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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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  1. I've got a question for anyone else that lives in cold climate areas (you southerners need not respond). Does anyone else run projectors outside in the cold climate? And if so, do you leave it out all night or do you bring it in after your nightly show? I live in Nebraska, and I always bring mine in at night which is a pain to have to wait until the show is over each night (and the last car has left) before I go out and bring it in. So just curious if I'm just being over cautious with it. Mine is a Dell 2400MP projector if that matters at all.
  2. This year for my front door foyer displays I am doing a Jack Skellington animated setup. For starters i wanted to utilize two animations currently available- The Jack Skellington head animation from http://www.themightymicroscope.com/windowcreeps/ and the the jack Skellington face from http://singingpumpkins.bigcartel.com/ From the outset, you see the challenges: One is just a face on a white circular background and the other is part of three faces on a black background. Long story short, using a combination of After Effects, movie maker, and couple of other programs the faces are now together in the same size and shape I want. The entire video itself is around 11 min long with multiple songs and themes so it doesn't get too tedious and its scalable- I can use it for a small image like the doll's face or I can contruct a 4ft wide circle and bow tie for jack to be projected on or even against the house or as a window display. I still have to populate the rest of the display as time goes by but by far this was the biggest hurdle Enjoy https://photos.app.goo.gl/Mop3u9Q4DI1KTpp22 Victor
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