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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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Hello all, I know this is early but I was wondering on peoples thoughts were for the 2013 Thanksgiving, It is November 28th 2013 and this year November 22nd. I am lighting up November 23 2012. So my question is, are you going to light up (if you do normally light up the day after Thanksgiving) on November 22nd which will be the 4th Friday of November 2013 or will you stay lighting up Black Friday the 29th of 2013? I am thinking that is late for a light up and might stay on schedule with the 4th Friday of the Month as many guests know "4th Friday of the month is light up". See the attatched image.

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It is going to be very odd jumping from the earliest Thanksgiving possible to the latest possible. I don't have a consistent date when I turn the lights on. It really is dependent on if I'm running late or not...like last year I was way late. My goal is always Thanksgiving though. I think I'll move my goal up to that weekend of 23-24 in 2013. You could always start on the 28th and just let it run longer after New Years, but I've noticed people slowly lose interest after Jan. 1.

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We always set up to be ready on Thanksgiving day or the day before no matter how it falls out on the calender.

I guess next year we get to save a week on the electric bill. :)

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We usually light up the last friday of November or first friday in December depending which is the closes to Dec 1st. The rest of you should look at 2013 as a built in energy savings after the extra energy used this years early turn on.

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We atom for Thanksgiving every year, never earlier. To me Thanksgiving starts the official holiday season.

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