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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.
Tom Fleming

95% Done With Display!

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Looks good! Can't wait for some night pics! What exactly are people donating in that box? And is it attached to those stakes or is it just resting in them?

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people can donate to toys for tots in the box and breast cancer research in the donation box. the box screws to the posts but I take it down at night and haven't put the box up yet since the show hasn't started yet.

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Wish I had the Drive, just not feeling it this year, I have started but no excitement, had a couple drive by and ask if we were doing our display, they always came by and wanted to know, so guess I better get after it.

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Its not the need of a tripod...its the digital cameras...their just too slow to capture lights without blurring.  I did find it interesting that you had to add a sign that video cameras are in use....its sad when the greedy take even from the needy.....I stopped doing the Angel Tree adoptions...I've seen too many "Have's" take advantage of the program so now my husband and I find and help families that we know are in need but too proud to ask for help.....a rarity in this day and age but they do still exist (the proud part)....I can tell story after story of people I've known throughout the years that feel the need to brag like its an accomplishment of how they signed up and took anything and everything they could from the charities, food banks, and  Angel Gifts out of greed not need; and sadly, it seems to be the trend not the few.  Sorry off topic....your display looks great both day and night ...makes me wish mine was done....but I've barely started. :blink:

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I have also so many people who don't need help use the charities and take from people who actually need it. that's why I decided to go with breast cancer research. it is something that has affected both my wife and my family and the donations go to finding a cure so I know so.e "leechers" can't take from the charity who don't need it. as far as the camera signs, it is unfortunate i have to take those precautions. a few years ago I had some kids pop some of my blow ups and once someone stole something so I was forced to out cameras up especially since I am taking donations. it also protects our show. it sucks that I spend 2 months setting up my display so that kids and adults can smile when they see my display and because it attracts do much attention it puts a bullseye on my house for derelict Kidd to be idiots. I haven't had any incidents in a few years but this is my first year in a new neighborhood so im hoping for a smooth season.

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