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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.

Colorado Christmas

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About Colorado Christmas

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    That feeling when the display is finally up for the season!
  • Location
    Castle Rock, CO
  • Biography
    Recently moved into a new house and looking to build an amazing display.
  • Interests
    Cutting down our Christmas tree in the near-by National Forrest (with a permit of course), C9s, Ornaments, and everything else Christmas.
  • Occupation
    Aviation Safety Manager
  • About my display
    Newbie to RGB and xLights

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  1. Wow! What a fantastic display! Thanks for sharing the pictures and video. I really like what you did with the driveway arch. I'm looking forward to your video on the starbursts. Congratulations again.
  2. Congratulations! Do you have any pics or a website where we can see your award-winning display?
  3. That would be awesome. Heat Miser was one of my older brother's favorite Christmas tv show characters - and now I'll have that song stuck in my head for the rest of the day. Ha!
  4. Now that's a cool idea. I read on another post about donation boxes how some people seem hesitant to get out of their cars to make a donation. A text donation system would be both convenient and secure. Did this work well for you in 2012?
  5. Very cool idea. Do you happen to have any pictures of a completed ornament?
  6. Nice Work, your display looks great and congratulations on making national news.
  7. Wow, that is amazing. Great job and thanks for sharing.
  8. Snowmen having a snowball fight across the driveway is such a cool idea! Toozie21 - the link in your post did not open for me. I was able to go to your homepage (http://www.tooz.us/index.html) to view your snowmen snowball fight video under projects. Nice job! I really liked how you knocked the hat off the snowman when he got hit with the snowball. Also, "FRA-GEE-LAY Industries" on your homepage is priceless.
  9. "If your yard doesn't sound like an airport put up more inflatables!" Chazilla - I llike the tag line below your picture.
  10. Thanks for all the great suggestions. I think we are leaning towards a white elephant type exchange with stealing. However, I do like the idea of hanging the ornaments on a tree - it would give me an excuse to put up another Christmas tree in the in the house!
  11. My wife and I plan on hosting our first ever ornament exchange party in early December. We have the dates narrowed down, the hors d'oeuvres selected, and the guest list planned. The only thing we haven’t quite figures out is how to conduct the actual ornament exchange during the party. We were wondering if anyone has ideas on how best to do an ornament exchange. Should the guests bring their ornaments wrapped? Do we allow ornaments to be “stolen”, similar to a white elephant gift exchange? Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
  12. Hello Darlene, I like your idea to use small glass jars as globes for your runway lights. How did your runway turn out? Do you have any pictures you can share?
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