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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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mikell

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About mikell

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  • Birthday 12/18/1957

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  • Location
    SW Michigan
  • Biography
    Have a 15" railroad to get ready for Christmas
  • Interests
    Trains
  • Occupation
    Tech
  • About my display
    a mile of track on 35 acres to decorate.

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  1. Yup Home Depot has the prize so far . 100 of each ordered and delivered within a week for less than $100 if I recall
  2. The park is in Southwest Michigan. We have 40 acres and a railroad so were going to start decorating after Labor Day this year. Just cleaned out Big lots and a hardware at 75% off. We still have a long ways to go http://www.edenspringspark.com
  3. Saw they were out of the others but I needed these anyway. Should be good for a year or maybe 2
  4. Another trailer will haul the cords, timers and other such stuff that will be needed. That might even be a train car being the decorating will be on the railroad.
  5. It'll be covered and sealed to be outside year round for storage. We start setting up in August so I can haul it with one of several vehicles to pull around the grounds. I'm planning on lots of mini trees so the lights will be handy to build them instead of having to go to the other end of the property to get them it's a mile away. Just trying to get a plan together. Went to a huge flea market last fall and the idea has been bouncing around in my head since. A trailer full of bins of lights!! An inverter to test them as I plug em in then they will be ready for the final extension cord trailer. Yes it's getting crazy big
  6. 15,000 lights this year and hopefully 50,000 next . I dug out an old 4' x 8' trailer and am going to turn it into my light buggy. A place to store and sort just the lights for the display. Any thoughts or ideas? Something with bins for each color or type and room for parts . Cords will probably be in another trailer because I have so many.
  7. 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
  8. Super glue and various colors of duct tape are your friends.
  9. I was wondering if tent sealant would work or boot waterproffing? paint seems it would yellow. Too cold here to do anything anyway
  10. So do people walk around your display or is it drive by . Just worried about the icing being pulled off
  11. Pages around the the scene lit up one at a time maybe 2-3 pages
  12. mikell

    Feel Horrible

    Our second ot third day we were open a woman said she fell and broke her glasses and was going to sue if we didn't buy her new ones. We got her information but 2 days later she was back with the same exact glasses on that she broke?? So I checked the security cameras and they were the same and when we went to her eye Dr. they wanted nearly $1200 for a new pair. I called her and told her we would pay to have them fixed but I would need to take them in so she would have to drop them off. NOTHING for about a month then a supposed lawyer called with a threat. I said I had no idea what he was talking about because there wasn't an issue. Never heard another thing of course our lawyer was involved at that point but her's wouldn't leave any usefull info other than his number and to say he was from out of state where they spend the winter
  13. Charge admission and make it HIGH. I have a friend that couldn't keep tresspassers off his property and they police would just tell them to leave. So private tour signs and if they get caught he gives them the chance to pay $100 or go to jail for theft. Works really well and the problem has slowed down
  14. We did an interview 2 weeks ago and luckly we had snow for the pictures. We managed to get nearly the whole front page of the weekly local news section. Probably 10,000 lights have been donated and several people have volunteered ideas and help. Amazing how many people have given us new in the box lights. Were a non profit and open to the public so all publicity is good. Talk about hours involved and number of lights when you start decorating. How you change things from year to year and maybe something that you tried that didn't work out and something you want to try but it's TOP SECRET!! www.edenspringspark.com
  15. OK will stop by I have the old House of David park and railroad in BH and need a lot of things. www.edenspringspark.com
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