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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.
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  • 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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Very good, looks like a nice display. I also won my city decorations contest this year but now you can only enter every other year sad.gifBut congratulations to you.

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Congratulations on your win this year,

Thats not fair that you can only enter every other year.

Ours is actually by nomination only. Once nominated, the mayor, city coucil and chamber of commerce officers are the people who vote.

Merry Christmas, -Duane

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I think every other year could be considered fair. It gives others a chance to win. If one person consistently wins, then others in the area may stop trying. Soon, some of the larger displays in town that you are competing against go dark. Everyone loses when people stop decorating for Christmas.

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We do not decorate to win the $50.00 gift certificate to a chamber of commerce business(walmart, safeway, local business).

We do it for our children. We do it for our neighbors. We do it for our community, for the children. We do it for the people who cannot do it themselves whether they cannot afford it or cannot physically set it up.

If a person stops decorating because they don't win a contest, that shows the real meaning behind their light display.

Sure I enjoy winning, it shows that people appreciate our display, but winning is not everything.

I also think that if a person decorates to win, losing would only drive them to become bigger and better.

-Duane

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