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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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  1. Well I could see how it could be that normally, but this was only on certain parts of the house. For example, the lights on the front of the house would cover the bricks, but not the roof, eves, doors, walkways or vegetation. There didn't appear to be any kind of projection. By all appearance, I think there were lights hung across the bricks of the houses.
  2. Well it wasn't just the trim of the houses, like the traditional decoration. This stuff was all over the sides of the house. Imagine a swarm of fireflies lighting up and landing on the sides of a house and just not turning off or blinking (and possibly being green, blue, red or another color.) I think my girlfriend got a few pictures of it and I'll try to post them (if you all allow it) later tonight. It's driving me bonkers and I'd love to surprise her with some. She's in love with them and wants some for next year.
  3. Ok, I do apologize if I just haven't found the right place to look on here. I'm very new to this forum (first post). I do thank you for any helpful input. I recently went to Interlochen in Arlington, TX for the Christmas neighborhood display they put on every year. While I was there, I found that some houses had their sides and fronts covered in dim, almost randomly spread out lights. They're soft lights, not bright. Subtle. They don't really look like the nets or anything you'd see on bushes or shrubs. I don't know how to explain it. I've never seen them before. To be fair I'm not very familiar with Christmas lights at all.. but I can't even seem to find a picture of them online. Could someone help me, please?
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