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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 bclv

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  • Birthday 05/27/1975

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  • Location
    Las Vegas
  • Biography
    Family guy who loves Christmas lights.
  • Interests
    Off road desert racing, building and figuring things out!
  • Occupation
    Tile & Granite Contractor
  • About my display
    Huge static display, all lights, no LEDs-keeping it old school!
  1. I think the best thing to do is to try and please your neighbor. Put up the signs, add more voice overs, even go out and direct traffic if needs be. But the most important thing would be getting to know your neighbors throughout the year so when it comes time for your show next year they aren't so upset about it. IMO, worst thing you can do is retaliate.
  2. I would think the safest thing to do would be renting a boom lift, climbing up there just isn't worth the risk of falling. As far as attaching the lights, I would make a frame that sits on the ridge that fits your roof angle, maybe hold it down with a sandbag or two. I might not have explained that as good as I am imagining it. I will put together an example of what I am thinking of and post a picture of it tomorrow.
  3. Do you have a picture of your house and roof line? That will probably help with any suggestions. I used to live in Gardnerville and I know what you mean about the high winds. If you do use the lattice, remember that it will rattle around on the roof when those afternoon winds kick up.
  4. MEK will remove silicone. Wear rubber gloves and really good eye protection.
  5. bclv

    Nevada Welcome!

    Hello guys, newbie here. I have always done large static displays, but it's starting to get boring. I am looking at going LOR for 2009, too late for this year. Any suggestions for next year? I would love to come by and see what you have done. Wayne, I used to live in Gardnerville, my dad is a doctor there. I visit often and would love to see your setup.
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