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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.

Crazytrain83

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About Crazytrain83

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  • Birthday 05/25/1974

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    Cottage Grove, MN
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    Second year LOR user
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    Second year LOR user w/48 channels

    Small, clean display.
  1. From City of Cottage Grove: In the interest of everyone’s safety, the Holiday Train has been cancelled. The Public Safety Department is encouraging people to stay home and avoid traveling unless it’s an emergency. Please stay safe. Remember to check on your neighbor’s that may need assistance.
  2. Even though the Cottage Grove stop is two minutes from my house, I've never seen it. This year was going to be the year to head down there with the fam. Until.... I heard the forecast for Saturday Night: A foot of snow 40 MPH wind gusts -30 Windchills We still might head out, but I'm guessing we're less than 50/50. Major Bummer!
  3. Saw the display last night. Looks awesome.
  4. You'll get no sympathy from me.... I was the one putting lights on the roof in the freeing rain whistling "Good King Wenceslas"
  5. Our mini trees are down to about 4 inches above snow level. Maybe we can call them "Spruce tops". "Tune To" sign had to be dug out. And this will be the last year we just stake the flood lights in the ground. Next year, they're either going up on posts or being mounted to the roof. The part I'm not a big fan of is that everything's pretty much stuck out in the yard until April now.
  6. Hey JJ.... Any word of a winner? I thought they were going to present the winner their prize at the council meeting tomorrow night.
  7. The good news is that all of our displays will look significantly better. The bad news... parts of those displays will still be in out in March.
  8. I'm pretty sure it all blew into my driveway.
  9. Mother Nature says it's time to stop puttering around in the yard. Hope everyone got all their stuff done. Now sit back and enjoy your hard work!
  10. Lame is right. I think this is first time it's ever hit the "Grove" on a weekend. Can't wait for you to post those pics JJ!
  11. Seriously disappointed that we're going to be out of town this year. The Cottage Grove stop is less than a mile from my house, and I won't even be able to see it. Oh well... you guys enjoy it!
  12. Gulp. I did not receive that e-mail. Good thing we got everything done last night. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the city decided to have a contest, but the schedule for it is horrible. How can you make the nomination deadline before Thanksgiving? And now with zero notice, they're going to move the judging day up a week to... um TODAY! Not so good.
  13. We finished wrapping the last mini tree last night and ran a quick test. I had one sequence I had to tweak and a fading issue with the new LED's. But once we got those fixed we were good to go and just left it running. Tonight should be our first full night. Now about the condition of the INSIDE of the house....
  14. Well we just got ourselves registered today. Also nominated the static display across the street. The guy said that the mayor and his team of judges would be out between December 7th and the 11th. Then he just kind of threw in at the end that all the nominated addresses would be published in the S Washington County Bulletin next Wednesday. There's no reason why we shouldn't be fully up and running by then, but if something goes wrong, we now have the motivation to get it taken of right away! Good Luck Justin!
  15. Cripes. Thanksgiving week and not a light has been hung. If you drove past the house, you'd think we were Amish! Spent Saturday building wood frames for the lights around the windows. (which I only had 11 months to finish!) And based on the forecast this week, it looks like Friday might be a VERY busy day!
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