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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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Everything posted by Pamw

  1. Bob Hall - Nicely done. I was afraid to go the mp3 route this year. Maybe next year...
  2. Yes they are! I started with the florescent versions, but they kept dying on me. I found some good old incandecents and they work just fine!
  3. Nice display, Bumpus Hounds! I need to add some SSRs to my display next year. Here's a link to my 12 channel Gemmy: I changed a few channels around after I made this video and it is much cleaner now! I'll upload it soon.
  4. Pamw

    LED Ice cycles, help!

    My Sam's Club didn't have them - but I found some at Lowes for 50% off - the bad part? Only one box:(
  5. The Victorian Carolers are also quite nice! (I am one during the holidays!):santasmileyitty:
  6. This reminds me of my old theatre days - we used to take rhinestone earrings and "color" them with permanent markers to change the look. To take the color off, use fingernail polish remover!:santasmileyitty:
  7. Got the Gemmy Lightshow LED trees in white light and one box of gemmy icicle lightshow lights - woo hoo!:giggle:
  8. Pamw

    LED Ice cycles, help!

    That sounds like the Gemmy Shooting star Icicle Lights - www.gemmy.com I saw them at Lowes a few weeks ago but they are gone now.
  9. I got the Light Keeper Pro at hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon - that put the price around $12!:santasmileyitty:
  10. You cannot. You must use plain ordinary lights that don't blink. The Gemmy Lightshow makes them blink!:santasmileyitty:
  11. Found them! Improvements catalog: http://www.improvementscatalog.com/product/lighted-candy-cane-arch.do
  12. So THAT'S what that thing is called! We were in the Lubbock airport as they were putting up the tree and one of the workers was using that thing. My husband was intrigued, to say the least. I see a Target trip today!
  13. As soon as your lights "blink" they have been switched off. When they come back on, the sequence originally programmed into the lights starts over from the beginning. That's why you only see one color. Don't mix the programmed strings with the Gemmy lightshow box. Not what you wanted to hear, but at least it explains what happened.
  14. They aren't in the NC ad. Just the Lowes store brand.
  15. Is there a step by step for us newbies? I want to add one, too. I thought I saw a "how to" on the forum, but I cannot find it now.
  16. Welcome to NC! I am just beginning my display, although I've had a static one for years. What area did you move to?
  17. What about one of the movie house themes? Like the Fox Fanfare, for example. BTW, glad to be here on the forums. Getting ready to begin the hanging of my first ever "over the top" lightshow!
  18. Do you mean "Sleigh Ride"? One of the lines in the song talks of "a sleigh ride together with you". Since it is still under copyright, there is no real free version. However, you can find it on this site to download and the price is reasonable: http://search.musicnotes.com/?q=Sleigh+Ride&search_id=Top&hl=n :santasmileyitty:
  19. Well, I am still trying to jump in there with my display in Greensboro. Bought up a lot of lights after Christmas last year. Trying to get my teenage sons to assist in the putting up of said lights:121_reindeer: Maybe next year...
  20. Hi JimGso! I'm in GSO too! FYI, Home Depot Battleground still has boatloads of lights, but still only at 50% off...
  21. Oh....My....Goodness!!!!!!! That is incredible!!!!
  22. My local Walmart said Saturday AM for the 75%.
  23. Happy 2009! I notice this thread is older, but since I am looking at doing something similar for '09, what are the copyright restrictions on these characters? Anyone gotten into trouble over using them?
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