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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 EricFromKansas

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  • Birthday 01/19/1952

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  • Location
    Wichita, Kansas USA
  • Biography
    Small town business owner
  • Interests
    Christmas Displays
  • Occupation
    Self Employed
  • About my display
    208 LOR Channels with FM transmitter
  1. This Saturday, April 7th at noon! I'll be there.
  2. This Saturday at 1pm. I'll be there.
  3. Mel, thanks so much, I found the address on page two as your said. It's just that last Christmas I did go by Steve's display, but I wasn't actually driving so I wasn't sure I could find the house during the day with no christmas lights on.
  4. March 19th at 1pm sounds good to me. I just need to know what the address is?
  5. Socrnet, About your lockup problem...I was having the same thing happen a few years ago. Come to find out it was interference coming in on the usb cable. If you search "show lockup" on the light-o-rama forum it explains the whole thing. The fix is easy just add a pair of snap on ferrite filters on each end of the cable between your computer and the lor usb converter. Lor sells the cable or you can get a pair of filters from Jameco electronics #218174 for about $2 to use on your existing cable. Eric
  6. If you guys get out to Goddard please come by and see my display. It's located in Goddard, Kansas, 5 minutes West of Wichita. Turn south from highway 54 between Pizza Hut and Gerrard
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