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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.

Madison Christmas House

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About Madison Christmas House

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  • Birthday 05/14/1952

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    Madison, Indiana
  • Biography
    just getting started
  • Interests
    Model Railroading - "G" scale
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Not much, just getting started.
    About 16,000 led lights. for 2010
  1. How many of these DRI-Box's did you use. I will have 12 controllers,
  2. I have 16 L-O-R controllers and 12 CCR controllers. The cabinet will set around the corner of my house. I will have 1 of my 5 securely cameras on it. As for the wiring, I have about 3 miles of have always put the controls in my garage before; believe it or not this will be closer.
  3. Thanks for the ideas. I have been thinking about how I was going to store my light controllers during the time that my shoe is going. I was going through Wal-Mart and saw a utility cabinet on season end sale. I brought it home and installed L brackets on the sides and back, I installed all 16 of my controls inside of the cabinet and cut a hole in the bottom of one of the doors for wiring to run in and out of. I will attached a cut inter tube above and stuff it in the hole to stop snow from getting inside. I’m still not sure about my CCR controllers, but will probably put them in a plastic tote. I have added a photo of the cabinet so that you can see what it looks like.
  4. I’m going to story my L-O-R and C-C-R controllers in plastic totes during the time that they are being use for my Christmas light show this year. I’m guessing that I need to cut a small hole into the tote for the wires to run through. My question is how do you seal the hole so that rain and snow does not get inside.
  5. I have 2 items that the lights keep dropping out. These are an outline of a drummer and an outline of a sinning deer. Controller # 7 has the drummer on it sometimes it works great and sometimes the outline does not work, but the arms work. The sinning deer is on controller # 14, again sometimes it works and sometimes the outline drops out but the open and close mouth lights work. I am using LED lights and I have redone the program for the control of the lights. Both of these items worked great the first 2 nights, this problem showed up on the third night. The controllers are in a dry location. Does anybody have any ideas are come across this before. Thanks for you time.
  6. A few days ago, I saw a video of The Polar Express (Hot Chocolate (Tom Hanks)) on a cosmic color ribbon tree (SuperStar). Does anybody know where to find it? ---Thanks.
  7. I live in South East Indiana, and I checked the sign shop here. I hope you are setting down. I ask about 2 sheets of 4'x8' black - $105 per sheet. I bet I had a strang look on my face, as I laught. I would order off of the internet, but it is about $90 for shipping, oversize I guess.
  8. I wish to thank all of you for your responce to my post about (Marty) Fan.
  9. I would like to build a light fan - I do not know what the hobby name is,but the lights go from the ground up to the arch, not around the arch. I would like to know about how many strands of lights to use for a fan that is 8 foot wide and 8 foot tall.
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