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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 H2Opolo15

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    • Birthday 10/01/1990

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      I'm a student at BGSU in Ohio. Currently enrolled in Architecture. I'm very active, I participate in activities such as water polo. I hope to continue growing my lights display until the day I can no longer.
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      Christmas 2009 : 16 channels 4700 lights

      Christmas 2010: 32 Channels 16000 lights!
    1. Hi everyone! I would really appreciate if you all could help me out and vote for me #20 Bittersweet Road, Sylvania in this local holiday lights competition. Thanks in advance!
    2. Well, apparently Black Friday now begins at midnight (they literally can't push it back any earlier any more) so now it isn't at too obscure of a time for me to go. I usually stay up that late anyways. So what stores have the best deals? I live near just about any retailer you could think of, so just post anything you find out. Happy shopping! It's finally the season!!
    3. Raining a lot today... Nothing today. Tomorrow at approx 12pm when I get home, overhaul will begin! Weather hasn't exactly been pleasent, but it's supposed to be in the 50's this long weekend, hope I can get everything up by Friday night! Hopefully I can pick up a bunch of stuff Friday morning/Thursday night because apparently Black Friday now begins at midnight.
    4. I have to wait for the leaves to fall, plants to die, grass trimmed for the last time, and sprinklers shut up. So Thanksgiving weekend, Wednesday, Houston gives me the tho and we will have liftoff.
    5. Hi everyone. It's been waaay too long since I've been on here. I've been really busy with school but with Thanksgiving almost a month away, I've been working on my show. Unfortunately school and other extra curriculars have eaten up all of my time. So right now I am currently working on a "Holiday Mix" of several different classic holiday songs that is 10 minutes long plus a 3 minute intro audio from the light scene from Christmas Vacation and a 1 minute outro from the aftermath of the same scene. I've always have around a 20 minute show composed of 4 or 5 songs, but with so much school work I
    6. I have everything set to go except I don't have windows operating system... Can anyone help me out?
    7. I'm sure I'm really late on this response but if you have the PC controller (IMO the easiest) then you don't want to run your lights off of it all season because then you won't be able to use. What I have done is I use Parallels (or bootcamp which is free and an option on your Mac) which allows me to program my lights on my common computer and when the time comes to hook everything up, I transfer it all to the only Gateway computer and create a show on it. You don't want to run your show off your make unless you're willing to give up your Mac every night your show is on... In short, get Parall
    8. Unfortunately I have had the same problem with a few strands here and there. One strand actually allowed for some current to flow thru and that particular strand was completely dead but the rest of the tree was just very very dimly lit. Not quite sure what the problem was but hopefully I'm out of the woods now that everything is set up and ready to go and going. Best of luck to you all
    9. Tonight was my first show! It was a great feeling!
    10. I kind of sounds like the kids were just reiterating what they hear from their parents. That is always a possibility with kids that age. Hopefully that is not the case tho...
    11. That is absolutely incredible! I can't wait to see some of the songs!
    12. H2Opolo15

      TSO Concert!

      I was on the right side of the stage in section 119 so towards the back but only about 1/2 way up. I loved the whole show! I was absolutely blown away!
    13. Lucky! So far I got 1 set of icicle lights up... I still have to put up another layer of those (when they come in...still waiting) and then do the rest of the house. That is my thanksgiving break project.
    14. I keep mine inside to avoid all of the above. You should have more than enough range to reach the viewing area of cars so I think you should try and look for a place inside. Just to be safe. You don't want that $200 investment ruined in one season.
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