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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 reasonforseason

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  • Birthday 12/21/1965

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  • Location
    Warwick, RI
  • Biography
    I am a kid at heart and excited to be able to have my own blinky-flashy!
  • Interests
    Reading, Learning, and Church.
  • Occupation
    Teacher
  • About my display
    Have been doing static displays since I owned my first house. One of the reasons I bought my present home is because it is a corner lot that would be great to decorate.
  1. Lovi it! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Hi everyone, I've been trolling this website for a few years in hopes of having my own display some year. I look forward to seeing eveyones' display. I have enjoyed yours Howard for years and was introduced to this site by your display, thanks. John
  3. Would this be in Milford? and am I right in thinking that Milford is near New Haven? I am asking because RI is so small that if it was closer to us we would love to come too?
  4. Thanks Fabian, I love it. Very simple yet very elegant. Thanks for posting.
  5. Wondering if anyone is doing anything for Easter and would love to see pictures.
  6. I drove by there last night but it was late and didn't see much. If someone can remember to bump this thread next season I'll try and take pictures. That bug is also a movie star, it was in a couple of movies I believe.
  7. Frank, I'm never around there, I'm always taking rte. 37. I seem to remember from years ago that they had a lot of bm's and lights. I am surprised that it is still lit. Yea, what he said.
  8. Hi Dan, I don't usually go that far south so I am not familliar with what you are talking about but I will take a ride by tomorrow to see it.
  9. how about somthing like a sewing machine foot pedal? Just my 2 cents:)
  10. left click on person's name in post, then choose send private message.
  11. If you click on the picture it blows up nice and big.
  12. Hi Leroy, Search the forum for Bethlehem Star. I know it is a big star with 3 channels. Very nice star.
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