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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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Just looked at the forecast for the metro ATL area. 60 and 70% chance of rain for Wed. and Thurs.!!!!!

I am pretty far along, but... I ALWAYS get paid a visit by Mr. Murphy!

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It's actually snowing here right now... was raining earlier today, but wet all through the weekend also. And nope I'm not done yet neither. It's going to be a damp and cold weekend :D

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yep, we are up near Rome Ga, cold windy, and 1-2 inches rain coming the first part of the week

 

we are sooooooooooooooo far behind, maybe 20% done

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Just looked at the forecast for the metro ATL area. 60 and 70% chance of rain for Wed. and Thurs.!!!!!

I am pretty far along, but... I ALWAYS get paid a visit by Mr. Murphy!

 

+1 ooooH +1 On Mr. Murphy

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Ugh...I made my to-do list yesterday. It is a full page long and I will not be able to even touch the list until Monday :(  Still have to seal the inside and outside of my gingerbread house and buy pvc to zip tie my lights to IF I can even reach my fascia board.  I will not let the rain slow me down!   

 

Wish we were getting snow instead :D

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I am going to finish my display this weekend.....or that is the plan anyways. Forecast says it will be 35 degrees and even colder sunday, so it's gonna be a cold finish this year!

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Have taken off the last nine days working solely on the display and am still behind. The really awesome thing is for the first time in I do not know how many years, I'm at ease with it. Started to stress like I do every year and suddenly it passed.  So what if I am a day late, a week late, it's Christmas lights after all.   Soooo, 820 channels and 370,000 lights will be shining  but I'm not stressing about when.

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I am about 50-60% done.  It has been raining here today and says it will tomorrow also, but I worked out through it today.  I hope to finish up by Saturday night, with the first day of turning the lights on on Black Friday.

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I can deal with the rain, I've put up most of my display in the wet stuff so far. But 2 days ago we dipped below freezing and I still need to go up on the roof once more. I'm not so thrilled with Jack Frost right now!

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OK, think I have this.

 

I am working another 4 days, (32 hours), then retirement begins.

 

Had a nice farewell party yesterday.  nice gift card,

 

really want to convert my mega tree to LED, Garden Ridge 25' strings with 70 C7s may be the route I go.  5 year warrenty,  $15 a string, need about 24 strings

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Again looked at the weather here in ATL. 40% rain in the a.m..  60 and 70% Tuesday and Wednesday!!!!!  I am close, but not finished yet.

 

I am planning what could be done inside (putting RGB's on my white Christmas trees) and doing what has to be done outside...quickly!!!!!!

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My last 7 weekend have been taken up with work.  I took Thur-Fri  off this week and all next week off to work on my display and Wednesday night I came home with the FLU!  Nothing seems to be going right this year.  I have never been this far behind.

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still at maybe 25% done, rain, snow, 35 MPH winds the next couple of days, guess I better not eat toooooooooooo much turkey, know what I will be doing all this long upcoming weekend, cause rain will back first of next week.

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