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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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Hello all New Yorkers. I am from Da Bronx. I was happy to see the thread for New Yorkers.

It seems as if I'm always doing something Christmas related in the off season. I am rebuilding my animated crain this year. The other animated items I have built, are Santa going up and down a chimney, a see saw, skaters going around a rink, a dump truck and a bulldozer.

Jimmy

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Hello Jimmy

I am from the other end of the state. I am currently working on some new ideas for my display. I don't have any homemade decorations yet, but with the state of the state and being unemployed, I will scrounge for parts to build decorations. The project that I really want to build is a train to go around my 4 acre lot. Do you have some pictures of your display?? I have some of last years in my profile.

Steve

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Hello Jimmy

I am from the other end of the state. I am currently working on some new ideas for my display. I don't have any homemade decorations yet, but with the state of the state and being unemployed, I will scrounge for parts to build decorations. The project that I really want to build is a train to go around my 4 acre lot. Do you have some pictures of your display?? I have some of last years in my profile.

Steve

Hi Steve

What I could do if I had 4 acres! I will try to post some pictures. I am computer challanged. Will have to have my wife help with the photos.

Jimmy

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Hello Jimmy

I am from the other end of the state. I am currently working on some new ideas for my display. I don't have any homemade decorations yet, but with the state of the state and being unemployed, I will scrounge for parts to build decorations. The project that I really want to build is a train to go around my 4 acre lot. Do you have some pictures of your display?? I have some of last years in my profile.

Steve

Hi Steve

I think I was able to upload some pictures. I was only able to upload 5 pictures. That was all that I was allowed. Let me know if you are able to open the file, if not I can e-mail them to you. I think if you go to my profile you will be able to view the pictures. (I think).

Jimmy

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Hi Jimmy,

Your display is really nice. I love the dozer and the tonka truck. Those are the types of elements I feel are missing from my display.

Scott

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Hey Jimmy,

Cool display!! I did not see any pics in your profile. This years display was 3 times larger than 2007. My most recent find was an 8' sign(the kind that you place the plastic letters on). The guy was junking it so I grabbed it. It just has to be put back together. The wind blew out the plastic and it rolled down the road. I have to weld a few braces on to it and get the plastic letters.

Steve

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WOW!! It has been over a month since I last posted. I got a job and just finished my 4th week. Any how, it is Easter Sunday and ALL my lights and decorations are down and put away!! WHEW!!!! 5 1/2 months and it all go back up!!

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Long Island here too.. Hamptons.. Shirley is only 30 mins away! I'll be checkin out your display this year!

Tim

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Welcome nminor2002, zagnut, and Tasper614.

It's great to see more New Yorkers.

(Especially the Long Island people) :D

Oops, I missed crazyaboutangels. Welcome to you too and thanks for posting in the NY section. We need to start posting some pictures.

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From Newfane New York, A big welcome to the new New Yorkers!!! :giggle: :santasmileyitty:

Hey Santajr, I just looked up Newfane, New York to see where it was. How far are you from the North pole? LOL

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Hey Santajr, I just looked up Newfane, New York to see where it was. How far are you from the North pole? LOL

I can see it from my front window!!!:giggle::giggle::D

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It's been a long road but.... I FINALLY got my display running tonight!

WHEW!!!!!!! I have to adjust the timing on a few things and fix one string of lights but it's working!

Thank you Planet Christmas for the inspiration and the knowledge found here. And of course a big thanks to all the great people who are so willing to give advice and share ideas.

Woo Hooo!

Can you tell I happy? :santasmileyitty:

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