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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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Things we will remember...

The little old ladies who ring the door bell to shake your hand and to say thank you.

The notes in the mail box saying you won their family's annual display contest.

The emails that says the kids are upset because they can't come back every night.

The Christmas cards from complete strangers thanking us for making their holiday a bit brighter.

... and you will always, always remember the little girl who runs down the street and leaps into Santa's arms.

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The mini bus from the local nursing home full of elderly folks smiling at the lights.

The families pulled over with their windows down, to hear the giggling and laughter of the kids.

The hugs from my neighbors and even strangers.

The guy taking pictures one night, that I didn't see as I was quickly pulling out of the garage. We both laughed, so glad I didn't hit him.

The cards and notes. but what touched me the most this year was a family that stopped with their little boy who had Down Syndrome, they went out to look at lights she said, he wasen't at all interested, then she said they came up to the top of the hill and he saw the glow, as they pulled up the drive the little boy who dosen't say much, simply said 'that's just perfect' they laughed she said they had driven past a few times. It really touched me. I always worry if figures are straight if the lights match but in the eyes of a child it's 'perfect' I love this hobby it makes me feel good when it's all done and even better that so many others enjoy it. Merry Christmas!

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The mini bus from the local nursing home full of elderly folks smiling at the lights.

The families pulled over with their windows down, to hear the giggling and laughter of the kids.

The hugs from my neighbors and even strangers.

The guy taking pictures one night, that I didn't see as I was quickly pulling out of the garage. We both laughed, so glad I didn't hit him.

The cards and notes. but what touched me the most this year was a family that stopped with their little boy who had Down Syndrome, they went out to look at lights she said, he wasen't at all interested, then she said they came up to the top of the hill and he saw the glow, as they pulled up the drive the little boy who dosen't say much, simply said 'that's just perfect' they laughed she said they had driven past a few times. It really touched me. I always worry if figures are straight if the lights match but in the eyes of a child it's 'perfect' I love this hobby it makes me feel good when it's all done and even better that so many others enjoy it. Merry Christmas!

Nothing beats Perfect!

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hearing "amazing" and "wonderful" so many times you lose count.

the look on people's faces when they think you are coming out to beg for money when in reality you are only handing out candy canes. (they always have a shocked look on their face)

people offering to give you money to help pay for the electric bill

walking by 6 or 7 cars and hearing TSO blaring on their radios

the little kids with eyes as big as saucers with their faces pressed against the car windows.

we had about 40 cars this christmas eve and seeing everyone with smiles on their faces and the kind words that were said is worth more to me than anything i opened on Christmas day.

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The last time I saw my neighbor Jane. My display spills over into her property as I light up the pine trees in her front yard every year. She was 82 years old and suffering from lung cancer. I brought her some Christmas cookies on Christmas morning, and she said how lovely my display always is and how she appreciates my "adding some color to her yard". Jane had a stroke and passed away in January 2011. I knew she had scuba dived before she retired, but until I read her obit I didn't know she had dived in several countries all over the world, and had a pilot's license. She had a lot of energy and put the most into her life, and I'll miss her.

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It's funny, but an elderly couple almost across the street said to my wife that they saw the lights and they are so pretty this year. My wife asked if they stopped and listened on the radio and he said no. About a week later I saw them while I was out stocking the donation box with candy canes before the start of the evening and I was bombarded with OMG's and the best was, "now I know why those lights are flashing"!

When people get out of their cars to clap and cheer, you know you've done something right! man that gives me goose bumps!

Also during a slow evening when I was out waiting for a new song/sequence to play, I took a group of young girls (10 to 13) to the mega tree for a picture. They treated me like a celebrity during the rest of their visit. Thats the kind of thing that sticks with you.

1 more thing, I understand we all like our shows. When you have another crazy light guy/gal come to your display and froth at the mouth, it's very humbling. But when you tell them a story of something that made you feel good and they take it to the media and tell them the story and NOT mention that it was at your house......then they have to call you and make up a story so you won't be mad, that's something I won't forget for sure. I was really upset with him but at that point, what can you do?

HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!

Edited by dkrasley

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