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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.

dchackert

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About dchackert

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Being told others enjoy my lights
  • Location
    Terre Haute, IN
  • Biography
    young kid still learning to get bigger and better light display
  • Interests
    christmas lights
  • Occupation
    manager
  • About my display
    2,000 lights last year. have 15,000 available to use this year

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  1. Welcome. Looks great. I never thought to use the little kids play house in my display. We've got one on our back yard. 2020 goals. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    Congrats Jerry. Always nice getting free advertising for the setup. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  3. Bought my first 250ft this year. I'm hooked! Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  4. Anyone have an idea how to fix the nose on these? Thinking about getting them. They want $70 and Minnie has a big crack in her back. Wife really wants this set but of course there's nothing in my area and minimum online with shipping is over $200. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  5. Finally hit 20k this year. I have probably 4k inside with trees, leg lamp and village. I'll get the backside of the house tomorrow. Goal for next year is 25k. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  6. Good old binder clips. People laugh when I tell them that's what I use on the roof lights. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  7. I flubbed on black friday. Lowes had LED lights something like 80% and some how missed it when I checked their ad. We only have Menards and Lowes here. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  8. Any great Cyber Monday deals that anyone has come across for our addiction? Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  9. Haha when I had two outlets pop the GFCI i could just hear you screaming DI Electric grease. I never had issues until this year. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  10. I sadly have to go get some connections off the ground. Popping GFCI left and right since Thursday. It's pretty much rained non stop here in IN. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  11. Love it. How do you hang them on the house for the candy cane effect? Thought about maybe doing that too one year. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  12. I'll have to look tomorrow but I'm sure I've got that same one too Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  13. Had my yearly Clark Griswold moment this weekend. My main outlet out front I use wasnt working. Thought I popped a breaker. Nope. Reset the GFCI...nope. brought out my voltage tester. Had power on the line in for a while. Tested again no power at all. I was putting my leg lamp up a day later and it hit me. That outlet is controlled by a switch by the front door. Found out my 4 year old son had been flipping the switches. Needless to say that switch now has a piece of tape on it. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  14. We live kind of far out and on a dead end so sadly dont get much traffic. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  15. Looks good! My new place roof is very steep so not sure if I'll be able to do more than just the ridges. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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