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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.
Dale W

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Heads up - Check in if you are up and running.

Also, if you have a website, let me know so I can get you listed on MississippiChristmas.com

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We are up and going with over 300 inflatables and 85,000 lights....

We have had over 1000 come though already and looking for a good( but cold) turn out this weekend..

Dale I got some good pics that I need to email to you for the website.... We had a friend bring a bucket truck in to make some pics...

Hope everyone is up and going on the displays.... time is passing by and it will be the 24th before you know it......

We had a couple that drove from Kentucky just to see the display...They came last year and said they had to come back.....

The new yard Bible is holding up good in the weather.... We need it to turn dry like the almanac says...LOL

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We're up and running down in Carriere. Last night was the private showing for co-workers and friends, tonight is the first regularly scheduled show.

Upgraded to almost 400 channels (64 new DC channels for the LED spots) and added strobes in the mega-trees.

Worried again about traffic control. Last year we spent over $1,000 hiring off duty police officers to help control traffic and don't want to shell out that kind of money again this year!

Mike & Sherrie

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Hey Dale,

We are getting people from the Jackson area that have seen the website and videos.

They called for directions and came last night... We have had several in the last two nights from that area...

I'm at the front of the drive trying to keep traffic going. Anyway it is funny to see the car plates from different areas.....People just coming off the road like last night I saw a Arizona plate....Man he is along way from home...LOL

Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, Florida just last night......LOL

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Remember Mississippi: If you have a computerized display and would like pictures on the MississippiChristmas.com webpage, let me know. I do this as a service for all computerized decorators in Mississippi for no charge.

I only need pictures, links to videos, directions, statistics, etc....

PM if you are interested.

If you already have a website, let me know and I will link to it for you.

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Averaging around 200 cars per 4 hour night right now. Hit a high of around 600 last year, just waiting to see what happens with the traffic load.

Hope everyone is doing well.

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We are up and running in Holly Springs! We've had some problems with rope light. We have large Queen Anne Victorian home that has 19 windows that we did frames for and mounted the red rope light on. We've already had to replace 4 due to sections going out, these are all new out of the box that we bought after Christmas last year. Tonight a 5th one has section out. Bad thing is it's one of the ones on the second story that we can't get to. We paid a friend $140 to come for 2 hours with his bucket truck to hang the stuff up high. So now we can't get to it to replace the bad light.

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Steven,

How are you guys holding up in this horrible weather? We have decided to shut down for tonight. It's been pouring down here for hours and doesn't look to be letting up any time soon....maybe around 4:00 am

Delores

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This was the first time this year to close the display......It dropped some kind of water......

Hope to get dried out by Thursday.....

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Hey all,

I am up and running...Kind of. I have had 3.5 inches of rain and everything is soaked. Now it's snowing..If I had one, Heat Miser would not be happy!!

This is my first year with a light show but people are coming by. I have had toy donations for Blair Batson nearly every night.

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Rain, Rain, Rain.............That is what they are calling for Mon.-Fri. Man it's not a good time for that....

Just when people are starting to get out real good....I have a counter in my hand when people come through I count them.....Last night we had 2012 people to come in......

What is the old song...Rain Rain go a way come again after Christmas...LOL

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Steven,

I think we went from bad to worse! The rain has been bad enough, now both of us are under an ice storm warning...... Why couldn't it be SNOW????

Delores

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You are right...People are wanting to see the display in snow.......

That would be cool..... Not ice.....

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Turned the lights off tonight. It is kind of sad except that I am really jazzed about next years songs and display. I have already got it penciled out in my head how the layout is going to go and I have already started sequencing next years selection.

Hope your guys displays were great. Send me links to your videos or pictures and I will be sure to upload them on your webpages.

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Hello, Mississippi Neighbors-

Just found this tread, and wanted to say Hi. This was my first year, so I started small (32 channels for both my house and my neighbor's). Tomorrow, I'll be taking everything down, but I cannot wait for next year. Have already started making plans and have recruited two more neighbors -- my wife thinks I've lost my mind. Oh well, it's been a blast. For those interested, here's a link to my first video -- sorry to those who are prone to motion sickness...

Warm regards,

Terry

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Glad to have you aboard. PM me some information about your display and I will put you up on the MississippiChristmas.com website.

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I have registered, but was not able to book a hotel for all the nights that I was planning on attending.

It is not a big deal, but a minor inconvenience at this time until more rooms are freed up.

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We have the same problem Dale.....I would like to stay in one place and not jumping from here to there...

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We had our biggest night ever in 4 years last Saturday night...We had 5,543 people in one night....I was ready to see 9:00 come around....the walkways has no grass anymore...it will be with us all year now....LOL

Just check out our Facebook page by serching Christmas in Cotton Plant.

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hey ppl for mississippi im for olive branch north ms and me and a pc member from memphis r trying to put together a tour of lights

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hey ppl for mississippi im for olive branch north ms and me and a pc member from memphis r trying to put together a tour of lights

Hey that is cool...We want you to come to the Mississippi Mini this year...keep checking this thread....

If you get the tour together I would love to see something on it....

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