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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.

    John62

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Well my favorite Christmas story is when I was setting up my Christmas lights on the very top of my two story house, this older couple comes walking by and waves to me so I wave back, and then I see him whisper to his wife 'What the heck is he doing up there?' and at the same time I say to myself 'What the heck am I doing up here?' LOL!!! So later on that night the house is all set up and I turn on the lights, what a beautiful site I thought! What made it even more spectacular was the street lamp in from of my house never came on. Hmmm I thought to myself, I'll have to call the city and get that fixed. Although normally I would have waited, but we were heading off to New York and since it was right in front of my house, I didn't want it to be completely pitch black when we were gone. So I shut off the lights and waited for the wife and daughter to come home from work,( my wife picked up our daughter from daycare). So I go back out to clean up a couple of things and the streetlight is on, Hmmm I wonder, maybe the light sensor is going bad, okay no problem at least it works. So I go back in one last time to check the lights, I turn them on, go outside and the street lamp is off again, wait a minute I tell myself, I go back in, turn off the lights and the street light comes back on! I'm having a Chevy Chase moment!!! The girls get home, my neighbors across the street get home and my next door neighbor gets home and I tell them watch this, I exclaim! I turn on the house lights, go outside, everybody is oohing and ah-hing and telling me how pretty it is. I tell them just wait and watch, and then bam the street light goes out!!! Well you can imagine the look on everybody's face when that happened!! They couldn't believe it either! They all said Chevy Chase!!!! And that folks is my favorite Christmas Story!
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      I line in Northern CA
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    • About my display
      A small display
    1. I started with outlining the roofline roughly today to see what I want to do. So yes, it has begun!
    2. I don't mean to hijack this thread, but thanks! I am new here and all of you answered my question-concern as well. I agree it's not a competition, at least not with me, I want to make my yard nice but not overly cluttered and I have about the same set-up and yard space as the O.P. Now, what's a Mega-Tree? Thanks!
    3. John62

      Hi From CA!

      Thanks for the Welcome all! I am located in the Tracy, CA area of NorCal. I decorate the house outside more and more each year, but nowhere near to what I've seen on this site! I thought I was at least in the category of novice, but I'm not even there yet!! Each year I see my faults and mistakes and correct it the next year where I see more areas that could use lights and so on and so forth. This year I have just finished the roofline of my house and took a real good look at it and said, "WOW! John, you REALLY are going to need MORE lights if you want this to look right". As you all know , mo
    4. John62

      Hi From CA!

      Hi All, I found this forum after my wife told me to look for a Christmas lights forum to help me with the house lights! Ha Ha! I have been doing lights on my house now for about 5 to 6 years, nothing spectacular, but enough to keep me busy for two days of setting things up. I do a roof line of C9's and ground level of mini's and assorted C7's with candy canes. I'm always interested in new ideas and ways to do things and this looks like the place to be!
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