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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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This is my first year and I am just curious to see when everyone starts their show. I was planning on the first show to be Thanksgiving night. What do you do?

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We do the family dinner at my house with all the relatives. At 6, we all wander to the other side of the street to watch the first show of the season. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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thanksgiving night after dinner. although this year thanksgiving is late so I might go static the Sunday before and start the show on thanksgiving night.

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its all a matter of preference and/or tradition. ever since I was 5 my dad and I did Christmas lights every year the day after thanksgiving and I have kept the same tradition except I moved it up to thanksgiving because everyone is there for the lighting (and my dad's display didn't take 2 months to setup and test) :)

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I go live on Thanksgiving night.  I've had people tell me that they come by every year on their way home from Thanksgiving dinner, so I can't change it now.  I try to have the show complete the Saturday before, allowing for last minute tweaking and shooting some video without any cars out front.  The neighbors give me some funny looks on that weekend, but I don't care.  I know I've got a screw loose.

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Here in Belgium we will start on 6 december, lights will be turned on by a famous person here in our region. The police will block the street for any traffic so the visitors are safe :-)

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Here in Belgium we will start on 6 december, lights will be turned on by a famous person here in our region. The police will block the street for any traffic so the visitors are safe :-)

wachten op sinterklaas zeker, hier in nederland hetzelfde verhaal alleen hou ik me er nie aan, ik doe het eerder al

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Any time I have everything done after Thanksgiving.  Usually the Saturday after since I need Friday and daytime Saturday for final testing..

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wachten op sinterklaas zeker, hier in nederland hetzelfde verhaal alleen hou ik me er nie aan, ik doe het eerder al

 

Toch niet hoor, want wij hebben sint-maarten ipv sinterklaas,en die komt bij ons op 11 november. Het is gewoon een vaste trend aan het worden om de eerste vrijdag van december op te starten :-)

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