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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.

teknosoft

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About teknosoft

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  • Birthday 07/16/1974

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    http://www.gatielights.com

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  • Location
    Sterling Heights
  • Biography
    I like to decorate around the holiday season
  • Interests
    Software Programming
  • Occupation
    Director of IT
  • About my display
    I will have mine this year
  1. Glad that you see light at the end of the tunnel. I have just completed my setup too. I will be putting more lights as I go, but I will have the show running...Hopefully I'll get the chance to drop by and see your display.
  2. most is up and working had blown 1 controller I have to see what happened. Still have to wrap one more tree, megatree is done I should have taken this whole week off :giggle: to get the setup completed. I am planning to have the show starting this Saturday. lets keep fingers crossed...
  3. I am planning to run the show this Saturday @ 5:30 .. Had planned for Thanksgiving night, but some delays.. I under estimated the time it will take to put up the lights, but I should be able to do a test run Friday to tweak few things here and there.
  4. Just ordered some cords... thanks for the great find.. I found this coupon code "174-644-906" that gives you a Free $10 Gift Card with a purchase of 59.99 or more. I tried it and it did add a gift card to my shopping cart. Will wait for the product to arrive. :giggle:
  5. Happy Birthday Chuck... Thanks for this community
  6. dinner sounds good to me
  7. would love to attend ... it could worth the 3 hour drive
  8. :santasmileyitty:This is what I am planning for a mega tree this year Lights: 9600 LED /4 colors /12 channels per color 3D North Star $60 (Christmas Lightshow) =300 Lights /3 channels 20 Strobe Lights 6 Sphere Balls = 300 Lights 2 /channels Structure: 2 10' EMT and fittings Conduit $30 Winch Gears $40 Steel Base $20 Steel Cables / Guy Wires + Fastners $100 PVC Base $50 Plans from (Christmas Lightshow) PVC fittings for tree toppers to hold the wires $40 I don't know who's Idea ....:giggle:
  9. The same here, I have extra time to use, so I will be starting the 2nd week of Nov. I will take a couple of extra days there. I hope to complete the display in two weekends.
  10. Any status on mini setup or date/ I would love to join in.
  11. I saw them today, and I was standing infront of their display for while. these look really good, I will visit this weekend to pickup few of them for my display.
  12. To All thank you for the feedback, I really wanted this set that is why I decided to make the drive. The stable can be folded which is a good thing to save on space. I think that I am going to leave the display static and get it setup with a timer controller. I know that animation might grap people attention, but it all comes from this display without it there is no Christmas :santasmileyitty: Thanks Jen, I live in Sterling Heights, MI I will have a website in a couple of days and post some info on it.
  13. Today I got my first Blowmold set for Nativity Set. Even though I had to drive 68 miles each way (1 hour each way), but I think it was worth the trip. I got this whole set for $80 and it includes everything you see in the pictures below. A couple have few paint scrateches from the top, but I will handle that next summer. I have to determin if will I leave them lit all the time or have them run using LOR
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