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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 also got on the Pioneer Press, with a letter to the editor last week and got no reply what so ever. I can not recall them not running a list of Holiday lights and wonder why they chose to do so now? Green, schmeen! I guess if they choose not to support my hobby, I can chose to no longer read their newspaper. Seems fair to me.

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The list in the Star Tribune was shorter than I ever remember it. We don't submit our display anymore since we get enough traffic with word of mouth and online...

Never heard of this "Twinkle Trail" site. Seems there are too many competing "display locator" sites and none are terribly complete. I kind of miss the old days where I'd get the Star Tribune's list and plan out a big route...

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The reply I got by email from the Pioneer Press was "I do wish we could have done the listing again this year, but we didn't have the staffing to pull it together. As you can imagine, putting together the free listing takes hours of planning, editing and arranging. I have discovered another local site called twinkletrail.com that essentially provides the same service. I would recommend this site." When I looked into the Star Tribune, I couldn't open the page that showed the listings. I sent an email to them telling them it didn't appear to be working but didn't get a response.

Our display is getting a lot of traffic this year, but the way I look at it, is it can't hurt to be listed on the multiple sites. We are collecting food for the food shelf & we don't get the food if people don't come to look at the lights or if they don't know we are collecting the food items.

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