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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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    I am in Birmingham. This is my second year with 112 channels. I travel around north AL and may try to come and see your lights. I think that there are several in Huntsville. I hope it goes well.

    The Birmingham News came by to take pictures tonight. If you get to B'ham come by Hwy 119 and Millstone Road.


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    Hey, I'm in the Athens area, actually 6 miles NW of Athens off Hwy 99.

    3rd year of LOR with 32 channels and 21,000 lights including candy canes, a snowman, mini-trees, snowflakes and angels.

    I believe I'm the only one in Limestone county. I know of a guy in Morgan county, and there are several in Madison county that have been doing shows for a while.


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    Hey Bret! good to see that your still around, with the tornado was worried about the displays over in your area. I know the Powells got taken out, though not animated they are the best well known around here... Going to come see your display this weekend after the rain stops

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    I'm in Hartselle with 48 channels and 3 CCRs from LOR. I must say Alabama Santa, I bring my family out to your display every year. YOUR house is what helped me talk my wife into letting me jump into this hobby. You have a beautiful display! I will be coming out next week to view again.

    I am lost in the new (to me) layout. Last year I believe I found several of the Huntsville area displays on here. My family went to I think 6 displays last year and I lost my list of addresses. Does anyone have a list of displays in the Huntsville area?

    Our display can be seen at www.peebleschristmas.com

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