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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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    The Great Christmas Light Fight is Back for 2019 and 2020


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    Per the press release from ABC, The Great Christmas Light Fight has been renewed for the next two years!

    Here is a sneak peek of this year's season. Any PlanetChristmas folks on it this year?

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    ‘Tis the season for ABC’s immensely popular decorating competition series,
    “The Great Christmas Light Fight,” which continues to celebrate the most
    wonderful time of the year with celebrity judges—lifestyle expert Carter
    Oosterhouse and famed interior designer Taniya Nayak. The series returns
    for its seventh season with back-to-back episodes starting MONDAY, DEC. 2 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), for three
    consecutive weeks. ABC also announced the pickup of season eight to air in
    2020. View a sneak peek of season seven here.

    Season seven of the holiday hit will once again showcase the most
    extravagant and utterly spectacular Christmas displays America has to
    offer! In each one-hour episode, four families with dazzling household
    displays will compete to win $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy.
    This season, viewers will also be treated to a second round of the special
    Heavyweights episode, featuring light shows so massive, they extend well
    beyond household frames. Additionally, peek inside featured family homes
    for an impressive batch of unique interior Christmas displays, as Judges
    Oosterhouse and Nayak lead the way in another year of over-the-top holiday
    cheer.

     

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    21 hours ago, ScottCalvin said:

    Per the press release from ABC, The Great Christmas Light Fight has been renewed for the next two years!

    Any PlanetChristmas folks on it this year?

    I don't know about the current season but in past years it seems like  there were PCers in every episode.

    TED

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