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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.

Dr. Krampus

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  • Location
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Biography
    I am a High School Student who has always done Halloween displays, but I have decided to stretch myself creatively and try my hand at Christmas lights.
  • Interests
    I'll admit, I'm more of a Halloween person. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas, I've just never done much with lights for Christmas. Of course, that's ALL about to change! I also love art and Heavy Metal music.
  • Occupation
    High School Student
  • About my display
    As of this writing, I haven't done a display yet, but this Thanksgiving I plan on creating a light display for my neighborhood to enjoy! No real solid ideas yet, but I know I want to do something with the Grinch.
  1. Yep, you got it! "Devil of Christmas"... puts it pretty nicely, actually.
  2. Good Evening, my name is Dr. Phineas J. Krampus (well, not really, but let’s just pretend it is). I’ve always enjoyed Christmas, though I’ve never really done much with lights. I must confess that I’m more of a Halloween person, and have been doing those kinds of displays for six years, but I’ve decided it’s time to stretch myself creatively, so this year I will be attempting my first Christmas light display. I don’t expect to do anything jaw dropping (I’m only in High School, so both my budget and knowledge of programming are limited), but I will certainly do my best to spread some cheer through my lights. I’ve had several ideas for Christmas brewing in my noggin (not all of them involving lights) and I hope to share them through this wonderful site at some point down the road. I wish ye all best of luck with your displays this year! - - Dr. P.J. Krampus PS: Ten points to anyone who can figure where I get my surname…
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