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  • 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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In college, I stumbled onto an old coffee vending machine (put in a quarter, a cup drops down, then a squirt of water, shot of coffee grounds, a little sugar and a touch of cream.)  It used a mechanical timer to trigger everything to make a cup of coffee.  I removed the coffee making brain and relays, "reprogrammed" the mechanical cams and connected it to five different strings of Christmas lights in front of my parent's house to make the bushes look like they were chasing each other in slow motion (this was 1973.)  People talked about it from all over.  In 1984, I used an 8 circuit dedicated computer board and connected it to solid state relays to control 4 vertical and 4 horizontal strands on a big Christmas tree in my front yard...  people would stop their cars in front of the house watching the lights dance on the tree... and I knew I was onto something.  The next year I used a retired Apple II and had 16 circuits to control.  In 1990, the Apple blew out it's power supply and I shifted to a PC clone... and it's been growing each year.   Now it's become a family tradition for a lot of people in the middle Tennessee area.  I couldn't be more proud!