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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.
Dale W

Thanks To Marty Slack

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Before Holdman ans Carson, there was Marty Slack at ChristmasUtah.com. He has announced that this is his last year. Marty, Than you for sharing your ideas and helping rookies like me Thank you for thememories and Merry Christmas.

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Sorry to hear that. Loved the stuff he would come up with, truly an innovator. His displays will certainly be missed by all.

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Marty, is an innovator, caring, creative, a sharer, a teacher. His display was one of the displays I couldn't wait to see to discover what new element he came up with. Thank you Marty for all the wonderful memories you have created for me and my family. I remember back in 2006 watching your Boogie Woogie Santa Claus video with my young daughter sitting in my lap begging for me to play it again daddy. Your awesome.

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It is truly sad that Marty will notbe doing a display next year. It sound slike he may come back in 2013 or so. He did say next year he was taking a vacation, so we shall see. When I first came into PC Marty was one of the fist display's I had seen. Like you Michael the Boogie Woogie Santa video was a hit. His talking heads are what got us to make our talking Elton John Claus. Hat's off to one of the original PC memebers. Great job Marty I am sure ther are a lot of disappointed people in your area. But the neighbors are probably happy for the break. Hope he still shows his face every so often.

I take taht back. Onhis facebook page everything is now for sale. Another awesome display gone dark.

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You know, there comes a time in every display when the sheer amount of effort involved simply overwhelms. I like the way a friend of mine put it, He called it " a display that has reached maturity." I can really relate to Marty as each year I vacillate back and forth on whether it will be my last, and each time I hear of another big display going dark I think of the not to distant future when the display being talked bout is mine. It was a great run Marty! Your ingenuity and innovation will be greatly missed.

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I was glad to be able to meet him at plus 2007 and sit in his classes. Marty helped a lot of us get started.

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I was glad to be able to meet him at plus 2007 and sit in his classes. Marty helped a lot of us get started.

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I was wondering what songs to put in the 2012 light show for this year....now i know...Reflections on Earth and Boogie Woogie Santa Clause...my favorite Songs that Marty did in his display....

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