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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 DaveMal585

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  • Birthday 02/05/1967

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas Vacation of course! And Elf!
  • Location
    Sayre, PA
  • Biography
    just starting to grow my Christmas lights display. Have a little over 4,500 lights
  • Interests
    Christmas!
  • Occupation
    financial analyst
  • About my display
    Its on a small ranch. about 4,500 lights, 42% LEDs. I have iceicle lights on gutters, C-9s around garage doors and windows. Love blowmolds, have santa on sleigh with 4 reindeer ( hopefully 8 next yr). Also, I use GE's Lights and Sounds of Christmas

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  1. I’ll keep them in my prayers
  2. I do this, just make the hole at the bottom big enough to fit the chandlelier bulb and fish the plug end though the hole and use one of those plastic rings to keep it in place. doubt that makes sense...
  3. DaveMal585

    2017 Display

    Nice, love the palms in the Nativity!
  4. Nice display! Really like the Merry Christmas...
  5. RIP John...

    1. qberg

      qberg

      That is a sad one...he was a big influence on a lot of us when I got into this hobby many years ago...praying for his family.

    2. BamaSanta

      BamaSanta

      Just read this and really hated to hear it. He will truly be missed in this community of Planet Christmas. He was a man who truly loved Christmas. Godspeed John.

    3. TED

      TED

      I was just thinking the other day that I couldn't remember seeing any recent posts from him.  I wondered how he was doing because he had posted a while back about having some kind of lung problem.  I sure hate to hear that he passed on.  His posts were always cheerful despite his many health issues.  I'll miss reading them and seeing the pictures of his displays.

      TED

  6. Hi Dave,

    Do you have any pics of how your reindeer are mounted to the 2x4s?  I am trying to come up with a solution and I like yours.

    Thanks You.

    Keith

    1. DaveMal585

      DaveMal585

      Hi Keith,

      Did I ever reply to this?

      Dave

  7. Thanks Mel, I also was thinking this was HI, not Poloron but wasn't sure...
  8. I have mine (mostly) ready, side by side, but i'm concerned about attaching one end to the roof as it is kind of heavy. I was going to secure the one end to an old satellite mast at the ridge but I'm not sure that's the best idea. Anyone have any ideas? (I was going to attached the other end to a tree)
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