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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.

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    About mjs805

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      Carmel, NY
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      Government
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      Lots of Blowmolds

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    1. I agree with the others. My Wal-Mart lights seem to last just as long, if not longer than, lights I've purchased from the online retailers and they fade just as well. It was nice to see lots of green LED mini lights this year at War-Mart. Usually I have to purchase green lights on line. At the Wal-Mart prices, I don't even try to repair lights anymore. If a set doesn't light, I throw it in the trash and break out a new set. It takes me long enough to assemble my show, I don't have time for repairs.
    2. I use red/green/white/blue in my animated display. I think it adds something to the sequencing when one color is shown at any given time. That being said, I don't think your multi show in the video looked cheap. I enjoyed it. It is also the less expensive route for sure. Maybe you could leave the bulk of the display multi and do individual colors on the mega tree. Just a thought. Mike
    3. 25,000+ lights on 68 LOR channels. We are located in Lake Carmel, NY.
    4. Wow! Great Song. Amazing show!
    5. Thanks for the compliment. I buy my programming from Animated Lighting, so what you see is what I get from them. I just don't have the time to do my own programming. Maybe someday, when I retire. Happy New Year.
    6. This year we have over 23,000 lights synchronized on 64 channels. Merry Christmas!
    7. This year we have over 23,000 lights synchronized on 64 channels. Merry Christmas!
    8. I go live on Thanksgiving night. I've had people tell me that they come by every year on their way home from Thanksgiving dinner, so I can't change it now. I try to have the show complete the Saturday before, allowing for last minute tweaking and shooting some video without any cars out front. The neighbors give me some funny looks on that weekend, but I don't care. I know I've got a screw loose.
    9. A couple of years back, just after Christmas, a guy came to our door and told my wife he had a bunch of wire frames that he got from his sister's estate and he wanted to donate them to our display. A couple of days later, I came home from work and a bunch of boxes were leaning against the house. There were 8 reindeer and a santa sleigh. They were very old, but still in the original boxes. The wire frames were better made than anything you can get these days, but the light sets were in really bad shape. Over the summer that year, I took them out and harvested enough working lights to get t
    10. mjs805

      Green Lights

      I have been wondering the same thing. I use the Philips c6 LED strings in my display. I got a bunch of them in red, green and cool white at Target on 12/26 a couple of years ago. As my display has grown, I have been able to get the red and white at target, but have had to order green c6s online. Does anyone know if this is a demand issue? Or is it more expensive to make green LEDs? I'm just curious as to the reason. Mike
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