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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 putergirl

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  • Birthday 02/13/1958

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  • Location
    Portland, Oregon
  • Biography
    I love christmas
  • Interests
    Decorating for christmas, lights shows and cake decorating.
  • Occupation
    not working
  • About my display
    It's an indoor display. 16 channels.
  1. It's probably way too late to do one this year, but I might be able to attend or help out next year. I'm in Reno.
  2. That is a nice story. Having my little display is sort of doing the same thing for me. It's nice when people come over to see the one song I have done so far, and it's really giving me the Christmas spirit this year. It feels good too, just to have all the lights up. I love every bit of it.
  3. putergirl

    First Snow

    You guys have some nice looking displays! I hope I can get out to see some of them before the season is over. This snow....
  4. putergirl

    Snow & Ice

    All my lights are indoors, so my lights are just fine. *ducks behind the sofa* I'm with you on the sentiment of not wanting to put up with this for several months every year. I really don't want to have to own two sets of tires. I'm thinking California sounds nice right about now, but don't kill me for saying that, I'm an Oregon native.
  5. Thank you Bull and Darin! Yeah, I guess so...I never thought about the snow being on all the lights. Seems the whole northern USA is snowed in right now.
  6. ha Portland i know were that is i live in ID

  7. Well here is my modest indoor light display. The pic that shows the lights on is showing the lights I turn on when there is no show running. I khope you like it.
  8. Whoa, I didn't see all these welcomes.. thank you everyone! It's so nice to be here, you all seem so friendly. I am using a combo of regular minis and LED minis. I have the regulars in "general" areas and the LED's in "specific" areas if that makes any sense! So when I turn off the regulars and turn on the LEDs it really makes an impact. I'll take a picture tomorrow and post it. I almost bought a camcorder the other day but I was too tired to make that last stop.. lol So maybe when we are out of the deep freeze I'll get some video of my display too. Oh, and I'm using a LOR 16 channels. Can you believe the snow?? It sure is pretty though. Nice for a change. A question... how long do you guys keep your displays up? It's so snowy that I can't even get out of my driveway right now, but a friend of mine wants to go see some tractors that are decorated in Forest Grove, so maybe we could me a trip of it and just make the rounds.
  9. Oh, that's so cute!...no wonder they sold out.
  10. The Beaverton Target didn't have much left for lights. Friday and Saturday the Rite Aid right down the street had %75 off but very few LEDs left.. mostly all white and I don't do white. And I'm pretty much snowed in right now too. BMcGeeny, you're a monster! I could never get to that many stores.. make me tired just thinking about it. Gonna have to look up that Fleet Farm.. never heard of that before. So many new exciting things to learn in this Lighting world.
  11. Chocolate Christmas Truffles 1/2 cup whipping cream 1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur 2 tablespoons coffee liqueur 1 1/2 teaspoons instant-coffee crystals 1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate pieces 1/4 cup butter Sifted cocoa powder 1. In a bowl, combine whipping cream, Irish cream liqueur and coffee liqueur. Stir in the instant-coffee crystals; set aside. 2. In a heavy saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Remove from heat; gradually stir in cream mixture until blended. 3. Transfer to a bowl; cover tightly and chill in refrigerator about 2 hours or until completely cool and smooth, stirring occasionally. Mixture will be slightly sticky. 4. Shape tablespoons of candy into balls. Roll each in cocoa powder. Place on a waxed-paper-lined baking sheet. Chill until firm. 5. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If you like, roll in additional cocoa powder before serving. I've been making these for that last three years and they get rave reviews. You'll have to wash your hands every now and then, they make a mess, but well worth it. Also, go to a cake decorating store and get some good cocoa. And if you want to skip the Kraft products (Kraft is an environmental mess), Trader Joes has excellent chocolate chips.
  12. Hmmmm... that might be what I saw. I guess I'm just going to have to go and take another look at the lights that I saw last year. Thanks for taking the time to reply though.
  13. Hi Randy, I would but we're kinda snowed in right now... the entire city is practically snowed under. I'll get a pic when I go to my sisters house on christmas. It won't warm up till then anyway, and I saw some in her neighborhood last year. I think I'll go knock on some doors too!
  14. So they are just ordinary blue leds? And they are dark like that? I wonder if they make minis in that color because I would love some. So far I only see the regular blue minis. And also wondering where to buy them... I've never seen them in stores, and I can't find them online.
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