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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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When is everyone turning their lights on for the first time? I should have everything ready to go by this Saturday, but my wife thinks I need to wait until black Friday to turn them on. Thoughts?

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It seems most turn there lights on at thanksgiving or right around that following weekend. I aim for Thanksgiving but rairly make it!!

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It's our family tradition to eat our Thanksgiving dinner, and we all head outside for the show to start at 6. It's kinda becoming a tradition for a lot of the neighborhood families. When we walk out, there's already a crowd waiting. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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Thanksgiving night.  Many people have thanked me because there are a lot of families that have relatives over then, but not for Christmas.  The only time they can see it in person is during that time.

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I usually turn on thanksgiving night because you get alot of families visiting from outside the area so my display gets seen by alot more by lighting on Thanksgiving...But with that said im behind and thanksgiving night might not happen this year...

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In Canada our Thanksgiving is in October so I usually wait for Dec 1, but I am now 99% done so the lights go on tonight! Just waiting for my wife to get home.

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I hope to have mine done this weekend but i am also decorating 2 other houses this weekend so it may not get done til wenesday when i get out of school early. I usually shoot for black Friday or that same weekend

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Planning to start my display Thanksgiving night.  Got my AC channels all wired up & checked out successfully tonight.  I have a few net light strings to fix up; not all lighting up and had to replace the top section of a mini tree; half the lights wouldn't light.  Arrgh.  Replaced it with a new string after trying my "Lightkeeper Pro" for a few minutes.  Painful, but done now!  Will setup arches, nativity scene, and cross tomorrow and run the whole display, RGBs included.  Very exciting to see my first synched display running correctly!!!

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Our lights went live last night... Mainly because as we loose a weekend this year, I was determined to get the extra week... Also allows for testing and tweaks... It was worth it.  I am a traditionalist by nature, i.e. starting on Thanksgiving... However my wife and neighbors kept harrassing me to start the show... SO.. I must comply... :-) 

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I always start / test the night of Black Friday.  Or Day after Thanksgiving.  I'm not so sure I'll be one time this year though.  We shall see!

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I pretty much finished last night.  All I have to do is put a train in the front yard after I fix a bunch of burned out bulbs, and set my poloron mechanical Santa out.  I plan to go live Friday night.  Friday is going to be a fun family day, no work, no shopping, but decorating the inside of the house.  Looking forward to it.

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We do ours Thanksgiving night every year so that the family can all be there for the "grand lighting". Then, we eat pie :)

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I was planning to turn on Thanksgiving night, but I missed that by one night.  I turned mine on Black Friday night.  My goal will be to turn on my light show on Thanksgiving night every year.

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