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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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    This guy ruined my display!!!

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    Look like someone has competition...just short out his battery and cut the cords. Or you can really drive him nuts by loosening 1 bulb per set...he'll never figure it out then! ;)

    That's really cool-- is it street-legal?


    I have my doubts!!! I know where I live, it's illegal to have neon under-car lights because they cause too much of a distraction to drivers. I can see it now, 30 car pile up on the 401 due to...*stops*...where do people get these ideas? It looks cool, yes, but you can't tell me it's safe! :confused: Having drivers distracted by 50,000+ high-speed strobing LED lights on someone's house is one thing, but that there is a whole other story!

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    Even worst case scenario if it is street legal, he could have a whole different problem. Most states are very strict on semi's if they use "decorative" lighting as you see alot of your high end truck and trailers that have all the clearance/marker lights on the cab and trailer even though not necessary but done for looks not operation once applied to the truck they will write you a ticket for a burnt out light if one of those additional lights are burnt out. Could you imagine the state man writing you a ticket for a burnt out Christmas light?

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    He pulled this big rig in front of my house and drew all the ATTENTION!!!

    That's me hanging from the Truck!!

    He is friends with my neighbor. He claims to have over 29,000 lights.


    Relax. Everyone knows where they saw it and they probalby think it IS part of your display!

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