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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.

W Lewis

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  1. Thanks for the ideas. I can now get busy putting out my display.
  2. I would like some ideas on how to keep the blow molds standing through out the Christmas season.
  3. After speaking with LOR, seems it is a problem caused by an electrical storm. Looking at replacing controllers.
  4. I ran test through the hardware utility and my controllers work properly. When I try to run a sequence, they don't run correctly. I have verified that everything is hooked up correctly. I upgraded to 2.9.4 software, so what version firmware should I be running on controllers?
  5. Thanks for all you advice. The power company is upgrading my transformer.
  6. This is the first year I have used my controllers for the lights on my house, previously I used a mega tree. I am having trouble with my lights in the house flickering when my shows are running. Any one with an idea what could be causing this?
  7. I have the LOR complete package controller. I have previously used outdoor speakers. I am thinking of getting a Whole House Transmittor this year. What else would I need to get set up?
  8. Thanks to everyone for their advice. I sent him a certified letter requesting a return of my money or I would take further action. I received 3 of the 4 controllers today, he is repairing the 4th and will then send it. Believe me, after this ordeal, I will handle tranactions ALOT different.
  9. At first he sent PM messages with always a reason he had not sent the items, but I haven't heard from him in about 2 weeks. That is when I started getting concerned.
  10. Don't know if this is the right place to ask for info, but I am desperate. I purchased some controllers from a member of planet christmas. My check cleared my bank over a month ago, but to date I have not received any controllers. I feel I have been more than patient, and need some advice on what to do next. Thanks for your input.
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