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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 Bobby&Bobbie

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    • Birthday 02/13/1967

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      Richmond Virginia
    • Biography
      We have been decorating together for 10 years but Bobby has decorated his mothers house for 32 years this year, and for the past 3 years we have been decorating our house right next door. Married and have 3 children 2 girls 9 & 11 and a 20 year old son.
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    • About my display
      Our display grows every year. We decorate two homes side by side. To turn on the light we flip 62 20 amp breakers. We use a 60' lift to putwrap two 55' maple trees with over 50,000 light is each. We also use the same lift to put 8,500 c-7 into a 35' cedar tree. This year we added another big tree, a 75' pin tree with 45,000 lights. We have a glassed in room with approximately 140 animated dolls. We were featured on a show called Crazy Christmas Lights on TLC in 2007, Wal Mart used a photo of my mothers home in over 27 magazines in 2007, Cracker Barrel used a phote in an advertisment book in there restraubt about 16 years ago. We have been in two different Christmas books. We start putting up lights the second weekend in September. We work on it everyday several hours and 10-15 hours a day on the weekends. We light up on Thanksgiving. Take down is about a total of 7 days.
    1. Does any one know if General Foam opened their warehouse to the public this year? If so Virginia beach or the NC location? Thanks, Bobby
    2. Carrie I love your chior setup. I cannot imagine what you could do to make it any better. What is your plan? Bobby
    3. Hey BH toot your horn for him next time when you go by.
    4. I bet that was a nice thing to see on Christmas morning. Merry Christmas, Bobby
    5. No way for us to count. We turn on our lights at 5:15 and have the culdesac full of cars waiting for the lights to come on. At 6:00 the line was over 45 minutes long with it getting to over 1hour and 15 minutes. It is like this until 10 or later. In our drive way alone we have an average of 200 - 400 people on foot. Keep in mind from my driveway to my moms driveway is about 170 feet. People park up to four blocks away and walk up. Last night we had 8 people stand in different areas and do a approximate count of people on foot. We did his when we had no buses or limousines here. About 1200 - 15
    6. It sucks bad that this kind of stuff happens. I have been decorating for 32 years. We have had vandalism and theft every year, usually several times a year for the past 28 years. I have already been hit 4 times this year. Last year it was 9 times. This something that we expect. We know it will happen and it is just part of Christmas for us. We are now installing a four camera security system with 24 hour taping. Bobby & Bobbie
    7. Jacob I have been wrapping large trees for 26 years. Check out my pictures to see them for your self. I do two 60' maple trees with 60,000 + minis in each, a 76' pine tree with about 30,000 minis and a 40' cedar with about 9,000 C-7. I have had many different municipalities, tree climbers that put lights in big trees and electricians contact me over the past 15 or so years if input. If you put wrap the trees the right way the only enemy that you will have is fading, a limb snapping off and squirrels. We have a very large population of squirrels around here. A cheap and easy fix for them is ru
    8. That Sucks. Of course it could not have been a cheap item that gets broken. Now you can use him as a disabled vetran soilder. Give him a purple heart. Bobby
    9. We watched the TLC showas ladt night. Even watched Crazy Christmas Lights again, like I have not watched it a hindred times. it just means more watching it during Christmas and withen two hours of the new show with people that we can really relate to because of PC. I will take pictutes of the flowers tonight and post how we made them. Thanks, Bobby
    10. Thanks for the compliments everyone. We have four big trees. One cedar tree that is 40' has about 10,000 c-7's. One clear blinker to every three reds. The 76" pine tree this years has about 45,000 mini lights. The maple tree with the white lights has about 80,000 lights. The other maple tree in the front yard of my mothers house has about 110,000 mulit lights and 65 strobe lights. This tree has been wrapped with light for 26 years. We take the strobe light out and all the c-7's off the cedar tree every year. The cedar tree takes about 10 hours to put the lights in each year. As for the other t
    11. Thanks for all the compliments. I have been decorating for 32 years since I was 10. I joined PC last year and I love it. I do not post too much but I am sure I will do more now. Its great to get compliments for the people who stop by every night. But it is a awesome feeling to get compliments from other decorators. Here is a closer picture of the choir. I should have posted this instead of the flowers. Yes we did make the flowers. We have a total of 15 through out the setup. We have three different flowers and all are different. I get asked many times a night where I purchased them and or will
    12. Not this Sunday. I passed on it this year. No way I could get it set up by the end of October. We were on Crazy Christmas lights four years ago. It is in reruns this year on TLC. Check it out if you can. We will retake more pictures this evening if the weather clear up. I will post some more later. Thanks, Bobby
    13. Here are a few pictures of our 2009 display. We are two homes side by side. I have decorating my mothers home for 32 years. My wife and I bought the house next door ( the one on the right) 5 years ago. This is our 4th year decorating our home. We have about 1,000,000 lights that all get turned on by a total of 66 20 amp breakers. It comes down to two people me and my wife decorate both homes by our selves. Thanks, Bobby & Bobbie[ATTACH]26723[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]26724[/ATTACH] [ATTACH]26725[/ATTACH]
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