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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 midnight302

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday 05/31/1978

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  • Location
    Little Rock
  • Biography
    In the Airforce
  • Interests
    Well Lights
  • Occupation
    Aircraft Mechanic
  • About my display
    Just starting out for 09
  1. Just make a hook and use a pole to lift the string up to the the top of the mega tree. This is what I do. The hook snags the top of the tree then I walk around and around.
  2. Will check this out. Is there place to get on the train near where the Mini will be held? Sorry for the dumb questions but only ever been to NYC and I just drove right in and payed out the rear for parking.
  3. Thank you so much! How close are you to downtown Chicago? Don't worry about the shirts. Since I am due to arrive home Sept 2nd I will be cutting it really close. So please do not spend money on shirts. Really excited to come up and say hello. I just hope we don't have to delay on the way home. Edit: Also any good hotels? Wife would like to go downtown to a few Museums that weekend. I'm finding that $150 is average for a night stay.
  4. Hello everyone. My name is Jason and I was thinking of coming up to the Mini on Labor Day weekend. I have one problem though. I am military and in Iraq right now as we speak. I can not visit the website http://chicagolandregionalmini-plus....t/view/132/70/ from here due to the military for some reason blocking it. How much is it to attend? The other problem I have is I live in Little Rock AR and I am due back right before that weekend. It is a 10hr drive. If I pay and I do not get back to the states in time can I get a refund? I might have just enough time when I land at Little Rock to sleep and start my way to Chicago. It is only going to be me and maybe my wife. Can I pay when I get there? Thanks Jason
  5. You can prob use the films they use in Par cans. I know those get hot and there fine.
  6. What up Ritchie. Can you guess where I am. NCOIC of CTK in Balad! Good news is that I will be home for Christmas. Trying to add 32 more Ch this year to make it 160. Talk to you later Jason
  7. I know this is old but I'm in Cabot AR. I will have lights up this year also. 160 CH
  8. Ran across this on You Tube. Off to the right you can Download the Video.
  9. midnight302


    Man those look really bright. Not a bad price! Thanks for the link.
  10. Do you have any strobes? In need of more of those this year. Jason
  11. Watching your videos are these the slow flash rate strobes. 1-2 times a second?
  12. Pm sent if there are any left.
  13. Here is video of my traffic. http://www.youtube.com/user/midnight302#p/a/u/0/wFvdWpCfk8A Thank you KeninTN for posting what you did. You sound exactly like my house. I would get so mad at the cars that would fly around the others honking there horns. One truck did it 3 nights in a row so the 3rd night I sat in the truck and chased after him. When I pulled up to his house he went off. Luckly I calmed him down and he then said sorry. NOT A GOOD IDEA TO DO LOL. Almost got in a fist fight over it. Now I just let them fly by and I wave:giggle:. Knowing this pisses them off even more. The city cops came out the first week because some one called them and started to threat to write tickets to cars that were stopped. I told a neighbor about it and WOW he went crazy. Called the mayor and everyone below him about it. Never had that problem again. I don't know what that old man said but I thank him. The fire department would stop by every other night and watch. One night I was waving this truck to not stop on the no no side of the street. He would not move so I walked over and it was a fire truck. When I walked up to the window I was laughing saying that they can not park on that side in case the fire department need to get through. He said all emergency services were aware and not to worry about the traffic. It was crazy the first year. Am i going to do it again? Heck ya!!!! I had people crying, laughing, and dancing to the lights. Loved the feeling of making so many happy. Jason
  14. Man I wish I could afford LED's but starting to think they may be good for things like roof outlines and bushes. Building a mega with LEDs would cost me over $700 just in lights.
  15. Welcome to PC! I do not care how small a display I see I always get a smile on my face when I see even one bulb. There is a house down the street from me and they put a red, blue and Green bulb in there lamp post in the yard during Christmas. I like it because they have shared the same passion as me and that is decorating for the season. Taking time out of there busy days to get up there and change 3 bulbs says alot about a person.
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