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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.
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  • 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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Billings North Pole

2013 Billings North Pole Under Construction

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Truly, truly amazing!  So much in a small space that you really have to take your time and look at it all or you miss something!  Love it!!

 

 

 

Steve

 

 

Thanks again everybody!  Lol... so true Steve some of the people that walk through every year ask if this or that is new and I reply by its been out for the last 4 years.

I have 16 20 amp breakers dedicated for Christmas lights and every year I feel them ( 80/20 ratio) but after switching more over to the LED lights I still have 5 breakers left. Wish I would have known that 3 months ago so I could have put up more lights  :)

 

I should have everything up today before the snow falls.

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Well done

Looking good

 

By the way went by your Halloween display and it was super, very nice job my wife made me go by twice...... :blink::huh:;) 

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Well done

Looking good

 

By the way went by your Halloween display and it was super, very nice job my wife made me go by twice...... :blink::huh:;)

 

Glad you guys came by Dennis we had a lot of fun Halloween night well I spent all Tuesday digging out of the snow  :o  :D

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Wow! It looks awesome! And it is really great you dedicated the display to someone...Your house is crazy! The snow really adds to the effect of The North Pole Theme!

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wow! you are amazing! Great display! Is it animated also? I love the Real blanket of snow! Here in so Cal, we have to buy the rolls of fake snow to put over the grass. 

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Thanks for the comps I got the reindeer soldiers from Home Depot last year on sale just had to wait till this year to put them out. This year we finally got hit with a lot of snow I like it just running out of room shoveling lol. 

 

Yes this year I dedicated my display to the children of Sandy Hook Elementary it really hit home to me and my family. I will be placing flags on each of my 10' foot Christmas trees Thursday.

 

I remember as a kid being able to walk through some of the Christmas displays here in Billings so I build mine to let others do the same. The animation I have is the Christmas house's I have built with moving things in them. I get a lot of people taking pics with the Santa that's placed in our front door.

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Amazing, where do you store all of this?

 

Well I now have to have 2 storage units, the shed, garage, a room down stairs, and a cargo trailer lol. When I first got on PC years ago I didn't have much now after reading and building things I have no more room :blink:  :D.

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Thanks for the comps!!! Today we got to drop off a pick a family donation this was are first year being able to do it and we filled the list it was just awesome! We also donate to Childrens Protective Services each year with the toys and money raised from our display looks like its going to be another great Christmas to those in need boy that makes me feel good! :)  A big Merry Christmas to all!

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Just..WOW! So full looking.......I like how you incorporated a bunch or arches in to your display!

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