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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.

Matt R.

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About Matt R.

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  • Birthday 09/04/1974

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  • Location
    Wichita, KS
  • Biography
    I love the lights! I put up a few when I was a kid, and a few more when when I moved out on to my own when I was in my 20s. The lights took a back seat for a couple of years, but now that I have a son to share the experience with, it's full speed ahead!

    There is a small photo of my 1999 display in Hobbs, NM under the "Showing Off" section. It's static, and all in clear bulbs, but it was the most complete I've done. You can't see it in the still photo, but I lit 8 large pines with 1120 random twinkling minis each, and they almost looked like they were on fire.
  • Interests
    Cooking, Photography, Boating, Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    Restaurant Owner
  • About my display
    "Tell us a little about your Christmas display"

    Since the box asked, my Christmas display is little! But we're working on it!
  1. Hi KS light folks! Just wanted to drop a note to say we visited several light displays earlier tonight, and really enjoyed your effort and hard work. Of course my 2 year old fell asleep as soon as we put him in the car seat, but I guess he'll see the lights next year! We visited the Parallel Road display in Andover, and the Stratford Street and Lawrence Lane displays in Wichita. So, if the owners of these great displays read this, thanks so much! We really enjoyed the artistry that went into them, and your displays put the the angel on top of the tree for a great family Christmas!
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