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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.

hawgfan

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About hawgfan

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Not much of a story, but this year I finally saw it snow on Christmas day, first time ever it had been 86 years since the last time it happened here in Arkansas
  • Location
    Lowell, Ar
  • Biography
    very boring, I just work all the time
  • Interests
    watching sports on tv
  • Occupation
    transportation
  • About my display
    just a simple static display, for now

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  1. hawgfan

    Mega Tree

    Well I'm not in the city limits so I will only have to check with the Elec. co. and I won't be makeing any holes in the pole so maybe they will be ok with it, I'm not going high enough to be near the power line which is the very top line, and a .22 will take care of that light til after the holiday then they can bring a new bulb, lol
  2. hawgfan

    Mega Tree

    I will be using a wood telephone pole for my first mega tree with 16 channels available this year, unless I can get a 4th controller. Has anyone else ever done this or have any good ideas if I had too I could maybe borrow another 4 channels from another controller.
  3. Could you send me the same, this will be my first year and I have 3 controllers to work with but I am hoping to just use 16 ch for the tree if possible and I am using a 30 or 40 foot telephone pole so I'll have to figure out some way to attach the strings, Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. [email protected]
  4. It might not organize them very good but how about a garden hose reel, it would hold alot
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