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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 Dazzlelights

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  • Birthday 09/30/1960

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    We are always known as the Griswolds of the neighborhood. We wouldn't have it any other way.
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    This is our first year (finally) with music/synchronized lights! We are so excited. We have 144 channels. What was I thinking??? Second year now.... 11 boxes this year and a Mega Tree!!!!
  1. I've traditionally always had my lights down on the 1st or 2nd. This is my second year with LOR. I've had people asking me to keep our show/lights up for a few more days. Then I tried to schedule my show for less time each night only to have people come to my door and ask if I can put them back on! I still have some light traffic. I think its time though...never have I had my lights up this long! LOL Not that I'm complaining... glad people like them and no trouble!
  2. Thank you. Now.. a good punch? Where do I get that and what is it? :.)
  3. Is coroplast fairly easy to work with? What would I need? I just saw some pinwheels and starbursts that I would love to make for Fourth of July and Christmas. Would I buy it at the local hardware store?
  4. Bought ours from Darryl and love it! We bought the Mega Tree Kit from him.
  5. We got ours from ChristmasLightShow.com- from Darryl. It looks awesome with the Mega Tree kit we also bought from him- with is really fantastic!
  6. I agree- he is wonderful to deal with. We have just gotten our Mega Tree up- bought the kit from him- and WOW.... fantastic! Everything is explained and a video comes with it- absolutely fantastic! We also got a three D star from him and it looks fabulous on top of our Mega Tree. We are SO happy we bought the Mega Tree kit from him!
  7. Wow... what a fantastic article! Thank you. Thank you to everyone. It helps to hear about what you are doing and your experiences (to go along with the article). I am finding all sorts of things to read in the forums and learning how to find things. Thank you again.
  8. Okay, so we are going to start building our Mega Tree today. I am still unclear on how I put them to channels (LOR). I also am looking for some sequences so I can see how it is done. We will have four colors and 48 channels. I would appreciate any help on seeing how that is done. Where can I look?
  9. He was very fast and very efficient with my order! I'm sure it will be soon. It is a busy time of the year for him though!
  10. Oowww... my brain hurts. Wow. Well, I jumped in last year with 144 channels... this year with 176 AND a Mega Tree. I am planning on having twenty blow ups and lights (inside) on every window and was hoping to be able to time all of them. Still not really sure about this x10. How much energy do each blow ups take? Do I put them all together? That just doesn't sound right. I'm still new to this... full speed ahead... but this is still confusing to me. How many extension cords and items, etc can go into one outlet?
  11. Does anyone have any information on what x10 is? How I can use it? And where to get it? I use LOR and have many static items as well. Thank you.
  12. Middle school for both mine. I also got the oldest one his first- to know where he was going, events, etc, etc. As they get older they go places with other friends/parents and it gave us piece of mind. We've been lucky- only one has gone over on minutes- once- never again when the phone was taken away for a week. Definetly get the unlimited texting. Both mine even take them to school- keep them out of sight - and have used them to let me know when the school bus has BROKEN DOWN and I was frantic- so yes, peace of mind with them having cell phones is wonderful. Never lost one yet- they know they will buy the next one with their money.
  13. So, now I've figured out how to leave you a message... but still haven't figured out how to leave a post on this site... LOL

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