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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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Guess what I started doing today?? I pulled out my Christmas lights to sort and test, put new lights on my reindeer, and picked up some new decorations at a yard sale. I must be nuts or just crazy for Christmas. I should be working on my Halloween display first. Four weeks until Halloween goes up and shortly after that we put the Christmas lights on the house!! Its to soon !!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!:eek::eek::eek::eek:

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We started testing this weekend. I took most of the year off since last year this was a full-time hobby. Boy oh boy am I starting to get excited! :)

Can't wait to start putting up the roof lights!

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Sounds cool Santajr. I started this Monday putting stuff together and hanging lights! Power company and the electrician come Friday to up grade my service box!!!!:)

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I'm still doing repairs on last season's problems and planning/building a new mega tree -- but is is a little scary that there are only 8 weekends until Thanksgiving!!

Only 8 weekends!!!!! I'm in trouble.

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Adding a new service box to the house today! More power means more lights lol!!!!:D Weathers great today so far?

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I'm with you Showtime. I just finished discussing the electrical upgrade with the contractor. My wife has stripped and rewired the polar bear(its motorized, wire frame like the reindeer). Finished a lot of the new things for this years display (but only finished programming 2 songs so far), and almost 1/2way finished things for mega tree. So I guess I'm about on schedule;)

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I'm with you Showtime. I just finished discussing the electrical upgrade with the contractor. My wife has stripped and rewired the polar bear(its motorized, wire frame like the reindeer). Finished a lot of the new things for this years display (but only finished programming 2 songs so far), and almost 1/2way finished things for mega tree. So I guess I'm about on schedule;)

Sounds really cool Snoop!!! Ha..... you said the word " on schedule "!!!:)

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Just getting back into the swing of things here. Ordered my transmitter a few weeks back, bought 4 cases of lights (so far) and am planning to build boxes for my LOR boards to live in. Right now i'm still in Halloween mode though. Nov. 1st Halloween comes down and Christmas set-up begins in earnest. :santasmileyitty:

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40 inflatables? That's a *very* nice number... where are you located?

We had a pretty productive day... our third snowflake trail was built and wired. The house is close to being done. This week I have a few days off so I'm *hopeful* we'll get it done so I have a couple weeks to tweak timings.

Fun, fun, FUN!!! cheers.gif

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Figured I'd bump this back to the top since... "It's Time!!!" :D

My 8 year old daughter and I have been testing lights and repairing some of our 5' trees for a couple weeks here and today I got a jump on the roof lights.

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I started thinking about my display again today. That's about as far as I got, lol. I don't plan on many changes for this year. Time kinda got away from me.

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We will start setting up the choir blowmolds...Shooting stars...and Mega trees this weekend and next weekend...The 60 inflatables will start making there way to the yard the first weekend in November...

Lets hope for great weather this year...No winds and no huge snow storms...

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Lets hope for great weather this year...No winds and no huge snow storms...

I'll second this! Last year was really windy here, so much so it seemed like I was either raising or lowering the two mega-trees daily.

I'm hoping to work on our window wreaths, icicle lights, and snowflake trails this weekend/week.

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It's time!! This year won't be as great as previous years with all the problems I am having with my lights and decorations.

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We start on NOV 1st when the halloween stuff comes down, rite now we are WAY behind schedule, probably be burning the midnight oil til dec 1st.

We are adding driveway arches this year with @ 2k lights per arch, its taking about 3.5 hours per arch :aagh:

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