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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 bcarlson

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  • Birthday 05/19/1967

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  • Location
    Lawrenceville, GA
  • Biography
    Married and father of 3 boys
  • Interests
    Adventure Racing and Orienteering
  • Occupation
    Software Engineering
  • About my display
    Don't have one, looking to start my first in 2009
  1. Well, I'm going DIY (LYNX) with my controllers. Due to the wife going back to college, my Christmas budget was reallocated. Since this was going to be my first automated display, I thought I would instead put the lights up in static form. Both to get a sense of any problems I might have to resolve and to see how long it would take. Well, the wife and I spent 2 hours putting up lights on a 20ft tall crape myrtle and a Japanese maple. The plan was 600 red and 600 green for each. That night I found out that I need a lot more lights. The 1200 on the CM looked good, but when using just the 600 of a single color, not so good. So this year is turning out to be a very productive year. So on top of getting a dongle and a fm transmitter, I'll need another 5000 lights to make the 3 trees in my yard look good. My note book will have good information for next year. Brian Lawrenceville, GA
  2. Yeah, a LKP is what I have if that works for you. Brian
  3. Not sure what a Buzz Box is, since I'm new. But I have a light bulb tester, that allows you trace the elec. So, you would plug in to the wall and wave it over the lights until it stops beeping. If that helps. Brian
  4. Thanks for the help. I'll store them in the attic.
  5. Georgia Crew... I'm getting my first controllers this Jan, I'm going DIY with Lynx Express. I was wondering if storing lights and ext. cords can take the Georgia summer heat in an attic. Anyone store in an attic? Brian
  6. bcarlson

    GA Mini 2009

    I've marked my calendar for the date. I won't be able to commit until late march though. Brian
  7. I'd be interested in attending. Brian
  8. I went to Aldi today, and they had Christmas Projectors for $7. The kind where it would project a image on to a house/garage door. Hwy 120 & Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd Just thought I would pass it a long. Brian
  9. bcarlson

    I quit !!!

    Anyone know of a store that has White Mini's with Green Wire, in the Gwinnett Area? Brian
  10. bcarlson

    I quit !!!

    FYI, if anyone is looking for 100ct Multi Green Mini's, I was at Home Depot this morning (85 & Old Peachtree) $0.65, single color were .99 Great price Brian
  11. bcarlson

    I quit !!!

    Michelle, Well, I ended up picking up some stuff today. I hit up Garden Ridge and Target. GR: 6 - 14" Wreaths with Blue & Silver bulbs (no lights) 7.50ea GR: 2 - 36" Plain Wreaths 10.00ea Target: 12 Blue and 12 Green 100ct Mini's 0.99ea BTW, the Target on Lawrenceville-Suwanee (Hwy 317) & Hwy 120 has Red Mini's, about 30-40 boxes at 0.99. But no white/clear. Brian
  12. Thanks! The maps are perfect timing, i'm heading out tomorrow night. Brian
  13. Hi everyone. I just getting started. My plan is to try to hit up the sales between now and after xmas for lights. I'm hoping to have 16 or 32 up next year. I have a long way to go, as my static display consists of 5 candy canes. My family and my In-laws were looking hit up some of the displays up in north east of Atlanta. Blearning, If I could get a copy of the map, i'd appreciate it. I saw some of the postings for Cumming, Flowery Branck, and Alpharetta, so hopefully we hit up some next Saturday we'll hit them all up. Brian Lawrenceville
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