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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.

mjs805

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    Carmel, NY
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    Home Improvement
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    Government
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    Lots of Blowmolds

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  1. Big J, I know this is an old thread, but I am looking at doing driveway arches. Can you explain further how you connected the 3/4" braces to the arches? Also, my arches will not be connected to the house. Would you recommend guy wires on either end, essentially pulling in opposite directions? Thanks.
  2. I remember that year. Everything was frozen solid. I was afraid that my candy canes and blow molds would crack if I tried to pull them out. Hopefully the rain and warm (Ha, I'm calling 40 degrees warm) later this week will free things up.
  3. -10 here this morning and we have about a foot of snow on the ground. I'm not taking anything down today. We are supposed to get 40s and rain Thursday through Saturday (melt white devil!) so I'm looking at getting most of the stuff off the house, lawn, trees and bushes next Sunday and Monday (MLK Day). Cords are a different story. I will deal with them in March or April. It's not like they are going anywhere. I just like to get the visible stuff down as a courtesy to my neighbors. I don't want to be an eyesore. Who wants to look at Christmas blow molds in February?
  4. Cool. I'm guessing it will air in the fall. Please keep us posted. I would love to see the finished product.
  5. I received a comment on my youtube video from someone claiming to be with a commercial production company and wanting to discuss their client using a "decked out holiday house like yours" on their instagram feed. I just ignored it. I don't want to inject business into this. I'm sure there would be a lot of fine print to read through. I'm just in this to entertain the community and raise money for my charity.
  6. 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
  7. I run mine until Jan 5 every year. When I was a kid, my Mom always said you leave the lights on until Little Christmas. I think I just like to put off taking it all down as long as possible.
  8. Thanks everyone. I looked at the website yesterday. I think the snowflakes are about the only thing they still do for mini lights.
  9. pjwallen, thanks for bumping this. I may give these a try next year. A few of my Philips rope light snow flakes have failed this year and wrapping new rope light around them is a huge pain. I could see me doing 2 sets, one in cool white and one in blue. Thanks again!
  10. 25,000+ lights on 68 LOR channels. We are located in Lake Carmel, NY.
  11. I was in a Lowes in northern CT today and they were already starting to consolidate the Christmas merchandise and shrink the section down. I think the retailers have figured out that they would rather have bare shelves on the 20th than half full shelves on the 26th. I do miss the days of me and my sons filling multiple carts at Target, bright and early on the 26th.
  12. Wow! Great Song. Amazing show!
  13. 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.
  14. This year we have over 23,000 lights synchronized on 64 channels. Merry Christmas!
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