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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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Has anyone ever started a project,and then about half way through you ask yourself, "WHAT WAS I THINKING? I DONT HAVE TIME FOR THIS".I am currently at this point, and I have allready vowed not to have as many projects on the go for my display next year, knowing full well I'll probably have more than this year.

The only thing that keeps me working through the insainty that I created for myself is the smiles it puts on the faces of children and adults alike who come to see my display. So here I sit with no other option but to forge ahead,,,,,and I woulden't have it any other way.

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No one but YOU knew exactly what big awesomely creative ideas and plans that you have in mind every year for your holiday display!!! SO, no one but YOU will be disappointed if you dont meet or exceed those expectations!!!

Trust me. Everyone else will be so excited to see your display!!! Now when they want to know what you have planned for next years display...just smile and say "Santa hasn't told me yet...Come back next year and you see for yourself!"

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No one but YOU knew exactly what big awesomely creative ideas and plans that you have in mind every year for your holiday display!!! SO, no one but YOU will be disappointed if you dont meet or exceed those expectations!!!

Trust me. Everyone else will be so excited to see your display!!! Now when they want to know what you have planned for next years display...just smile and say "Santa hasn't told me yet...Come back next year and you see for yourself!"

Kathy I think I need to take your advice on "Santa hasn't told me yet...Come back next year and you see for yourself!". When somebody ask's me my mined starts running with my ideas lol.

When I get the "What was I thinking" I stop and walk away or work on a different project. At some point I come back all fired up and ready to go.:)

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Has anyone ever started a project,and then about half way through you ask yourself, "WHAT WAS I THINKING? I DONT HAVE TIME FOR THIS".I am currently at this point, and I have allready vowed not to have as many projects on the go for my display next year, knowing full well I'll probably have more than this year.

The only thing that keeps me working through the insainty that I created for myself is the smiles it puts on the faces of children and adults alike who come to see my display. So here I sit with no other option but to forge ahead,,,,,and I woulden't have it any other way.

So whats your point? You obviusoly have the time otherwise you wouldn't had said "I woulden't have it any other way".

As long as what you are doing is from the heart and for the viewers (including family) then your on the right track. Do not lose the creativility that lies within you, what do I mean?......well I mean be yourself and try and create things from you own heart and not always that of somone else. Think Canadian (what would make that viewer says "that wood cut out made my day" or "thanks to your display my children smiled from an otherwise sad heart" or "we drive 2 hours one way to see your display each year and it gets better each time".

My favorite is "this is your fault" the neighbour yells as he puts up the lights..........and all over the place where I live people are putting up lights that never put up lights in previous years, but each year more houses decorate.

I would like to say I decorate for the family but that is not the case as my children were really never into lights and so the lights I put up meant very little to them even now. For me it was I decorate for anyone that might be hurting, or stressed, maybe worried....... be it family, friends, or neighbours. If what I make helps to lift someone up from some saddnes, or helps calm a stressed heart then I am content.

True you do not always hear how it helps but a few months down the road, or in a year or so someone might say to another at work during lunch hour "why drive 2.5 hours to Rocky Mountian House when there is a nice decorated home in Thorsby that has a musical light display, a Ferris Wheel........?" My wife said to the co-workers at the lunch table, "is there a 107.7 FM sign on the yard?" and they said "yes".

I think for me it is the sequencing..........in that I may have bit off more than I can chew this year but I am almost done my special tribute to the Canadian Armed Forces. Singer/song writers (that I asked permission from) want me to take a video of the display with their song in it. I believe they want to post the video on their web-site. So like you said....... "here I sit with no other option but to forge ahead,,and I woulden't have it any other way."

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No one but YOU knew exactly what big awesomely creative ideas and plans that you have in mind every year for your holiday display!!! SO, no one but YOU will be disappointed if you dont meet or exceed those expectations!!!

Trust me. Everyone else will be so excited to see your display!!! Now when they want to know what you have planned for next years display...just smile and say "Santa hasn't told me yet...Come back next year and you see for yourself!"

I never really thought of it like that. I alwayse keep thinking that I have to out do myself every year because thats what everyone else expects. Thanks

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Has anyone ever started a project,and then about half way through you ask yourself, "WHAT WAS I THINKING? I DONT HAVE TIME FOR THIS".I am currently at this point, and I have allready vowed not to have as many projects on the go for my display next year, knowing full well I'll probably have more than this year.

The only thing that keeps me working through the insainty that I created for myself is the smiles it puts on the faces of children and adults alike who come to see my display. So here I sit with no other option but to forge ahead,,,,,and I woulden't have it any other way.

I'm sorry, you ARE a Christmas nut . . . I like you!

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Has anyone ever started a project,and then about half way through you ask yourself, "WHAT WAS I THINKING? I DONT HAVE TIME FOR THIS"

I'm pretty sure every one of us has had that thought at some point. And most of our spouses have, too. Yet, here we all are.

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