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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.
Guest Scot Meyers

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I joined pc in November 2002. HAve learned so much. have gotten into animated lighting and then In 2003 I decided no more walmart buy it and throw it in.. No more walmart look. So I sold off a bunch of my stuff and began what was supposed to have been a 5 year build plan. Well 9 years later I have to say that the canvas is almost filled not much more room in the yard. Soon all these builds i have been doing ove the years will come to a close. It all started with the gingerbread theme house. then the train. then the animated santa scene in the 3rd card garage then the animated band. This year will conclude the ICe skating pond, animated snowman, animated reindeer barn. and pop up presents. The only remaining build will be a fully animatronic nativity.( I will retire my blowmold set) and my jiminy cricket, this has been a fun ride of bulding. and making the display truly unique. Im sure there will be a few things added here or there but for the most part I can say were almost done with the 5 year plan(9years later).

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I can wait to see your 10 year plan. Or are you going for 15? You know as well as everyone else here, it never ends. The ride just goes on. Hang on tight and have fun!

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I can wait to see your 10 year plan. Or are you going for 15? You know as well as everyone else here, it never ends. The ride just goes on. Hang on tight and have fun!

well with little room left in the yard canvas the building phase is coming to a sunset. however tweaks and maintenance repairs to keep it at the high levle it is will be on going. but the next phase(after the building is done) will be to replace the mega tree with cosmic ribbon and add c9 strobes for that disney magical look.

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ok something new has hit me and yet another piece will be added to my display in 2013. CHarlie Brown and linus will be the fore fron of the narration of the christmas story. and I may scrap the animated nativity and bite the bullet to have my mods refubished by carrie. its may be about $$ though so that decision is up in the air.

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