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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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  1. I get them either at Wal-Mart or Target for around $.88 - $.99 for a strand of 100 like you mentioned right after Christmas.
  2. I have never done this but have thought of doing it also this year. Our local newspaper does a Lights Tour in the paper but it doesn't go in until the 2nd week of December. Let me know if you get more people.
  3. I counted all of mine last year and bought another 10,000 after christmas. I figured since I had to check all of the strands I my as well get a count.
  4. I have to confess also that Igo outside eveynight and just walk around and look at the lights. It's such a great feeling to see what you have accomplished.
  5. I do not have anything yet on the computer except for some regular pictures. I you have kids santa will be at the house passing out candy canes from 6-8 the 24th. Directions Take Chicago Dr. to 31 North. Follow 31 North to Quincy St. Make the Michigan turn. Make a right onto Quincy St. (West) you will go through 2 sets of Stop signs. At the third Stop sign make a right onto Butternut. Take Butternut North about a half mile. Your road will be the first road to yourLeft which is Ransom St. Take a Left on Ransom. Go about 2 miles. You will cross over 160th and Estate Dr.will be the first road on your left. Make a left onto Estate Dr. and take a left on the first road once on Estate Dr. It will be Red Pine Ct.
  6. Dwp49423, did your house make it in Sentinel for the Winkle and Glow article?
  7. Hey David I am also from Holland. Welcome to PC
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