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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.

Mark Clements

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About Mark Clements

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  • Birthday 09/21/1963

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  • Location
    St Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Biography
    I am a 47 year old Electrician
  • Interests
    Christmas lights ,Great Danes,
  • Occupation
    Electrician Local ONE IBEW
  • About my display
    I put up about 30,000 lights with tons of wire frames and a tunnel of lights over my driveway

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  1. I found some old Christmas lights i am thinking from the 50's they are full size bulbs 25 watt as anyone ever seen these used on a house back in the day. I put them up on my carport they look great I wouldnt want to put up many with the power they take I put up thirty
  2. 100 strand Minis get shorter every year i build a tunnel over my driveway every year and the lengh of tunnel is the lengh of 100 mini .This year the ones from lowes are 23.9 feet, last year they were 25 feet i have some form walmart from 4 or 5 years ago that are 27.5 feet and i have some real old one from lowes in the flat boxes that are 32 feet when is it ever going to end makes it very hard to do my tunnel every year .
  3. I get very Limited traffic also, I have over 35,000 lights and 100 light sculptures . A lot of it is location and you being new to the area . I live on a dead end street I don't get a lot of traffic but the people and kids on my street love my display and always say ohhh you live at the Christmas light house . I used to get more traffic 10 years ago with less lights but I was a main drag . At times I wish I had a few more people look at my lights . but i would never want to get to big and have neighbor problems that some people have . I do my display for myself ,family and friends anybody else that enjoys it is just a bonus . hope you have a great Christmas and don't let it get you down people will come , just give them time but be careful what you wish for
  4. I just looked at the pic again I have the Santa and reindeer up on the roof bought hem on eBay but had them when i was a boy
  5. Nope I swear a lucky guess. I saw one of them before was 1971 and i thought this was a earlier I love old Christmas stuff.I wished i would have paid more atention in my youth .
  6. Wow very nice! love it! inside and out sounds like you live on a busy street I am sure you get a lot of traffic . Great job!!
  7. My stuff hung in pretty good i had one inflatable blow across my yard so I turned the rest of yesterday they are back up today
  8. A St Louis Girls Video went Viral on U tube
  9. Lokks great! very nice work love all your cutouts:)))
  10. I just got back from Harbor freight I bought two security camera's. I used two coupons one was the camera was 29.95 the other i used a 20% off and got it for 27.95 I put them both up and seem to work well. I will see tonight how the night vision works but you cant beat the price of 30 bucks it comes with 80 feet of cable very easy to hook up right now i am not recording them just have them on my tv by putter so i can keep and eye on my display.
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