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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 Chris

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  • Birthday 10/02/1961

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    Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA
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    Anything you want to know, just ask.
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    Christmas decorating
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  • About my display
    It has lights!

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  1. That could work for me. I'll watch the schedule at work and try to make adjustments.
  2. Heres a link to the article...http://www.suntimes.com/lifestyles/2684848,CST-NWS-xmas09web.article
  3. 11700 Norway St. NW Coon Rapids, MN 55448-2361 Public, It's been in the papers for several years.
  4. I've been animated the last two years. I just decided not to do it this year.
  5. My display this year is all static. No stress of sequencing or what cords plug into what channels
  6. Nov. 1st works for me.
  7. The 31st is out for me. I'm working a booth at the Anoka Parade.
  8. Saturday the 24th works for me. I could be on your doorstep around 12:10. I work until noon.
  9. I don't have any plans for this. I just draw it up one night after measuring the room.
  10. That was the first design flaw I encountered. I need to cut down one set of boxes to make them nest together. The other set already nests pretty well. Both sets will need to go in the Blowmold shed. I'm not sure how that's going to work out yet.
  11. The bottom row is 12 inches wide, the next two are 10 inches and the top is 8 inches.
  12. I built new tables for my Mother this year for her village. She couldn't wait to set it up. Here are a few pics.
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