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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 mnull13

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  • Birthday 04/18/1978

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Watching my dad put up giant C9's, and then drawing our house and coloring lights along the roof line.
  • Location
    Menifee, CA
  • Biography
    Father of 4, doing lights for 15 years
  • Interests
    Spending time with my kids
  • Occupation
    Project Manager
  • About my display
    Around 8000 lights, 30+ Blow Molds and 15 Wire figures

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  1. Most of them are 60 Watt, I believe its the picture as well as the wattage. I am going to try and switch them out with something new for a few reasons, cost and since they wont be making those bulbs anymore. Just not to sure what to use.
  2. Now that everything's down, thought I'd share my 2013 display. Roughly 30 or so blow molds. Sorry for the blurry ones.
  3. There is one in Murrieta, CA, called Bainbridge Circle. I think its 13 houses in a Cul-De-Sac. Its amazing as well.
  4. Thanks Mel, I am certainly keeping them, they are going into my collection and will be displayed this year as soon as I clean them up and fix one of them. Thanks for the info, I didn't know anything other then the JC Penny info I found after I posted this. Thanks for your help.
  5. I picked up 2 of these for $5 each, but I cannot find any info on them other then they are made by Empire Plastics, no year made on them. Thanks-Mike
  6. I unplugged the deep freezer in the garage and that solved it. That "grid" is only on the column and a low roof. Mike
  7. I had to light it up via spot light because I was blowing the breaker so much so I figured 1 plugged in is better than 7 and the star is cut off in the picture.
  8. Ohhh we saw it, One day as we were leaving my 3 little girls were screaming...nice list, nice list, nice list! They wanted him to know, and they thought he was real. Top notch, I'll try and stop by soon, before it all comes down. Mike and family.
  9. The SuperTarget in So Cal(Menifee) is 30% off as well, bought 2 snowflakes. Not much of a selection.
  10. Your display is awesome, my family and I have seen it come together with all our visits. Congrats.
  11. The Christmas Vacation house!!!!!!! We have seen your house 10 times, if not more. We love it. My kids and my wife see it every day because they go to Callie. Very, very impressed. Love the theme.
  12. Ohh, ok, yeah we've driven through there a few times. Have you seen the show with two houses linked together?
  13. Where at? I live in Menifee off of Antelope Rd.
  14. Thank you all, my Father is Retired Navy after 27yrs in The Navy.
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