as the past 2 years. You will find a link on the web page that will assist in making the reservations or simply call the hotel – number on the web page. The reduced rate covers room bookings for Thursday as well as Friday and Saturday, as I’m aware some may come in earlier. Red Cup Social will of course be held on Friday night. The restaurant will be announced soon. Everyone will well come to attend. There is still a lot of work to be done prior to the event, so please stay tuned. The web site will be updated accordingly throughout prior to the date of the event. https://dancona4.wixsite.com/tristatemini2018 You can also play along on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157080087781386/
  6. with any new migration, all I ask is that old material is not lost. Last time we had a change here, I lost not only most of my PM's which contained some great info from members who are now deceased, but also there are many older posts that no longer have the pictures or links. This alone was very upsetting.
  7. No guy wires and you're looking for a problem - just in case wind storm come in. PVC is not really all that strong
  8. I would like to thank Andrew and his family for once again hosting the event. Also thanking Steve, Jack, Dan and Ken for the thier fantastic presentations. Thank you also goes out to Chuck for helping with the organization. To all the vendors that contributed door prizes - many thanks for your continues support to the event and hobby in general. Please keep them in mind while purchasing goods and services. Thanks to Allison and Bobby for streaming some video. ( I have no idea how that came out, but hope it was somewhat successful) Last, thanks to all of the attendees for taking time to make the trip. Without you, the event would not have been the succes it was.
  9. And yet more thanks to additional vendors supporting the event: Gregg at http://winkelbottoms.com/ Chris at http://radiant-holidays.com/ LOR http://store.lightorama.com/index.html Once again, a big THANK YOU to all the vendors that have contributed. Please support them all as they have supported you!!!
  10. 132 Park Ave, Cinnaminson, NJ See post #5 for more details.
  11. Time is running out! Less than one week left for the Jersey event. If you're around on the east coast and want to get in on the fun and walk away a little better informed on new and old hardware / software, sign up today!!! Hope to see you all there!
  12. Like to thank the following for thier support of the event once again this year! Darryl at http://www.christmaslightshow.com/ And our own Dave at http://diychristmas.org/store/ Thanks guys.
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