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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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Who else in Missouri has their displays on?

I finally got the show going last night. Just a few more strands of lights to put on the bushes and done for this year. Except for one song I want to program yet.

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I went to your display Scott. It is awesome. I am going to bring my girlfriend there this weekend and will be dropping off some canned food for your food drive. Great job!

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I went to your display Scott. It is awesome. I am going to bring my girlfriend there this weekend and will be dropping off some canned food for your food drive. Great job!

Thanks! Do you have a display up and running? Sounds like you're nearby. We take the kids out all month looking at lights.

Scott

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I wondered what was going on eric ,we went by friday . Alas no lights to be had! I got ours on thursday. Stop by later!

I'll have to run by yours Friday night. Waiting to see how different yours is with LOR.

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I do have a display set up in St. Peters. I am in the Tanglewood subdivision, but am embarassed after looking at yours. I have a lights and sounds of Christmas and not a lot of lights due to power restrictions right now.

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I do have a display set up in St. Peters. I am in the Tanglewood subdivision, but am embarassed after looking at yours. I have a lights and sounds of Christmas and not a lot of lights due to power restrictions right now.

I don't care, I'm just a "light geek". I always see something new or interesting in every display. And the kids just love lights - if they blink, so much the better.

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I guess it would help to tell you that I am at the corner of Spruce and Barkwood Trails. I think I left that out. I am working on trying to hook an Fm Transmitter up to my lights and sound system and adding a couple more things.

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I do blow molds for my display and they are all over the place. I even took in part of my neighbors yard this year. I would love to learn how to do the light show but I could not tell the difference between a relay or a transister. I would take classes but I don't know what to take. Any suggestions?

Jill

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