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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.
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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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It is no secret that I am a blowmold guy. Evident by my recent slew of questions on this forum I've been in the process of converting my display over to LED lights. The only problem is I'm running out of places to put them. I have one of the crappiest yards ever for lights which is probally why I was drawn to blowmolds in the first place. I have no bushes, small trees or cool architertural features on my house on which to put lights on. All I have is two huge trees and a little bit of chain link fence to put lights on. The two trees are so huge that all I can do is wrap the trunks and a few of the bottom branches without killing myself. I am a pretty creative guy so I've come up with a few cool ideas to add lights to my display but, I am plum out of ideas. That is why I am coming to you guys (and gals) in the hope that some one has some cool ideas so I can add some more lights to my display. Currently I wrap my tree trunks, bottom branches, chain-link fence, my house, and roof in lights. In addition I do several christmas light metal pole trees, a few variations on the pole tree, sliegh riegns, around the yard, up and down my driveway, tomato plant holders (they look like little christmas trees), fake pine trees I got at old time pottery, and a cover a few apparatus that I use with my blowmolds. If anyone has any ideas they would be greatly apperciated. No idea is dumb or to outlandish so please just post what ever you thinking.

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Mega Tree

Mini Trees

fire sticks (jumping poles is what I call them)

arches

These are all of my main items that I'm using in my yard. I have one tree and 2 palm trees that I can really wrap. I have a 50' cypress tree that I wrap the trunk about 10-15'up and that is about it. I don't do any of the branches since they are high up also.

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You can do a lot with arches, mini-trees, mega-trees, fire poles, etc. Look at Holdman's 2007 display, he builds/buys almost everything in his yard.

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