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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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Paul / Shadow

Christmas 2013, Just Not Getting Going

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It wouldn't be A light display without at LEAST one monkey wrench!  Glad to hear you took the "Doc's" advise!  The funk passed!  That's ONE success!  Your TFT drive, makes TWO!   Congrads on that!

 

We also did A Toys for Tots drive.  I can't think of A better charity that is SO focused on Christmas to have as A benefactor of our lights!  Seems to fit like A glove!

 

We've been asked SO many times, if we accept donations, for the power bill, etc.  The answer was always, no.  That's why I go to work every day!  Well, that and the mortgage!

 

I'm just upset that it took me THIS long (11 years) to figure it out!  Why NOT use the display to benefit others?  It's there, the people are there, why so long to connect the dots?  Well, I never claimed to be A genius. 

 

Anyway, problem solved.  TFT will be invited here, every year the display is here!  If my 11yo holds true to his word, they will come to HIS house as well!  Insert "proud Pappa" comment here!

 

We received, almost $700 in cash donations, this year, and 5, 30 gallon bags FILLED with toys!  Just shy of filling A full sized pick up's bed.  But that's 5X's what we did LAST year!

 

The difference?  I went on two local radio stations promoting the drive!  It had an AWSOME effect!  SGT. Rob was working his (butt) off!  And he loved every second of it!  It helped that it wasn't raining this year!  Those donations were the result of four hours "work" over two nights.   A suggestion for you there, for your next years drive!  I CAN'T say no, to A Marine in full dress blues, not many radio stations will either!

 

Some people (regular viewers) were ACTUALLY UPSET, that they hadn't heard about it! (the drive)  Some even left, went to Walmart, and returned to drop off A toy!  How cool is THAT!

 

SGT. Rob, wants to come back for four days next year!  Of course, he's welcome EVERY DAY!  Sadly, my entire county has only four uniformed Marines evolved with TFT.  So the demands on them are enormous!  Knowing THAT, it makes me feel all that much better that they see "value" in our display, as A fundraiser!

 

On A side note, your Obama care denied your bill for my services!  LOL!

 

I'm mildly upset with you!  You had Limos (plural) out in front!  I didn't have ONE!  I'll have to work on that for next year!  LOL!

 

Merry AFTER Christmas!

 

Scott

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