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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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Looks good Richard. I about had my display ready to take pictures of. Then a windstorm rolls in and destroys it agian : ( I still have 2 days to fix it.

I like how your display is growing and growing !!! more molds!! Keep it up it looks better every year!! great job!!

Jim

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Thank you very much Michelle.

Joe, thank you..them candles and candy canes and Mickey wouldn't have been there with out the help of you...

Carrie, my PC mom. Thank you very much. :)

Jim, thank you too. I can't wait to see yours specially after all the weather issues you have been having I'm looking forward to your pictures.

Sadie, you know when I put that there that was not my intention. I had an extra candle and didn't know where to put it. And after putting it there it took me a couple days to realize it looks like they are lighting there candles from the big one. Thank you. :)

Tom, thank you very much. Glad you all like it.

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WOW Richard your display is awesome.You sure had a lot of work on your hands.

Love it all but you know which ornaments I love the most LOL. Did ya take that pic just for me?

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WOW Richard your display is awesome.You sure had a lot of work on your hands.

Love it all but you know which ornaments I love the most LOL. Did ya take that pic just for me?

Thanks Pep. :)

Actually it took a minute to figure out which ornaments you where talking about, but I did. I got them at Walmart last year I believe it was.

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looks great ,very nice job

Thank you very much. :)

Maybe I should add that along with the display I have a train running around it. I'll get some video and I have a couple pics to upload of it.

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Thank you very much. :)

Maybe I should add that along with the display I have a train running around it. I'll get some video and I have a couple pics to upload of it.

I saw the tracks and was going to ask about the train. Yes! Please get some video! :)

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I saw the tracks and was going to ask about the train. Yes! Please get some video! :)

Well, bad news..lol.

The train ended up breaking a couple days before Christmas..I have some pictures I took with my phone that I'll upload and attach on here tomorrow..I MIGHT have a video too, but don't hold me up on it.

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