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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.

chuck myers

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About chuck myers

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    Mohawk, New York, USA
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    cars,vintage snowmobiles, Halloween, Christmas decorating
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    CIA }:O)
  1. Great Job Andy! :waycool: I just brought my guys in, heavy rain and 40mph winds!:shock:
  2. I drilled the hole just large enough to cover the gap where the bulb goes into the socket to try to keep water out. They are going on there 3rd year.
  3. I border my Easter disply with 140 ct. chaser string with those lil plastic easter eggs over each light. Was fun drilling lil holes into each so they would snap over the bulbs but the lil kids like to chase the eggs back and forth back and forth.:laughing: I use about 8 inflatables too.
  4. Did you use rope light on those arches Marilyn? They look great!
  5. here is a pic of last years Mega. I figured around 16 1/2 ft. with the star. I have new pix of both Mega(s)frm this year but I'm still tryin to figure out the new digital camera download.
  6. I actually had 3 out of 4 of my globes in my lower driveway this year under my arch. Looked great, bad thing was the eves of our house dripped right on them. None of them fogged but they had lots of c-9's above them. The only time I had my carousel fog was when I let it down but about a day running with a 100 watt flood on it it was ok. Same goes for the new Santa's Emporium, worked great but all went 24/7. I guess if you can't leave it up it may be more problems for you than it's worth. Once you let them down there a lot of work. I actually never got my Rudolph globe up this year, the only one I didn't use. Doh! :{
  7. My brother and I went to the other Kmart and I ended up with one of the snowmen light shows. Hit the mother load of 100 ct. clears at target too. I luv after Christmas sales!
  8. Thanky! Just got 5 more inflatables, icy Mickey and some more red/white C-9's. i know but electric is kinda cheap on my side of the canal. :laughing:
  9. I'm still in pain from taking them down. It's kinda spooky dark outside now.:shock: All I have left is my back yard Mega tree wich is still on. I got a new camera for Christmas so I was out there taking pix for 3 days playing. Already have plans for next year, now just to get it all packed neatly in my garage.
  10. My brother bought some blue I think from HomeDepot or Lowes', about 1/3 of them looked purple the others light blue. Same store and pallett and they are different. He noticed after he put them up. They still looked good but he was a lil less than impressed.
  11. 3700 red minis 2500 blue minis 3800 green minis Santa's workshop inflatable Beach bum santa inflatable Spinning 10' archway infltable Hot cocoa stand inflatable I hope to go get more this week if my check comes, maybe it's better it didn't:laughing: I hope to get some LED rope light when the after Christmas sales start. I was adding up amperage and I'm getting up there with my previous lights and inflatables and the new stuff. :shock:
  12. I went to Walmart before work.....think I broke a rib. i already bought about 7500 minis but wanted some rope light. Went to grab some to price check and got sandwiched between two ladies carts. i felt like an air bg as they rammed there carts into my ribs repeated times. A loud HEY! seemed to worked long enough for my escape. :laughing:crazy peole but I'm goin back at 2 am to get more solid colors. 2500 of each red,green and blue arent enough. :shock:
  13. Went looking for LED's...none to be had. I ended up with 4000 each of red/blue and green minis. They had a lot of golds, how do these look? I may go back and get a few cases at 75% off if there are any left. ;)Luckily me niece can carry her weight in lights. I never remember a cart, it's like bad luck. I think they had 1 inflatable left but all he good stuff was pretty much cleaned out. :shock:
  14. I have a lot of inflatabes in my display. Most older people ask me if I "blow those all up yourself?" like they are Balloons. I'm a big guy and full of a lot of hot air but not that much. :laughing:
  15. The car doesn't have any lights on it! :laughing: Looking good Chuck, nice job!
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