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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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  • 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.

Choo Choo

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About Choo Choo

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  • Birthday 07/31/1939

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  • Location
    Richmond, Va.
  • Biography
    I retired a little over a year ago. I've always liked Christmas lights, especially lots of colorful ones. I do most of our Christmas decorating as my wife still works. I'm an avid reader of fiction. I enjoy my two grandchildren; one lives in Richmond but the other lives in Hawaii, consequently I get to see her only every couple of years.
  • Interests
    Hobbies include fishing, reading and the Washington Redskins. And, at Christmas time, putting up my light display.
  • Occupation
    Retired after 40 years in state government public relations.l
  • About my display
    I try to put up something different each year. My displays sometimes depart from the traditional. For example, last year I used a fire-breathing dragon that reminded me of Chinese New Year. I also use lighted flowers such as tulips and irises.

    My display is very small compared to many others but it is the most extensive and creative in my neighborhood. I get many compliments. The kids think its "awesome."

    My biggest problem is rain. Each time it rains my lights go out. I don't know how to solve it. I hope I can get some info from this sight.
  1. Hey, Y'all: I'm a newbie to the forum and looking for answers to a couple of questions. I will appreciate your help. I heard a fellow on TV who said you can replace the fuses in a string of lights with nails, which will enable you to connect an endless number of light strings. Is this common among folks who do lots of Christmas lights? Is it safe? Do you cut the nails the same size as the fuses? Should use a particular type and size nail? I've long wanted to wrap lights on the limbs in a tall oak tree in my yard but could never figure out how to get around the limit of connecting only three strings of lights. Replacing the fuses with nails could let me do it, though it seems like an endless task removing fuses and substituting nails. Also, do those of you who put lights throughout a tall tree leave them up all year? Thanks for reading my question. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Choo Choo
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