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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.

    Robert Cox

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    About Robert Cox

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    • Birthday 08/26/1981

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    • Location
      pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    • Biography
      Christmas crazy and family oriented. I am married to the master of LOR sequencing and have 2 wonderful daughters
    • Interests
      christmas, christmas, and christmas
    • Occupation
      Copier Tech
    • About my display
      For 2009
      260,000 lights
      128 lor channels
      200 + blowmolds

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    1. lifesize nativity, schoolhouse and others pittsburgh http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/for/2924054163.html
    2. Tom, Great having you out. I might have to see what else i have hiding under there. And i am sad to announce i think this the end of steel city christmas. just got word yesterday that i need back surgery again. I had surgery last june to repair a severely herniated disc and was pain free up until about 4 months ago. Right now, as Tom can tell ya, i am having a hard time walking and have a bad limp. I am trying to make the difficult decision to part with about 90% of what i have. I think i need to make a lifestyle change to protect my back from any further damage and removing t
    3. last year we had 265,000. we have a few ideas for next year bob
    4. The local news came out and did a short story last night. Thought i would share http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/video/26154625/detail.html bob
    5. thanks everyone. here are some daytime pics for everyone to enjoy bob
    6. didnt you buy enough when you were here? lol are you gonna stop out this year? you will have to let me know
    7. all the candy canes and lolipops were sold except 2. they all went to local pc memebers. no more candy man ;( but i can still be the light man bob
    8. Roger, It has been a tough year, nut i am definitely happy to see some lights on the house again bob
    9. I was able to get the display up and got just a few molds out there this year. Not a bad summer. was able to replace mickey,minnie,tigger. also found the 3 stooges and 2 lifesize empire peeps with original boxes bob http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-523194
    10. Robert Cox

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      I put a piece of rebar into the ground and slide the mold right over top of it. Havent had one fall over yet with this method. I dont like using wire to tie them to a stake because the mold will rub on the wire and scratch up the paint. bob
    11. just wanted to share some more publicity we got after last years crazy display. last year they came to our house to shoot some pictures and do a story. It is in this months issue of redbook magazine. Also featured is PC member cuonebay (hallum's house of lights) here is the link to check it out online http://www.redbookmag.com/recipes-home/tips-advice/christmas-lights-photo-gallery[url="http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.redbookmag.com%2Frecipes-home%2Ftips-advice%2Fchristmas-lights-photo-gallery%3Fclick%3Dmain_sr&h=7b9be"]
    12. i know what you mean. we started at 10:00 am and didnt come in until 10 pm yesterday bob
    13. And why haven't we seen the pics yet?
    14. Jim, I dont know if you can still call me the candy man. i only have 2 lolipops left after the great blowmold sell off earlier this year.
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