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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 Chazilla

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      upstate new york
    • Biography
      Enjoy old houses, snowmobiles, cars and airblown inflatables...and of course HOLIDAY LIGHTS!
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      Materials Mgt.
    • About my display
    1. I have the exact one sitting next to me on my puter desk...and a 5ft tall inflatable one in my front window.
    2. I've got one on my way home from work, I'm checkin' it! I'll say its for home improvement stuff.
    3. yeah, i ended up with 2 because i preordered 1 and found 1 locally too. 1 for the front yard 1 for the back.
    4. coooool! where can I get a projector? These are awesome!
    5. Just 10 days or so, I work til 7pm so my nephew won't like turning on the display for more than that long......and the rain is nuts lately. Used to do bout 3 weeks adding more every week.
    6. Are time outs allowed? I didn't know that. 2 sick parents that I took care of kinda took it toll along with work, sadly both passed within about 2 years of the other. Did it the year mom had her stroke but after her passing I didn't have it in me. Pop and I were kinda numb until his passing this past March. Didn't really have any idea of doing it this year but I'm cleaning house so I figured if I'm goin through it all I might as well put it up.....now I'm listening to PC radio and getting ready to set up. but good news is our Walmart is putting up more lights, even my bulb of choice
    7. Holy cow! My 12.5 seemed pretty large but 20 ft. They'll catch some wind!
    8. me likey. I just use the vinyl siding L channels around the windows but its a pain. Are those c-9's? My bulb of choice! I may make some of those this year. Great Job! and thanx for the pix, my mind doesn't wrap around directions but pix....
    10. I just got my garage cleaned so I can start Halloween, Christmas goes up after that but i have 2 extra rooms not being used to stage stuff in.
    11. Walmart in my area had some today. Just starting Christmas so just multis that I saw. 6.47 I think?
    12. I have to waite to rake the leaves for the back yard....and Halloween stuff to come down. This weekend I take inventory, been 2 years since last display so I'm lost. I have new inflatables to use so.... funny, cleaning garage kinda got me ramped up to go? .
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