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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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Even though I don't have much, and I can do it in a day...I'm gonna set up my yard THIS weekend! I just can't wait any longer, and I want to take advantage of the nice weather!! I sure hope people don't think I'm TOO crazy!!! :rolleyes:

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Just crazy for Christmas lol! I will be starting setup in my yard this week never to early:)

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Even though I don't have much, and I can do it in a day...I'm gonna set up my yard THIS weekend! I just can't wait any longer, and I want to take advantage of the nice weather!! I sure hope people don't think I'm TOO crazy!!! :rolleyes:

Your not crazy nothing hurts like getting popped in hand when their cold. I started 3 weeks ago on the high stuff for once.

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The weather guy, however accurate they are, said that it supposed to rain next week so this weekend may be your last chance to setup without a coat or umbrella.

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The weather guy, however accurate they are, said that it supposed to rain next week so this weekend may be your last chance to setup without a coat or umbrella.

So...when are YOU gonna set up?

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Friday the 2 little Mexicans come to put up my Icicle's >>>> Yep, I'm petrified of heights :cool:

Friday & Saturday I'll try to wrap as many trees as possible. I figure a good 2 weeks of putting up the ground stuff. That should have me all set up about a week before Turkey Day. Right on schedule so far :)

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I've officially started now, as of yesterday. I try to keep it pretty low key for another week or so - just lights, no displays. Then I finally pull the trigger and anything goes :)

Good luck to all...

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Friday the 2 little Mexicans come to put up my Icicle's >>>>

Some might take offense.

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you guys are way behind I'm 90 percent done !

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We didn't have the "I is scared-o -ladders" hydraulic lift... :rolleyes:

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I my yard, I'd be "scared-o-lift"

You do live on the face of a cliff pretty much...

I does make the house seem much taller from the road. :)

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Which details would you like?

You were there... taking pics of me on the ladder! :D

I meant "details" as in, I forgot to mention the details.

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I do need to get rolling... unfortunately it sounds like it is going to be quite cold and nasty here on Fri and Sat...

I am hoping for another warm day or 2 soon

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I do need to get rolling... unfortunately it sounds like it is going to be quite cold and nasty here on Fri and Sat...

I am hoping for another warm day or 2 soon

Same here, I really need to "get off the schneid" and get things moving here... and it sounds like we have the same weather forecast here.

I don't plan on putting any lights up, until the following weekend. This weekend I hope to give the lawn it's last mowing and final leaf clean up, then set up the Mega tree structure and maybe put the temporary plank roadway across the lawn for the boom-lift...

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