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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 randyjb77

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  • Birthday 02/25/1977

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  • Location
    Denville NJ
  • Biography
    been decorating for halloween and christmas since i was a kid
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    classic cars
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  • About my display
    a little mix of everything some homebuilt
  1. Take the time to plan it out and it will save you alot of headache later. We started with LOR controlers but are now going with the Renards. When you compare the prices of around $300 for a LOR compared to anywhere from $100 to $150 for a Renard the savings can add up quick and will let you spend it somewhere else in your display
  2. There's also HauntForum.com is another good site. Has a lot of info on just about every aspect of Halloween haunting for small shows up to professional Halloween haunts.
  3. We do it all the time.Between work ,putting on a Halloween display and everything else time is limited
  4. Still working on geting our Hallowen display don this week before I cane even think of my Christmas display
  5. Started to set up my halloween display sat.Still trying to figure it all out due to having to redesign it after loosing the tree in the front yard with last years snow storm.Also have to figure out what to do with two truck loads of new stuff. At the same time having Allison programming all the light show,dmx,servos,ect. I"m going to owe her big time after this
  6. I hope so I just started to get up my halloween display up and running,also just gave my neighbor the bad news that I will be taking over her front yard today due to the runnign out of space on mine
  7. would love to have any advice shared on these please.. we just bought one
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