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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.

    Christmas Carl

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    About Christmas Carl

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    • Birthday 10/16/1974

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Atari for Christmas from my Mamaw and Papaw ( I mean Santa) and A Gijoe Hovercraft from My Mom & Dad ( I mean Santa!)
      And of course above all else, Jesus's Birth!
    • Location
      Port Saint Lucie, Florida
    • Biography
      Iam a father, Husband and Artist. I love Lights, Skateboarding, Animation, I love being creative!
    • Interests
      Skateboarding, Videogames, Lifting Weights, Art Wrestling my sonny daughter! Just creating cool Halloween and Christmas projects!
    • Occupation
      2D Art Teacher
    • About my display
      Not to big only 24 Channels ( 8 LOR and 16 LOR)but I make her look good, always try to include Jesus in the scene and make my own song mixes. Like the Grinch, and I like lights. Only about 5-7 thousand lights give or take LOL!.

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    1. Really want to go to Expo this year. Daytona isn't too far from me. Anybody else from Florida going?😀
    2. Like the village setup. I would like to do something like this on top of some pillars inside my house, the trouble is the turning around on both ends. This looks nice though, very cool! Happy New Year!
    3. Love this stuff man. I did plywood cut outs with my dad, so they have a special place in my heart! Like the vintage ones too! Very cool!
    4. I started last week with 4 arches over my entrance sidewalk. It was a little easier this year because my LOR box was ready to go for Halloween, so My computer was up an running LOR in October. Do you guys tend to change your displays? I have yet to do things more than 2. Each year that I do this I kind of change it. The sidewalk arches are new to our display.
    5. Thanks for the follow, just followed you back. 

    6. Happy Thanksgiving! Its a little early but i thought I would say it. Found some thanksgiving related blow molds.


    7. how do you hang lights in a big tree?

    8. Looking For Johnathan from Louisiana, meet him at the christmas expo...you out there buddy??

    9. Trying to think of a good display design for my house this year. I have 3 new cosmic ribbion "like" strands. I think I'll put them on the peaks.

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