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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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Post up all you New Yorkers!

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Hello another new yorker here i am about an hour south of you.

Hi Viper75,

Welcome aboard.

I see in your profile that your a farmer. My folks opperated a dairy farm until 1991 and still have the property. Now they keep a small herd of beef cattle and sell hay to cover the taxes and such.

Post up some pictures of your display when you get a chance.

Scott

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Hi everyone,

Jim from Coram here. That's on Long Island about 3/4 of the way to Montauk, or the end of the Island. Just noticed the New York forum and wanted to say hi.

-Jim

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Hello to all you new yorkers i always check this thread and never see anyone around my area posting and now i see 2 both within a mile of where i live glad to see you guys on here!!!

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So far so good here. I let our show run from 7am to 8am this morning while I was pushing snow around. Looked really nice with the layer of ice on the lights. ;)

The trees out back on the other hand are looking sad... I hope we don't get too much wind around here until all the ice melts otherwise we are going to be cleaning up downed trees everywhere. :(

-Jeff

p.s. I posted some pictures of icy snow on the lights here...

http://talk.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?t=28283

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Well, we were dark for a few days but are back up tonight. We had about 1/2" of ice on Thursday night so we left the lights on to try to keep some of the ice off. It worked until 3:45am when a falling tree took out the power lines. Just got power back about an hour ago. Only lost a few bulbs and 1/3 string of net lights. I was expecting much much worse.

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Hello to all you new yorkers i always check this thread and never see anyone around my area posting and now i see 2 both within a mile of where i live glad to see you guys on here!!!

Make that 3 now. lol

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