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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.
surfersteve

News Channel 9 WSYR out of Syracuse of our Display in Auburn, NY

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Thank you guys very much. I hope everyones display is up and running!!!!! I am about to take a road trip to everywhere :)

BTW, I am the younger guy sitting in the chair with the laptop, my father is the one who did the talking this time....... it was his turn as I usually am the one interview. We all here at PC have such a great talent for lights displays and sequencing ect. but isnt it just amazing what these video editing guys can do with 40min of video footage!!! I am thoroughly impressed with thier creativity!!!!!!

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Very nice display. Someday I hope to have my lights hooked up to the computer.

Jill

May the joys of Christmas be with you always.

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Interesting, seems I have attracted a bit of national attention of FOXNEWS. I got a call this morning from a friend in California that saw us on National TV. Got a bunch of calls over the next few hours. I cant believe how much this has travelled. Traffic has picked up unbelievably!!!!!! hundreds of cars, tour busses ect. One tour bus out of Syracuse actually said "Special Tour: Atkins Christmas Display in Auburn" WOW

heres is the link

http://www.foxnews.com/video-search/m/21640200/fox_news_flash_fox_friends_edition.htm?pageid=23043&seek=36.629

Only thing bad is they got our name wrong, atleast they got a close up of our display sign with the correct spelling

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Well I just recieved more crazy news this time from a friend stationed in Europe. He caught a glimpse of our display on ABC worldnews. HOLY COW, heres the link, a bit cheesy and very short but..... hey its left he country!!!! This stuff is wayyy toooo funnnn

http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=6450865

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