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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.

MinnesotaMike

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About MinnesotaMike

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  • Birthday 09/11/1969

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  • Location
    South St Paul, Minnesota
  • Biography
    I am a Christmas rube all year 'round. I am married with two young boys.
  • Interests
    Classic cars and all things Christmas.
  • Occupation
    Sales (medical devices)
  • About my display
    I am a novice when it comes to exterior lighting. I hung my first string of lights (outdoors) in 2008. In '09 I added a couple blow molds, multi-colored net lights over the bushes, and lighted candy canes up the sidewalk. I am still working on ideas for this year and beyond.

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  1. I am!! Haven't gotten the Halloween stuff down yet, but I'm planning to begin the transition this weekend!!
  2. You don't happen to know where I can find an instruction manual do you?
  3. I finally found a garage sale with blow molds! I picked the pair of these up for $4. Seems like a decent deal to me!
  4. LOL @ "african american". How the heck do you know their continent of origin?
  5. Am I missing something here?
  6. Lame. Would have liked to see the pics.
  7. I can't even see anything.
  8. Crap...I thought I knew how I was going to make my minis this year, but now I have no idea!!! Wait, I mean I have a LOT of ideas!!
  9. I am lucky that most of my stuff is up near the house where it's been partly covered by awnings. I have bigger plans for 2011, and I'm remaining optimistic that this year was the exception and not the rule when it comes to December snowfall. Next year, I will be MUCH more impacted by a deep snow. I'm thinking I may just prepare anyway, and figure out a way to display stuff elevated in some way.
  10. I have such a tiny little yard, most of my stuff is right near the house anyway, but it still can't be seen from the road with the huge snow berms that have been created, and the huge drift across the yard. I dug out my bushes in front of the house, and now the pile in my yard is even higher! I told my wife I want to go buy an LED spiral tree and put it right up on top of the snow pile in the front yard...in defiance of the snow!!! also...my son broke all 3 of my walkway lights "helping" me remove the snow.
  11. Kinda looks like a tiki hut. It works though! Nice job. I want to do a Nativity as well. Hopefully next year.
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