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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.

    Paul / Shadow

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    1. Thats what they do here. They call and come by and check the area out for their tours.
    2. Still working on it. Just had the first Bus by, 5 limos last night.
    3. When it gets going we will have 10-15 limos, 2-3 buses, 6-8 trolleys on weekend Christmas light tours Large vehicals.
    4. Second Night up and Limos are in and around, they take a lot of area to get around and some folks don't care for the traffic we cause.
    5. Last year I was out in the yard talking, a Father and his Daughter stopped in front and he was telling her the Christmas Story and about how Jesus was born in a manger, it made my nativity so worth all of that for one child to hear the Christmas story. Plan on having it for that one more to ask Daddy about it so he can tell the story.
    6. Getting there but a long way to go. Got the Carosel out today did test run tonight.Have had 4 folks stop and they all like the nativity.
    7. Ok today I started to put my rope lights up and every plastic clip broke when I tried to clip it in, went to Ace, Lowes and nobody has rope light clips. Rhere has to be a better way to mount rope light other then the junk clips you have to replace every year. HELP.
    8. Pretty pleased with the way it turned out. kind of hard to see, the lanterns on either side have the 7watt flicker bulbs so it looks like they are burning.
    9. Got My Nativity going today, Sunday Icicle/ropes go up, then try to get the Carosel out of the garage. The post with the banner changes colors, and I Love my new Star with the CFL, it glows. Have to finish my PVC Shepard also.
    10. I sold some a while back, boxed it was going to be 30.00, bubble wrap/shink wrap on USPS 13.00 and was there in 4-5 days.
    11. Got all my posts in around the edge of the lawn and christmas flag poles on the corners. worked on the carosel tonight, almost done with it, got to get it outside now.
    12. The ground is so dry took 2.5 hrs to dig a 3" hole 2' deep to put lamp post 1 in, SLOW.
    13. Got to get some bails oh hay to go around and in the stable now. Got the conduit for the new blow mold Star to go over head and cut the back wall for the video screen.
    14. Might look at these. Can get them from a lot of places
    15. I am using Red Coro around the top of my carosel, is there some type of plastic connecter joint to put two together?
    16. Got started on My Stable today, hope to get the roof on towmarrow. Will have bales of hay around the base stacked two high, building a Shepheard out of PVC got the head today for him to go with my 3 blow mold sheep, will keep making another person every year. And will have my Blow Mold Star above the stable. Got the top on the carasel My Coroplast came in friday will get it monday to go around the top. HAVING TONSSSS OF FUN
    17. Was in Home Depot today and they had green LEDs here in Tulsa.
    18. I took some 1/2" conduit cut in 24" lengths and drove them most of the way into the ground, left about 8" showing. It did great and we had wind here last year only came down 1 time.
    19. Last year Garden Ridge had a bigger one also, dont know about this year
    20. And really didn't have any wind issues as big as he is
    21. I got last years 16' santa from Lowes and every one loved it, had hime in the back yard, we decarate front and back
    22. I ran into that last year, found some at an ACE westlakes and they got more from other stores.
    23. No lights but got the top on My carosel today, need to start on the stable for my nativity, going to put it on wheels so I can roll it out when ready.
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