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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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Rynelson last won the day on January 28 2016

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About Rynelson

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  • Birthday 04/07/1998

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    Ryan Nelson

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Going to see "The Way of Lights" every year in Belleville, IL
  • Location
    Collinsville, IL
  • Biography
    Love Christmas
  • Interests
    Volleyball, Duct tape, Decorating for Holidays
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    26,000 lights and counting!

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  1. Would you mind helping direct me as well because I have always bought my songs through amazon but have no idea where to get the hallelujah soundtrack? Thanks in advance, Ryan
  2. I have these old wireframe reindeer that need new lights and so I will need a bunch of the new clips that hold them to the frame. Does anyone know a good place to buy them? Below these are the reindeer I am talking about.
  3. Nice Score! I would take a few good pictures and then paint the Santa white and then you could project the former image onto the plywood and trace the lines where the colors change.
  4. Classic ole Red/White/Green for LOR. The colors on the other half of my static display are random depending on the land theme.
  5. How many strings of 50 bulbs did you use on each deer?
  6. I have a bunch of wire frame deer too and the lights still work with the occasional fail and fix with the light keeper. I am planning to replace them with LED in the future because they use so much power! I however want to do it on a budget and wondered about the Walmart lights. Do you have any pictures of your deer?
  7. Hey BJ, I am doing arches for my aunt and uncle this year and their driveway is three cars wide like yours. How many 10' pvc pipe lengths did it take you to get across the driveway?
  8. Hey BJ, I am doing arches for my aunt and uncle this year and their driveway is three cars wide like yours. How many 10' pvc pipe lengths did it take you to get across the driveway?
  9. I'd stop and tell her that the decorations would be going to a good home where many people will enjoy seeing them.
  10. I saw your display a few weeks ago and it was great!!! I really liked your new mega tree with the rgb strips and the gingerbread house! Was the gingerbread house a diy? Because I am thinking about making a 2D one for my display next year.
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