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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.


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About ilovemymac

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  • Birthday 05/24/1976

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  • Location
    De Soto, KS (kansas City)
  • Biography
    Married with a 2 yr old daughter.
  • Interests
    Model Trains, christmas lights
  • Occupation
    Self Employed
  • About my display
    1 net lights
    4 mini LED sets of 50
    4 icy crystal c9 lights
    2 regular C9
    4 LED c7
    1 LED C9
  1. I saw a gemmy on ebay for $40 and so now im curious if i should just grab the gemmy or stick with MR Christmas? I see more people saying the MR Christmas is better but not sure now that i could get a gemmy for $40. Will the MR Christmas hold more AMps per channel then the Gemmy? I have at least 4 sets of C9 lights outlining my drive and yard so i would need to be able to run those and 2 sets are connected together. The rest i have are LED and some mini lights and other display things like reindeer and so forth that i know dont take up much in AMps.
  2. I know that all the other ones out there are better then the Gemmy and the MR Christmas but its all i have money for this year. If i understand what i read the wireless Mr christmas is only 4 channels rather then 6. But i know i read in the forums someone was saying this was better then the regular Mr Christmas. So for those who have tried these can someone let me know which is better and why? Also what are your experiences with this unit? Seems from what i read other then you can add MP3 player to the Gemmy its not as well built and many MP3 players dont work with it and even when it does work it seems to dance faster then it should. So till next year when i can afford to get the LOR or another kind to put up then i will do it up right. Thanks for all the help
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