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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. For many years I have used arches to outline our yard. I use 1/2 PVC and wrap them with only 1 string of 100 count lights. I also place them at 8 ft wide.
    2. yeah, I was only able to buy one box ($3.20) and my wife bought one as well. I guess saturday the whole family will be shopping!
    3. I just found a 40% off coupon and that would make.them a pretty good deal!
    4. I wasnt able to buy as many lights as I needed at the end of last season. Now I could use more lights (who couldn't?). I usually wait until Wal-mart puts their lights out but I am curious, is there somewhere we can buy them this time of year for about the same price as Wal-Mart? Thank you! Jim
    5. This year I am adding a life size nativity display from Winfield. I would like to add a short story of Jesus birth. Does anyone have or know where I can get an audio file for this? I have used the one from Charlie Brown in the past but now I am looking for something a little diffrent. Thanks! Jim
    6. Thanks Brad, I am moving forward in trying to find help. Hopefully I will be able to find a group of people to help.
    7. For a few months now I have been discussing the possibility of bringing pack to Lincoln a drive through Christmas Light park. I am still waiting to visit with the Mayor and get the cities approval but they seem very positive about the idea. The goal is to build from what the Boy Scouts had started but with almost all new displays and a few more things. This would be more of a community event versus a fund raiser for the Boy Scouts like in the past. I am looking for people to help me organize this event. I have been to Lincoln Electric, the Journal Star, Channel 10/11, 3 eagles communication
    8. My wife and I are meeting next week with the Boy Scouts to reorganize a drive thru Christmas display. They had been doing it for years and stopped in 2004. http://www.cornhuskercouncil.org/lincolnlights/sounds.asp Now we are meeting to get it going again. Has anyone done this before? Would you be willing to share your ideas with us? Thanks Jim
    9. Prime before you trace and cut out? Perhaps I am doing it wrong? I wait until I have everything cut out and then I prime and paint. Jim
    10. here are a few pictures of our mini arches. We used a 100 count light string and used three colors on each. Next year we want to try 2 channels on each but we shall see since I don't want to add anymore channels (for me 88 is plenty). We used pvc and I had some steel rods welded together that I put into the ground about 8 feet apart. THis year I had to add guide wires on them to keep them straight (we moved to a WINDY area! Jim http://picasaweb.google.com/jimboaverill/2008ChristmasHouseLights
    11. My wife called me at work and told me the news crew was out front filming our entire show! I did see two spots of the show on TV but that was it. It did increase the traffic tons! Check out the video at http://www.klkntv.com/global/video/popup/pop_playerLaunch.asp?clipId1=3273445&at1=News&vt1=v&h1=Impressive+Holiday+Light+Display+In+Lincoln&d1=64500&redirUrl=www.klkntv.com&activePane=info&LaunchPageAdTag=homepage&clipFormat=flv
    12. Menards has them for .99 cents and a mail in rebate that makes them FREE!!!
    13. Hi Javerill... I have added your name to my Friend list. Bob

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