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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 Leglamp

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  • Birthday 08/07/1968

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A Christmas Carol
  • Location
    Cottleville, Weldon Spring MO
  • Biography
    Technical Writer
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    Anything Christmas (or Halloween), Genealogy, History
  • Occupation
    Technical Writer
  • About my display
    Just about everything in my display was bought at garage sales or from ads on craigslist. Christmas 2012 I synchronized my lights to music for the first time using renard ss24 boards from DIYC and software from Vixen. I also built my first mega tree in 2012.

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  1. Just a reminder the TransWorld's Christmas Show is coming to St. Louis March 21-24, 2019. If anyone is interested, tickets are still available. It is being held at the America’s Center in downtown St Louis on March 21-24th. Tickets are pricey though at $60 per person. The price is an early bird special. On March 18, the price goes up to $75 a ticket. But the show is a 4 day event and it is being held with the Halloween show. So both shows for one price! According to my contact at the show, there will be lots of free parties, mixers, demos, early bird seminars that are all included each day. The show floor is over 400,000 sq ft with 370 vendors and over 13,000 attendees. Go to Christmas one day and Halloween the next 😊 For more info about the events click on the links below. https://www.transworldchristmasshow.com/ https://www.haashow.com/ Thanks Adam P.S. There is an age restriction, no one under 16 allowed.
  2. This year I dedicated my Christmas light display to my grandpa. He was a WWII vet and passed away in September. As a final salute to his memory and to all members of the US military I put God Bless the USA at the end of the show. Techno Amazing Grace, Winter Wonderland, Techno Jingle Bells, Christmas with a Capital C, Disco Noel, and God Bless the USA. Also a very big THANK YOU to Bill Morton at Morton Video Production for filming this light show on very short notice. Merry Christmas everyone.
  3. Song List; Techno Amazing Grace Techno Winter Wonderland Techno Jingle Bells Speak no Americano (from Just Dance 4) Disco Santa Wonderful World
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