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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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    1. Aerial video of Christmas lights around the Birmingham area. Video by shot and edited by: www.Skybama.com Thanks for watching! Locations in order shown: 1: Downtown Birmingham 2: Lynn park city hall in the background 3: Cahaba Road / Montevallo Rd Mountain Brook 4: The Summit 5: Somewhere really close to Mayfair Park 6: 234 Windchase Drive Birmingham 7: 3069 Brookhill Dr Birmingham AL Matthew Peacock 8: Oak Mountain Festival of Lights. 9: 12 Red Fox Drive Pelham David and Barbara Phillips 10: 1813 Arrow Drive, Alabaster Tracy & Chris Richardson 11: 545 Fie
    2. John: on our spiral we have 16 channels for green, 16 blue, and 16 white. Also a 9 channel star (3 for each color). It is 20 ft. tall built on a platform w/ wheels that I can move w/ my tractor. Aprox. 6,000 lights.
    3. Link did not work in above post - try this: http://player.vimeo.com/video/32883956?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0
    4. 8333 West Hill Road Pinson, Al. 35126 304 Channels of Light-o-Rama 75,000 lights 2nd year <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/33184012?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="400" height="225" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>
    5. Address is: 8333 West Hill Road, Pinson Al. 35126 Camera is Kodak Zi8 Thanks for the kind comments
    6. This is our first year effort in Pinson, Alabama: http://vimeo.com/18106202 http://vimeo.com/18107012 http://vimeo.com/18108420
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