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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 Giga

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    • Birthday 01/02/1969

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      I love any holiday I can put lights up lol.
    • Location
      Hubbardston, MA
    • Biography
      44 gent - father of 6.
    • Interests
      Music-Holiday decorating.
    • Occupation
      911 Dispatcher- Dad
    • About my display
      16ch LOR with roughly 500 lights. 1st year so away we go.

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    1. Well I was at Big Lots in Gardner MA yesterday and to my surprise they still had some LED lights left. Freshly marked down to 75% off. So like a good decoration NUT I bought them all LOL. 50 sets or varying types. I am going to convert my whole display to LED and triple the size.
    2. Cool TY for the tip. Someone also told me craigslist. Especially after Christmas. Some people don't like to store the stuff they have.
    3. Well ty all. Just a start I think. I have been bitten BIG time lol
    4. TY all- I am an avid Flea marketer so I now have a mission for the summer lol.
    5. Hello all. This is my 1st year doing what I would call extreme decorating. I have roughly 5000 lights. A 16ch Light O Rama box- various home made props and 6 inflatables. Mater is the latest addition. Here is what I have so far. I want to get a HUGE Grinch and or Bumble for next year.
    6. Hello all. This is my 1st year doing what I would call extreme decorating. I have roughly 5000 lights. A 16ch Light O Rama box- various blow ups and these babies. I have procured 16 as of now. Hope to double that number for next year. Hear is what
    7. Fantasticccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc. I am so going to rip that idea off lol
    8. Narrow sheets of plywood. 1X3 or 4 scrap pine and cut up an old spare tire. Attach the 1X4 to the plywood leaving a gap of say 2 or 3". Lay your cable into the space and screw the tire pieces down on the 1X4's. I did this years ago for another project. Worked great. I think putting a notch down a 2X4 and securing each end might work as well.
    9. Looks GREATTTT. I am going to do the same idea but a Santa's work shop. I have a local place that makes pallets. They give away all of the broken or miss sized stuff. UNLIMITED supplies lol.
    10. That is FANTASTIC. Love the play house GREAT touch.
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