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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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Ok, just want to know if anyone has ever seen these before.  I got off work this morning at 4AM and pulled in our driveway to find them leaning against the garage wall.  I came inside confused and asked my wife if she knew anything about them.  She told me this elderly lady stopped by that afternoon and asked if we wanted a few extra decorations.  She told her that her husband had passed away recently, and that she was unable to decorate anymore.  She said she enjoyed coming by and seeing our light display, and that she does so frequently.  So, I went back out to the garage, set them up, and plugged them in to see how they were.  The Mickey riding the reindeer was half burned out, but the Santa and Pluto were perfect.  I went right to work on Mickey, and after an hour had him looking like new again.  I will have these out in the display, proudly, tomorrow through New Years Night, and for the rest of the time I set up our display to honor her and her late husband.  You just never know how your display touches someones life.  Pretty good feeling to know you bring someone who lost a loved one, especially their spouse, some peace and joy!  Just Wow.   Anyway, if anyone knows anything about these decorations, especially how old they might be, I would love to know. 

 

 

 

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And these particular ones have the hard, yet flexible and transparent plastic coating around the lights and frame, and they are color coordinated with the lights.   Twist ties were used to close all the plastic sections, and even they were the same color as the bulbs and plastic coating. 

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We bought an old amusement park that hadn't been open since the early 70's. Nothing left the buildings are falling down. We cleaned up and put in a miniature railroad and opened to the public 3 years ago. This year the public donated over 10,000 lights and many decorations. Next year were planning on being open 17 days for Christmas and 50,000 lights. The township just took us off the tax rolls for being a non profit and gave back nearly 3 years in taxes because we are doing something great for the community.

 

You just never know what will happen during the Christmas season

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How cool is this! Where is your park?

We bought an old amusement park that hadn't been open since the early 70's. Nothing left the buildings are falling down. We cleaned up and put in a miniature railroad and opened to the public 3 years ago. This year the public donated over 10,000 lights and many decorations. Next year were planning on being open 17 days for Christmas and 50,000 lights. The township just took us off the tax rolls for being a non profit and gave back nearly 3 years in taxes because we are doing something great for the community.

 

You just never know what will happen during the Christmas season

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That is so cool Mikell!!,

I wish I had my own amusement park but a vintage ride one. Looking at your pics,there is a birdhouse with some figures on the left tree? Whats up there?  And if you need another mickey. I have a wire framed one for sale. Needs a good home and would look great with your new figures!. I have some of my grandparents lights who are gone now and put them up for memories and in honor of them.

 

Love it!!!

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