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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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  • 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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Bill V

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I'm getting to be an old man. It seems to be harder and harder to put on the display I work so hard on creating throughout the year. A struggle, and more than a few times, I question whether I can do it one more year. That is when I look for some inspiration. We all need it at times, I hope to attach some letters received over the years to inspire us all.

Guessbook entry 1.doc

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 Here is another.

 

Mr. Vaughn,
I just wanted to send you a message telling you how much it meant to my daughter to see the lights. We drove four hours from Roanoke VA because we heard it was fabulous and something out of a fairy tale.. My daughter Ashton is 19 and very much believes in Santa and love lights. She has down syndrome autism and was diagnosed at Duke this year with Early onset Alzheimer's. Because of her age, the disease progresses much faster than that of an elderly person. I am a social worker at a nursing home and see the affect it has. But we make the most of life, and seeing your lights last night brought the biggest smile to her face.. She woke up this am saying "light light light ho ho ho" and signing more . I just want to sincerely thank you for bringing so many smiles to people who drive by and see you in the window. For some of us, that is our Christmas. May your family be blessed and have a merry holiday season.

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Wow Bill that is so touching Ive been struggling with getting my display up this year because most of you are aware that Im disabled and have a really bad back...And after reading that letter its making me think really hard about why we do this.. A HUGE PART OF ME WANTS TO THROW IN THE TOWEL THIS YEAR..and accept the fact that Im just in to bad of shape to keep going but after reading this Im sure there are children just like Ashton that come to see my display and even though I have never got a letter like that I know now that I need to buck up and push forward and get up what I can anything is going to be better then going dark thanks SO MUCH BILL I NEEDED THIS POST AND THE INSPIRATION..I need to push through Im gonna get dressed right now and go outside and put something up today thanks so much Bill...

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Thank you Bill. I really needed to see these today as well. Like John, the medical issues make it harder and harder to keep up this hobby. Just this morning the computer died (backed up- thank god) and I haven't put one light up. I'm gong to be working on the cold for the next couple weeks and when the computer stopped working, the first thing I thought was "I hate f'ing Christmas!" I told my husband -that's it. I'm done. No lights this year!

Reading your letters reminded me why I do this. For my little girl- my blessing. So thank you so much. I'm going to get my sorry butt to work and get the lights up.

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