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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.

Dave Zent

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About Dave Zent

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  • Birthday 09/10/1975

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  • Location
    Fort Wayne, IN
  • Biography
    Husband and father
  • Interests
    Sports, my kids
  • Occupation
    A little of this, a little of that...
  • About my display
    Couple thousand static lights...looking to upgrade.
  1. Welcome to pc. Glad to see another INDIANA person on here. But you better change your signin name quick! There is a firm no purdue fans allowed rule.
  2. I stole the idea from Richard. He did a "How to" thread http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/35636-Sphere-How-To I followed his instructions to make the sphere. Then wrapped the Sphere in chicken wire and attached the lights to the chicken wire so the space between the "ribs" would light up. Almost like the sections on a beach ball.
  3. While not really a "cutout", I did make them out of plywood. http://vimeo.com/17550590
  4. This reminds me of watching potergiest when I was a kid. When Craig T. Nelsons son in the movie was counting to see if the storm was getting closer or moving further away. And then the tree came in the window and grabbed him. Thats what you need to scare them! Not a 2 second delayed thunder sound. But a tree to grab them!!! But, uh, not really sure how to make that happen. Does the interactive part of LOR or LSP cover that???
  5. He is shipping pre-orders. I received mine on Wednesday.
  6. Where did you get the Funkins?
  7. http://www.youtube.com/user/DavidZent I begged, borrowed or stole most the ideas. I'll add other songs as I get them loaded.
  8. Dave Zent

    Ice Swap meet

    I can bring the following minis if anyone wants them - $1.00 a strand 68 green/green wire (58 wal-mart - 6 new in box and 52 balls used 1 year) (10 Holiday Living used 1 year - Lowes) 14 red/green wire - wal-mart 11 new in box - 3 balls 9 mulit/green wire - December Home used 1 year - Meijer
  9. UPS is delivering my order today. I need a little help from the board. How do I get my wife out of the house so she isn't there when they stack up 9 boxes at the front door?
  10. Dave Zent

    Light-Up-Ohio 2010

    I agree that the States will try and find better ways to collect sales tax on items purchased via the internet. However right now....I bet the number of people that pay use tax is less than the number of people that have never driven a car faster than the speed limit.
  11. Liked your sign I took picture of yours to FastSigns. Backlit. Used 1X4 to build box. Used 2 under cabinet lights, screwed to back of box for illumination. Screwed the box into 3" PVC candy cane (johnson's corner) style. 2 cabinet lights caused issue with LOR. Would turn on every channel. Put 100 count mini on the same channel and fixed the problem
  12. Dave Zent

    LED tree line

    What about using green trees and green wire minis? WalMart may have run out of lights but they still have plenty of green fake trees that are going for $5.00.
  13. I clipped 3 clothes lines to the hookhead of the mega before I cranked it up. Then staked the clothesline to the ground inside the minis - making a triangle (1 stake each 120 degrees). The stringer with the strobes is also attached to the hook head before cranking up. After raising the lights, I walked in a circle wrapping the stobe stringer around the 3 clotheslines. Dont have to worry about minis sagging, and it provided some "depth" to the stobes. probably an easier way, but it worked. I did the same thing with 6'' led ornaments.
  14. Terry, I actually have a few boxes of green sitting in the garage. Unfortunately I already promised them to someone competing in....... The Bikini National Fitness Championships in Hackensack, NJ. So they'll be in Hackensack by the 10th of July Sorry, oooopps... wrong thread
  15. Dave Zent

    Ice 2010

    Awwww, come on Terry, the voting is 2 to 1 June over July. The Fort Wayne Parade (3 Rivers) is July 10th.
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