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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.

BUGMAN

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About BUGMAN

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  • Birthday 05/02/1956

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  • Location
    Florida
  • Biography
    Married two children
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    self employed
  • About my display
    Lots of lights
  1. Works for me right now. www.ridgeharborchristmas.com
  2. BUGMAN

    Only one

    I was born and raised in Weston. My wife and I graduated from WVU (boy today sucked)! I have been doing this for a while so if you need some help just give me a yell. Right now I live in Florida. You can see the display at www.ridgeharborchristmas.com I have not put up new videos yet on the site but they stink. All my videos stink. Have a good new year to you all.
  3. Chip, sold the nativity to a church here in town the day after you were here. They pick it up on Sat. If you need any help with anything just let me know. Sure did not get to take anything down today and I know Bill had a bucket rented for the day! For me that comes in two weeks.
  4. Chip, Great to see you and your wife last night. Bill came over tonight. I swear I need to get out sometime. Bill, I promise, cross my heart I will make it over next year.
  5. New Years Eve is the last night here.
  6. Thanks Michael. You can still enjoy them as I am going to make more. When you have about 400 or so wireframes, 100 o so blowmolds and about 30 or so inflatables you run out of room. I just want to build new stuff. Oh and I have 23 snowflakes that are going to go if people want them for about $15 each. Most are either 30" up to 36".
  7. I am going to sell 80% of my wire frames, all of my blow molds, and all of my inflatables. The sale will be two days, Jan. 2nd and 3rd beginning at 9am each day. You can view the wire frames by going to my website at http://www.ridgeharborchristmas.com The only wire frames not for sale will be Santa Chopper, Peanuts, Simpsons and the castle area. The sale will go as follows: you come down see what you want and make a fair offer. Bring cash or a good check. I cannot ship so please do not ask. Buyers must take the items at time of sale. The reason I am selling is that I have no more room to build items and I some of the most fun is building. No controllers or cords will be for sale.
  8. Thanks Leann, I have made a bunch of programming changes since your visit. Especially the Robin Wheel had a bunch of new sequences. People are going nuts over it ant the Monster Mega Tree. Santa will be here this Saturday Dec. 19th from 7-9 and as always free popcorn and candy canes. Address and directions are on the website. www.ridgeharborchristmas.com Our White Christmas video is close to 60,000 views on You Tube so someone must like that one. Thanks again and next time knock on the door.
  9. 350,000 lights, 640 channels. 30361 Alder Road Punta Gorda, FL 33982 http://www.ridgeharborchristmas.com
  10. Unless posted it is not against the law to pull off the road as long as you do not block traffic. Not sure if you realize it but there is an easement that extends on the side of every road. Generally in neighborhoods it is 25ft from center of street. That enables the local government to lay water, sewer, power etc. as well as widen the road without paying. If your traffic is blocking the road it is all on them. They should know the laws. If they are pulled off the road completely then there should be no problem. If not they can be cited for obstructing the flow of traffic and you could be cited as well. Best not to get angry at this time but rather try to work through the channels.
  11. BUGMAN

    Florida Mini

    Honestly Steve have known you for five years. I expected no less.
  12. Good job Bill. Always nice to see someone take an idea and make it their own. I do like the foot switch. I use my dimmer with the two outlets for power and for the tester. But must admit your switch looks professional. Maybe someday I will post my Flintstone project.
  13. What theme are you looking for? For instance that train could be had for about a third without lights. I really think that is the way to go if you can do it. You have less problems with shipping with the lights on, less cost for the shipping and a lot less price for the frames. Oh and if you want led lights then be prepared to spend even more. One thing I would stay away from is companies that tape the lights on. While they are good quality and the lights look good they are a bear to change a bulb or replace a string if you need to do it.
  14. BUGMAN

    Sale

    I only bought two. Gives me over 600 channels.
  15. BUGMAN

    Styrofoam

    You do know they make insulation in foam that can be used for what you are talking about.
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