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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.

    JR V

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      Just 1 Light!!
    • Birthday 02/20/1979

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      Kennewick, Washington, USA
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      Just One Light!!!
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      Jesus & My Family
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      Home Designer www.V3DD.com
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      Our display consists of One light.

      The light that God shines down on us.
      However he has allowed me to use his one light as a bunch of little lights to reflect him.
      And I will try to use his one light as best as I can to show other people his love, his way and his life he has for us.

      How many little lights isn't as important as the one "True Light", Jesus Christ.
      And I will continue to shine his "True Light" so that others may be able to see
      the most wonderful lights anyone could ever see.
      "The Heavenly Lights".

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    1. Hey Kevin. I think there is a subject that needs to be talked about that I havn't seen anyone talk about at the minis. "Security".
    2. John those clips would would on the ridge for you too. The main reason I went with those ones was because of how they stretched open and allowed you too get it around the tile. If you make it to the mini this year I think I have a couple extra still floating around that I can show you.
    3. Yes I have. With pretty good succes. The year we had to take off while building our home a customer that I design for asked if I would be interested in putting up there lights for them. The only clips that I found that would work well on tile were these ones for Action Lighting http://actionlighting.com/item-detail.asp?ID=367&MainCategory=&Sub= (item#100SLA1CLIP). There a universal clip that allow you too clip different types of lights onto several different surfaces. Here is a pic of the outcome from how those lights looked. http://lights4christ.com/07lights.html Even thoug
    4. A little late in getting this one posted. Lights 4 Christ 20 W. 19th Ave. Kennewick, WA 99337
    5. JR V

      Mini in Oregon!

      If the vendors our out of state they don't charge tax anyways. Thats one of the things that I hate about the fact that Amazon had to open up a facility here in Washington.
    6. Very nice how-to. I am really hopeing that we video tape setting up our 45 footer next year to make a nice how too for the taller trees. It was a little difficult teaching at the mini plus last month trying to do everything off of pictures. Pictures can only show so much. A video explains a lot better.
    7. Hi ho hi ho Accross the mountains we go Three on the go To Marks house we will show
    8. You have Papa and I. So you can add two there.
    9. JR V

      Mini in Oregon!

      Hmmm, Maybe I can tell the wife we going camping in Florence and just happen to stop in Albany on the way. Shhhh don't tell her.
    10. JR V

      Tacoma Dome

      So were there any other PC members that were lingering around this past weekend to watch the WIAA Wrestling State Championships this past weekend? We went over there to watch my neice wrestle for Pierce Franklin High. She didnt place but a great time there. I am extremely impressed with her. Her record for this year was like 22-10 and 21 of those 22 wins all came as a pin. Thats just amazing.
    11. JR V

      Snow & Ice

      Brandon, Instead of making the tree shorter, you might want to consider just raising the trunk. That will help to illiminate short strand issue. This year I actually did something a little different then I've seen and actually had my outer ring of the trunk higher then the inner ring. So this made the strands slope down and into the center. I did this just on a wim only because I went from a 25' tree to a 42' tree and had to remake my rings. But rather then remaking the center ring I just slightly modified the outer ring of the old tree to use as the inner ring of the new tree, then ju
    12. K, sorry about the quality, this is the first time I have ever posted anything on any of the video sites. This is an animation that I did with our two boys. http://www.vimeo.com/2580024
    13. Riscit, I think a lot of us that get into computerized displays for the first time try to come up with a how much is it going to cost. Honestly it really is hard to say. You have already been giving some great advice. A big key I always do is know what your going to need, and watch for sales. Personally if you plan on using one of the PC kits, I highly recommend using the cases that LOR sales. I know that you can pick up a piece of Tupperware for about $10 but there cases are only $24 and they are all ready set up for mounting the controllers as well as they come with the wire stress r
    14. Im not seeing the pics. Did something happen to them?
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