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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 1ezlife

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  • Birthday 02/11/1955

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  • Location
    Seattle, Wa
  • Biography
    LOVE Christmas lights! AND Elvis!
  • Interests
    Play guitar. Love gardening
  • Occupation
    Leasing Agent
  • About my display
    It's busy but tasteful. Not over the top....YET!
    I run ext cords from 9 outlets in the garage and 2 off the back porch. I keep plugging stuff in until the overload pops!

    I made a 3ft diameter earth about 15 years ago. I used blue motion lights for the water. Unfortunately, I mounted it on foamcore and it's taken a beating over the years. Planning on redoing it on plywood....someday!
  1. Yes I have a REAL bad case of CLAP! But I'm lovin Jan. Christmas lights are 75% almost everywhere. Sears in Shoreline still has a good selection. Including these cool GE color changing Santas and snowmen.
  2. Hey There I was just trying to put together this angel I bought a few years ago at Rite Aid I'm pretty sure. It's about 3-4ft tall. It's holding a gold star and it has gold wings that open & close as it's head turns. I got it all together EXCEPT the motion part. there seems to be a hook on the assembly that I can't figure out where it goes. Does ANYONE know what I'm talking about?
  3. Is there some kind of program that let's you plan/see your display before you put it all up? I'm thinking of something like a landscape design program but for Christmas lights. There has to be one out there
  4. 24th should work for me. What's the time frame? I frequently work Sat's Clay
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