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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.
DaddyALJ

Christmas Spirit

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For many years I dreaded Christmas time. When I was a lot younger it was something I looked forward to. Things changed as I grew up and became an adult. Without going into the fine details, I will just say that I seemed to lose my Christmas Spirit. It was fun to watch the kids grow up and enjoy Christmas, but we always seemed to be strapped for money when Christmas time came around and it was a very stressful time of the year.

Two years ago I learned about Light-O-Rama from a friend in a town where I had once lived. We considered it but as so many people have stated, it is a fun but sometimes expensive hobby. I found out that my neighbor accross the street had found out that she had ALS and her health was declining rapidly. We wanted to do the animated lights while she still had a chance to see them, so we bit the bullet and made our first purchase of LOR.

What a learning curve that was but I really enjoyed it and I was actually looking forward to Christmas!

The lights were up and turned on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. We had told absolutely no one what we were doing. Word spread quickly and in a matter of days there was lots of traffic at the house. I decided to buy some candy canes to hand out to the people that came. As I did, I got the chance to visit with the people. It was a remarkable expierence for me. My Christmas spirit had returned thanks to the people that I got to visit with at the house and with the many people from Planet Christmas that were there when I needed help or had what must have seemed like a dumb question.

So I am very thankful for the friendship here on this forum and for getting my Christmas Spirit back!

Thanks !

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That is a nice story. Having my little display is sort of doing the same thing for me. It's nice when people come over to see the one song I have done so far, and it's really giving me the Christmas spirit this year. It feels good too, just to have all the lights up. I love every bit of it. :)

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