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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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eldoradoboy

Lead Me To Your Lights!

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OK Guys and Gals..  due to some really heavy duty work projects..  im not going to be able to have my christmas party at home..  (no way to plan, clean, cook,bake, deck the inside in such short time when I arrive home thursday night) so im hopping in the car and going to Drive..  I love a good road trip..  starting out likely friday or saturday... 

 

NOW..  I want to hit as many Cool christmas displays as I can..  because i no longer have a Jeep  i cant do the northern snowy climates like I want to..  so in a Honda Civic  im headed SOUTH.. ive never spent christmas in the deep south or florida before..  so lead me along..  send me your addresses  and I'll plot the routes and come see your light show and smile :)..  of course I LOVE animated displays..  but if you have an over-the top static display im IN for that too!!..  and if any PCers want to meet up or do dinner or a starbucks..  im in for that too...  I plan to drive many places starting from COlumbus Ohio  and generally ending up christmas eve and part of christmas day in South Beach..  and then work my way back north christmas night and beyond.. 

 

Bring it on BABY  its time for a ROAD TRIP!!!  and I want to see your lights..  since I cannot have my christmas eve party this year it will be Your lights that bring me a big smile!!

-Christopher

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