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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 KBoas

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  • Birthday 02/24/1958

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    I am 50. I had a serious illness 7 years ago that left me phyisically disabled.I have worked as an electrician,a mechanic,in landscaping,and various other jobs in my years.I have a beautiful wife of 22 years,two fantastic kids that are grown,and three great grandchildren.I'm a big kid when it comes to christmas.
  • Interests
    Grandchildren,Woodworking,Gardening,Model trains,RC Cars,Christmas
  • Occupation
    Retired due to illness
  • About my display
    My display is modest compared to most I've seen on the Planet Christmas site, but I still have the brightest home in our neighborhood.I can't afford alot, but every year I try to add something new. I hope to someday computerize. I have had static displays for over 20 years. UPDATE....Nov. 1, 2008 ....I didn't have the cash for an LOR, but i was able to get a Lights and Sounds Of Christmas Deluxe today. This will be my first step into musical animation.
  1. KBoas

    Any luck so far?

    I'm on the other side of the Cascades, It's been in the 30s' but no rain, and thankfully no snow yet. I started day after Halloween and I am actually ahead of my schedule. Chance of snow tomorrow, just have to see how things go. If the weather holds I'll be done early. Hope Hope !!!!!!!!!
  2. I need to find a source for 6V mini replacement bulbs, all I have been able to find is 2.5,3,and 5V. Any Ideas?
  3. KBoas

    Radio Channel Sign

    I like number 5. Try to increase the font size. I put the largest lettering I could on my sign. Here's a picture. [ATTACH]24975[/ATTACH]
  4. KBoas

    Radio Channel Sign

    Try to keep your design as simple as possible. Have your lettering as large as you can get it.
  5. Build-A-Sign is having a free shipping promo for 2 weeks.
  6. KBoas

    Anybody here ?

    Boy am I late on this thread. I'm still here in Bend OR. Had our first snow on the 4th, has'nt warmed up since. Weatherman saying a chance of snow Monday, this is way to early. I hope to get to the valley sometime this season to see some of the displays you guys have. I'll have to watch the Oregon threads a little close now. Keith
  7. My Ramsey, with the whip antenna that came with it, and the output power set to about 75% transmits approx. 1/2 mile and sounds great.
  8. Good Luck...Our Prayers are with you, and for a quick recovery.
  9. The snow was about 1 mo. early, leaves haven't even fallen yet, it destroyed numerous trees in the area from the weight on the branches. Yes I built the light house for my wife about 7 yrs. ago when we lived on the coast. When we moved I just could not leave it, I had just started building it when I found out I was sick, so it was a mad rush to finish it before the treatment made me to ill. I didn't know how long I would be around, I had to finish it. Thankfully I'm still here. I guess thats why Christmas means so much to me.
  10. First Snow.....Oct.4th, I wonder if this is a sign of things to come. [ATTACH]23761[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]23762[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]23763[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]23764[/ATTACH]
  11. Do you have a picture? Never mind I forgot to scroll up . Sorry
  12. Ditto Guys..... I would feel as though I was stealing if I did that.
  13. Thats Great....I've had trouble getting motivated too. Between financial and health reasons, I just can't get it together. I hope a little of that kind of motivation will come my way.
  14. The spools at our Lowe's were distributed by LG Source. Had only Multi and white. Looked like the rest of the Leds were all GE.
  15. KBoas

    costco leds

    Yes ...I would. Thats a bit to much.
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