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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.
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  • 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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Every year when we do our Christmas display, I literally wrap the house in Christmas lights (you can see what I mean by going to www.thathouseinmilford.com )

I have approximately 10,000 lights on the roof and about 2,500 lights on the siding along with the icicle lights.

This year I wanted to try something different but I don't know if people are going to take it as a cop out (why not 60,000 lights...). I wanted to outline the roof and the house in multi colors along with all the windows and put the 3 foot snowflakes on the roof instead of the 13,000 lights I normally put up. What do you think? Do you think I'm coping out by not putting as many lights up or do you think it'll be a good change and see what everyone thinks?

Let me know.

Chris

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I think it is your display and you should do what you want to do. Change is good. I admit I like the lights covering the roof and the way you have it set up in the pictures on your webpage but in the end it is your display and I think you should do what you want. People will ask you what happended to the lights on the roof I am sure, but in the end they will enjoy the display regardless.

BTW: I enjoyed your book.

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I change my show every year to some degree. I add new props and more lights. This year I have eliminated the lights on the roof and have added 15 snow flakes of various sizes and some bells. I have converted everything to led this year using M5 and led strips. I make different size snow flakes and arrange them across the roof each on a channel of their own. Who knows what is coming for next year. I am not that far into the thinking yet.

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Thanks for all your insights. I think I may just do it and with the extra lights maybe make an extra mega tree in the front yard!

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I think it is your display and you should do what you want to do. Change is good. I admit I like the lights covering the roof and the way you have it set up in the pictures on your webpage but in the end it is your display and I think you should do what you want. People will ask you what happended to the lights on the roof I am sure, but in the end they will enjoy the display regardless.

BTW: I enjoyed your book.

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Are you going to animate the snowflakes? Don't worry about cutting back. Changing around is good.

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