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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.

Becky Fitz

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About Becky Fitz

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  • Birthday 02/05/1954

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  • Location
    Jackson, Georgia, USA
  • Biography
    I've been married to the same wonderful man for 39 years.
  • Interests
    Decorating my house at Christmas (what else), reading working in my yard and most important of all, my 6 grandchildren
  • Occupation
    Facilities Manager at Georgia Tech
  • About my display
    I have about 40-45,000 lights for this year. I'm also adding a wood train to my display. Everything is static. Would love to have LOR but flashing lights make me dizzy.

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  1. Bald Eagle Christmas - I have the same type of tree you have. It has grown about 10' since last year and we had a heck of a time decorating it then. Unfortunately I can't get a lift in my yard so I don't know what I will do.
  2. Started taking down some of the things today. Got my train dismantled, which is the hardest part. Will probably finish Saturday. Have to have one day of rest before I go back to work on Monday
  3. Too bad you didn't register on MobileMe. It shows where my iPad is when I log onto the site. Really cool. Hope you find your phone.
  4. Mike, I had a similar experience with a group of church ladies. One of them told me that she had lost her dad 2 weeks ago and just didn't have the Christmas spirit. After seeing my house, she went home, got her daughter and brought her back to see the lights. I really felt good that my lights helped them get back in the spirit of Christmas. Good job to you.
  5. I think your display looks great. Doesn't look like a first year display to me. I like it that is not so much going on at one time.
  6. I finally got my train placed. Since we moved it to another side of the yard, we had to change all the lights around. Got most of the smaller side of my yard done. Came home and got the grass cut today before the rains came so now I can get busy on the main part of my display. I won't have everything done by Thursday but will light up with what I have and finish up during the weekend.
  7. Your house looks great. It's not the amount of lights you put out, it's how you use them. If the display looks good to you I sure it will be beautiful to everyone else.
  8. What are you going to use it for? Just asking because I've got some coming to lengthen some cords on my LED lights.
  9. Chris, they did look pretty flimsy to me.
  10. Becky Fitz


    I can't even imagine how hard it must be to put up a display in the snow, but it looks SO beautiful when everything is lit up a night with all that pretty snow. I've only seen snow last around here for 2 days. Can't imagine dealing with it for months!
  11. Wow, I've never heard of this. The train is beautiful!
  12. Jason, sounds like you know alot about lighting. Let me ask you a question. What type of wire do you use to make longer cords for LED's?
  13. I'm really way behind. Had to move my train to another place this year but couldn't decide where to put it. If I out it where I wanted to, the trees blocked it. Another place was in one of my flower beds but I would have to cut down a crype Myrtle, so that's what I did. House lights are up and some of the trees are wrapped, but I just can't get motivated. Hopefully after reading how far along everyone else is on their displays will make me get going.
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