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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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Hey out there! Is there anyone else in missouri with me?

I am but im moving to denver, in a few months or so. where about do you call home? Im in fenton.

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Hello, my name is Gene and I live in Cape Girardeau (in SE MO). I have about 120 blow molds and about 8 inflatables. My big project for 2008 continues to be a transition to LED lights.

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Animated Lighting's headquarters is in Kansas City.

Yep, Figured that out.... Now just to figure out if they are hiring....

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Not in Missouri, but for all practicallity I will say I am. Cahokia, IL across from downtown St. Louis.

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I used to live in Missouri. O'Fallon, actually.

My whole family did the lights then. We had c7s along the roof, a wireframe snowman in the yard, and two spiral trees.

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I'm going to be in Washington Missouri this coming week (tomorrow night through Friday morning). Anybody up for a chat and a couple of brews somewhere?

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Well welcome to missouri! I would like to but have to work mon. thru sat. this week. It's a bummer st louis is not to far for me.and I've red Alot of your posts here. you have helped me alot over the last year. So I should buy you a round. my have to catch you later......

or slip past the wife and boss..............

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I am in St. Peters. Is there anyone in the area that can help me put an Fm Transmitter in a Mr Christmas Lights and Sound Controller? I would like to get it done asap. Thanks for any help.

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