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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.
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  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
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  • 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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I have noticed many more people in my neighborhood have decorated this year.

Ditto

It seems a lot more people this year have put up lights.

Then again I wonder if it is a case of "I have it too syndrome"

The more you get involved with something, the more you noticed that other people have the same thing.

I bought a Mazda Miata several years ago because I really like it and didn't recall seeing that many on the streets. It seem that right after I bought it, I started noticing them all around me. Even the same year and color!

Once you get obsessed with something, you notice it all around you.

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I've also noticed - in a "down" economy, people do not travel as much, therefore they are home for the holidays, and will decorate their house. I have noticed many more people in my neighborhood have decorated this year.

Not around here, where I live it's almost like a ghost town at night. VERY few decorations up.

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A lot more lights in my community this year vs. the last 2-3 years.

I was trying to figure out WHY, since the economy is otherwise in the toilet and most people a little worried about their jobs.

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I just went to Walmart for the first time since returning from basic training... I'm glad a over spent last year. I couldn't find any mini lights. Its sickening! I'll have to rely on next year's lights. Well, looks like I'm going to save some money this year. Maybe I'll spend some money this year on fixing up the inside of the house...

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