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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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I was sitting with my wife tonight looking at various houses posted by PC'ers and my wife says.....

Hon, we don't have that much lawn; you're gonna have to build up!

I think I will have to buy her flowers tomorrow.:)

Have a great night everyone!

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Stuart, thanks for the chuckle! You have a great wife. Go buy her a LOR controller. :D

I would buy her one, but she bought me two for my Birthday:p

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every now and then I get one of those positive remarks from the wife - while she usually shakes her head and rolls her eyes at my whole enjoyment of decorating. She replied to several people who liked the Halloween decor that they should come back in December the Christmas lights are much better

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I told my wife this (hobby) is great therapy for me. Cheaper (?) and more effective than any medicine.

My Dad built a log cabin 25 hours into Canada and 30 miles down a lake and several hundred miles off the grid ... no home depot ... I told her: at least I don't build log cabins! :D

Actually, my Dad and brother were over last weekend helping me with display items ... and my father (who has never been a huge decorator) told me this was a total blast and a lot of fun!

My wife looked up on the roof and said "that's not staying up there is it?!" ... "yes honey ..." :rolleyes: .... :eek:

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My wife has been telling people I've gone 'underground' since most of my time lately has been either on this site (which is really new for me and she has never heard of anything like this before) or in the basement working on stuff. I tell her it keeps me home and out of the bar!!

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My wife looked up on the roof and said "that's not staying up there is it?!" ... "yes honey ..." :rolleyes: .... :eek:

Is "that" the 200 light star you mention on your site? Any picks of it yet?

Sounds amazing!

I showed my wife the Holdman Star and she was pretty amazed....

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My wife has been telling people I've gone 'underground' since most of my time lately has been either on this site (which is really new for me and she has never heard of anything like this before) or in the basement working on stuff. I tell her it keeps me home and out of the bar!!

I assume you have a bar in the basement!!!!

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I was just thinking, being a Christmas decorating addict is probaly less expensive than a having mid life crisis.

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I was just thinking, being a Christmas decorating addict is probaly less expensive than a having mid life crisis.

Well it would be tough to spend as much on Christmas Lights than a Cherry Red Convertible, but it would be sure fun to try!

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Is "that" the 200 light star you mention on your site? Any picks of it yet?

Actually, she was referring to rooftop frame that will support the dual 22' half-mega trees ... it's so strong, I could probably zip line from it.

Yes, I have the star in my garage currently and will be taking pictures of it soon ... but need to finish putting in the commercial grade clear bulbs in about 20-30 sockets before I take pictures.

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I think my wife would actually divorce me if I STOPPED decorating. When my kids got older and I thought about stopping, she insisted I keep doing it. She has been great this year even with all the time and money I've spent on animation. All she asks is that on thanksgiving night, the lights come on. I have 2 great daughters and a terrific wife of 29 years. I'm a lucky man.

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During a trip down the Christmas isles of our local lowes today, had to get more extension cords, my wife see's a decoration and says " Oh honey I really like that, I think we should get it." Yeah!!! I've been looking at that for three weeks now. I think the mind control lessons are working!!!!:D

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HaHa my wife just looks at me when i come walking in the door and i have something new in my hands she thinks its funny cause she started it all by bringing me a lights and sound home last year well 2 days after i got it i was looking up mods for it after i added the external jack and speaker output switch now she gets worried that our street will loose power when i turn all them on caues i finaly showed her ALL the lights i purchased after christmas i had hidden over half of them at my work so what she thought was only 2 D-light ac-16 boards has turned into 6 already built and 2 still sitting here and close to 50,000 lights and the tune to sign i just finished thats almost 6'4" tall she gave me abit of flack about all the lights for a second and all i had to say was Dear you have to remember you started this not me :):):):)

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And you know you married poorly if she says "You're gonna have to GROW up." :P

And you know you've married well when your wife plans and runs the entire display and you're little more than grunt labor. BTW, kudos to my husband who wrapped limbs on our Maple Tree tonight! Thank you honey!) :D

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