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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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About djulien

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  • Location
    Fountain Valley, CA (Orange County, So. Cal)
  • Biography
    My autobiography is at http://www.thejuliens.net/autobiography.html
  • Interests
    Christmas lighting, model railroads, etc.
  • Occupation
    software engineer
  • About my display
    software: Vixen
    hardware: 112 channels (Renard, stripboard, mux'ed out to 200 channels)
    display: fencing/chicken wire + duct tape + minilights
  1. Sorry I'm behind in reading all the forums (I am mostly over at doityourselfchristmas), so I didn't read your post until now, but here are my comments ... A nativity scene is the main focus of our Christmas display, and we blend other secular stuff into it (rather than the other way around, which seems to be the most common approach). The props are mostly related to Luke 2, and we also include a segment in the middle of the show that is a narration of that (from the Charlie Brown Christmas show). We have some photos at http://gallery.eShepherdsOfLight.com and some videos on YouTube (search for "eShepherds of Light"). There may be some new ideas in it that you might be able to use. don
  2. djulien

    Show a picture of your nativity

    Attached is a photo of our navitity set. There are more photos at http://gallery.eShepherdsOfLight.com and videos on YouTube if anyone would like to see more. don