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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.
Joe Petrowski

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Hello Everyone!!

I used to be a extremely active member here awhile back and well, life just got in the way. I would love to reconnect with PC and everyone else that posts on it. Just a little about myself, My name is Joe Petrowski and I live in Guilford, CT and go to school at Emerson College in Boston, Ma for lighting design. I have been doing displays since I was six years old....so now that I am 20 years old....I have been doing them for quite awhile and have a fairly large display. I have about 50,000 lights and 64 channels of LOR control. Evey year I come back home to set up the lights some how, someway. I collect monetary donations for local and nations charities that have totaled to more than $50,000. I tend to design my lights over the summer because I get busy during the Fall, hence me being here now to begin my research process of different elements that I would love to include. This summer I will be working in the Office of Student Life at Emerson College planning Orientation and also working three other jobs, while taking an online course. I am excited to be back and going to try and be more involved here! So HI! :)

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I have not been there long enough to know you Joe but you sound like a very busy person.

Congrats on all the money you have raised and joy you have brought to so many for the many years of your young life.

Good luck to you and welcome back.

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Hey Joe, Good to see back and look forward to seeing your setup again, glad to see you.

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Nice to see you back! I totally agree -- I've been out for months too. Life DOES get in the way, unfortunately! School has been busy for me, but I hope to get more active this summer as I will have a lot more free time.

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