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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.

Bob Steers

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About Bob Steers

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  • Birthday 05/23/1938

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    ofallon, Missouri, USA
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  1. thank you very much for the chart. I have a few of these but did not have a chart. Will come in handy net Christmas. Thanks Bob
  2. I just got my order from home depot. I ordered the female pugs.. they look great. Bob
  3. I use to have 3/4 acre and displayed 30,00 lights.a lot of cut outs mega tree before it was common place. We had buses with seniors come by and had tears in their eyes thanking us for making their Christmas for them. We gave out up to 2000 candy canes a night. We even gave out dog biscuts to the peoples puppies. It was tiring but it was great remembering the faces and the thank yous. We now have a small yard but we will fill it with christmas cheer this year..
  4. i built a santa house for my daughter and son in law to stand in to get out of the rain. i decorated it with lights and other decorations. They would use a little propane heater when it really got cold. It was about 3ft deep and 4ft wide. There is a picture on missoui state. I gave it to somepeople to use in their display
  5. very nice. good selection of music. where is st.charles? i live in st.charles mo
  6. The house is about 3ft deep by 4ft wide. It has been stored inside for the last few years. I bilt it so santa and mrs could stay out of the rain and snow. Bob 636-294-6009
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    I have a santa house i would like to give to someone who would use it. It is in union mo. Bob 636-294-6009
  8. Hello Scott, Came by your house last night and was shocked. I haven't been on Planet Christmas for ages. I see you are posting all the light shows, Great job. Bob Steers of Ofallon. Used to be in Maryland heights ---Midland and lendburg.

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