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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.

D. Moyer

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The Nativity Story.
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    I have been decorating ever since I was 6 years old. I am now 31 years old and have set up over 25,000 Christmas lights each year for my annual Christmas Display. I use one CCR and 128 channels of Light O Rama to control over 15,000 lights for the front yard and the backyard is a static walkthrough display with aporx 10,000 lights. Also, I help others in my community decorate for the holidays. I also decorate for other holidays such as Halloween, the 4th for July and Easter. To learn more about my displays you can visit www.moyerdisplays.com
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    Christmas Lights and Model Trains
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    Cashier at a local Grocery Store
  • About my display
    The 2019 Christmas Light Display consisted of over 25,000 lights and featured over 150 Blowmolds and 128 channels of Light O Rama. For more information you can visit my website: http://www.moyerdisplays.com/index.html.

    Planning for the 2015 Christmas Display is currently underway.

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  1. Here's a picture of my 2019 Christmas Display. To learn more about my display you can visit www.moyerdisplays.com 


  2. They look good! Neat idea! I too am a Disney fan and I have a few Disney pieces in my own display. I might look into doing this myself at some point!
  3. Hello all, I know I haven't posted over here in ages but hoping to change that soon. Anyway, just a reminder that QVC"s Christmas in July sale kicks off at 12 AM EST. http://www.qvc.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProgramGuideDailyView?storeId=10251&TimeZoneSelect=EST&Navigate=20130720
  4. Haven't been over here in forever. Time to take a little time to check some things out...

  5. I understand where you’re coming from. However, there are a lot of people around these forums who sell sequences. My understanding is some sell the sequences with the mp3 file and some do not. Each sequence has to be specific to the song it’s intended for, otherwise it wouldn’t make much sense in our displays. As long as they aren’t selling your mp3 with the sequence I think its fine. But like you said, I too have a problem with people trying to make money off of your song. In that case, they should pay a licensing fee. I understand what most musicians go through in their careers and that it’s not an easy life.
  6. Yes, from what I understand, Buddy sold out a few years ago.
  7. You're welcome! Glad I could help!
  8. Thank you! From what I heard that's the way the small Nativity set was shipped from the factory. You had to drill your own holes. Not sure why Empire didn't just put holes in them in the first place.
  9. This is what to do about your Church. From time to time you'll see on ebay, as I have, a full set of window frames, plus the stained glass window inserts and the cross. Just keep checking there and I"m sure you'll come across them eventually. 10 bucks is a great price for the Empire Church. I say go for it. I hope this helps!
  10. Thank you! I like the bells too. I've never seen green ones like that before.
  11. Thank you! I'm sorry to hear that. I just took a look at your profile. If you're wanting that one, I would talk with Carrie and see if she happens to know about where one is for sale in your area.
  12. Thank you and no, I keep all my molds. But if you wait, might find one on ebay. I heard they are on there from time to time.
  13. Thanks! Yes, that is an Empire Toy Soldier. I'm glad to hear you were able to find 6 this summer.
  14. Thank you Gary! Thanks for the information on the candles. I have some flame bulbs. So that's what I'll put in them this year.
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