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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 bobh002

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  • Birthday 02/25/1960

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  • Location
    Townsend DE
  • Biography
    Love my lights. probably yours too
  • Interests
    Computers and santa
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    100.000 lights last year on 64 channels of LOR heading to 250,000 this year
  1. Channel 6 from Philadelphia came today to shoot video of the train and it aired at 5pm and I missed it. Thank goodness some friends dvr'd it and i'll get to see it tomorrow.
  2. I am at 6262 Summit Bridge Rd in Townsend. On Rt 71 , 1 mile south of the light at Main St in Townsend.
  3. The below picture is the same 'kid' that is on the 1962 picture!!
  4. This year I expanded to 80 LOR channels running 100,000 lights with and additional 40,000 static. I laso have a variety of inflatables and blow molds. This year I went with my first mega tree using 7300 lights, 24 channels and 25' high. The big attraction this year is the train in my yard. The train was hand built in 1957 by a local duPont engineer because he loves Christmas as much as all of us. It is still powered by the original 1957 Briggs and Stratton 3hp engine and is a huge hit every night it is running. The first picture below was taken around 1962.
  5. This years display includes a ride on train I aquired this summer. I would like to add a 'trip' switch on the track that would turn on a 110v line when the train hits a certain point. This will be used to light up Mrs. Claus who has a waving arm to wave at the train as it passes.
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