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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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What in the world is going on out there? Where are all the Okies? I'm up to my eyeballs with my display but if anyone needs a hand I could find some time. Also is anyone coming by to see my display this year?

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You can ask a moderator to fix your subject line.

You will learn that you don't make spelling mistakes with Chuck around.

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We are out here. Just trying to get everything finished and installed. Are you all set up? Last year I think Chuckd lit up on the 20th of November. I plan on having everything ready to light up on ther 25th.

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You will learn that you don't make spelling mistakes with Chuck around.

I just find it ridiculous that you can't edit your own subject lines to correct typos. Everyone makes them so you should be able to correct them.

I wasn't picking on the OP. I am picking on whoever is in charge of not allowing people to edit their own posts.

I make typos in my subject lines quite often and it annoys me no end to have to ask Carrie to fix them.

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I just find it ridiculous that you can't edit your own subject lines to correct typos. Everyone makes them so you should be able to correct them.

I wasn't picking on the OP. I am picking on whoever is in charge of not allowing people to edit their own posts.

I make typos in my subject lines quite often and it annoys me no end to have to ask Carrie to fix them.

I totally agree with Chuck....

And as to the question.... Just now catching my breath from the Halloween season while starting on the Christmas season, both at the ride in Bricktown and at home. The toughest part I think is switching the mind set from one season to another and then putting it into action. Lights went up on the roof 1 1/2 weeks ago, the snow flakes (converted them to LED) last Sunday. This weekend will be the bushes, the megatree (10' taller) and the minis (added 4 more). And then eventually some new arches.

I plan to lite up Nov 25th as well but testing as each new element goes up prior to then.

The neighbors sure are getting nosey LOL

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I haven't been on here much!!! I have been super busy. I expanded my show a lot this year and I think I bit off more than I can chew... It is going to be close for me. I will be out for the opening night of rhema.... I can't wait to sit back and enjoy all the shows.

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That's a bummer and sorry to hear about that.

The weather this weekend will be nice. I'm putting up my mega tree this weekend.

My snowflakes on the roof faired well thru the wind we had.

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Off topic criticism is why I stay away from this wed site. The jest of my thread was to find out how everyone was getting along with there displays. Mine was a nightmare this year with 960 channels and a bunch of new stuff. I am done as of today and next week I'll work on the other 108 acres. If you BA guys are behind and need a hand, I don't have much time but every little bit helps. Remember light up is November the 24th between 6:00 and 6:30, I have not heard but we should be on channel 6.

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I'm still out here. Just not very often this past year. I started today and got all the house lights up. I will begin working on the mega tree tomorrow. I am doing the same show this year. I had a little burn out and couldn't get in the mood so just decided I to take a year off from doing anything new. we will be sure and come out and see yours, the kids always enjoy it.

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I'm still out here. Just not very often this past year. I started today and got all the house lights up. I will begin working on the mega tree tomorrow. I am doing the same show this year. I had a little burn out and couldn't get in the mood so just decided I to take a year off from doing anything new. we will be sure and come out and see yours, the kids always enjoy it.

Same here. I'm taking next year off myself but 2012 is our 30th year for Christmas lights and we are looking for ideas now.

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I'm up and running. If anyone needs a tour let me know, I'm out of here until next Monday. Also I was told our 30th is next year 2011 so it looks like I'm not getting the year off. I need to build some wire frames the size of semi's for the 2011 show.

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