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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.

dy929

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  1. Tonight was my first full light up and show. 32 channels LOR, 12,500 lights, 1,500 feet of extensions cords. I had went around to my 8 direct/indirect neighbors and let them now what I was planning and they were really looking forward to it. All of them were out in their front yards at some point tonight after it went live. They were all very excited. I've always been the biggest display in the neighborhood and this year went over the top. Can't wait till next year.


  2. first year doing an animated display. 32 channels 12,500 lights 1300 feet of extension cords and OMG more hair loss and stress than I thought was worth it. but to see the smiles on my daughters faces makes it all worth it.

    21488 ashley brook way Elkmont al 35620

    4 mile nw on AL Hwy 99 1/2 mile past Hwy 99 and Ft hampton rd (two gas stations on the left) Coffman mobile home estates turn right, then follow the road to the left. you'll see the house. 105.3fm is the radio station

    Didn't think I was going to pull it off but finally got it lit and looking forward to next year


  3. New to the forums. My first year sequencing lights; I'm planning on using 32 LOR channels and about 12000 lights. I've done a TON of homework on it all, and have downloaded numerous software and already begun compiling my sequences in LOR S2.

    My music list for this year is:

    Christmas Vacation - Mavis Staples

    Music box Dancer - Frank Mills version

    Christmas Cannon - TSO

    Christmas megamix - no idea who compiled it

    Let it be Christmas - Alan Jackson

    Silver Bells - Martina McBride

    Deck The Halls - SheDaisy

    Carol of the the Bells - no artist chosen yet

    Russian Dance from The Nutcracker Suite

    Amazing Grace - Yule

    I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas - Gayla Peevey (for my 3 year old)

    Frosty The Snowman - Jimmy Durante

    Jingle Bells - no artist chosen yet

    Spirit of Christmas - Ray Charles (maybe)


  4. Athens here, not animated yet, but I'm the biggest display in the neighborhood.

    Also, I was thinking that when we all get our displays up and running we could list our locations so we could go and check out each other's displays. What ya'll think?

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