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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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    1. My wife loves this! She helps put up the lights and design the look of the house (not the show, but the layout.) She loves to do math so she had a blast planning out the Mega tree dimmensions and the amount of lights we needed last year. We bought a new house so she gets to do it all again. She is 100% behind me. She wants to get another 16 channel this year during the sale, but with the new house I had to tell her we could wait till next summer sale.
    2. My wife doesn't care for multi color either. The option really is all white or all different solid colors. We are animating it.
    3. I have moded the antena on a Belkin Tunecast II and you can hear it clear with line of site. Which is nice since there is no reason to hear it if you can't see the lights.
    4. Hey All, I will be using 5 mini trees built from the floral easel design. I cannot decide what color to use, and wanted your guys input. I can do all 5 white. All 5 differnat solid colors (Green, White, Red, Blue, Purple.) Or do all 5 with multi color. What have you guys done that has worked well. I am afraid to do all white because I want there to be depth, and some people down the street might not be able to notice the change it is it all white. Thanks.
    5. Hello All! I am working on my first show this year and just wanted to say HI! I will post all my sequences once I get done with a few. Anyone have a good site to use to post these? Also if anyone has Whitney Houston's Star Spangled Banner or a good version of Do you Hear what I Hear sequenced would you be willing to share? I am about done with WH National Anthem, but not very happy with the result. I hope to be around for awhile so any tips you have would be nice!
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