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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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    About SlashDude

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    • Birthday 06/06/1974

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    • Location
      Apple Valley, Minnesota
    • Biography
      I put up lights as a kid, but 2007 was the first year we decorated our house. In 2008 we added LoR animation.
    • Interests
      My kids, computers / technical stuff, RC helicopters
    • Occupation
      System Engineer (Computer / network stuff)
    • About my display
    1. Did anyone end up helping out Burnsville High School? It's getting close... I still need to complete fixing my mini trees for the Apple Valley party. (The snow "Slid" down the small hill they were on during the winter, and really bent them up / broke the welds.)
    2. I hosted the fall MN mini last year, and I would be willing to host one again in the this year. (But I've got too much going on this spring / early summer to host anything until late summer / fall - Hopefully earlier so we don't run into setup like last year ) -Mark
    3. I added over 1,200 feet of comm cable to my display last year. With all the different lingths, I went with the make it myself. If you are going to make your own, be sure to get a cable tester to make sure the cable works...
    4. ...I did Apple Valley last year. (For people not from the Twin Cities, Burnsville is a city next to Apple Valley.) I told them that if the partys were on different days I would consider it. It happens that they are both on the same day this year, and I have to go with the school that my kids will go to some day
    5. I would (they also asked me), but I'm already booked on the night of their party.. I would be interested in what song they picked out
    6. The melting snow is pulling over the stuff in the yard... The mini trees are at weird angles, the twig trees are halfway to the road, and the candy canes are goign in all different directions. I cheated last night and had 11 cords running out the side door to keep things running. I'm not sure if I can even take much down until it melts. Hopefully nothing get too damaged. Here's to a better 2011!!! Hope you all have a happy new year! -Mark
    7. After a weekend of snow blowing, the tire on our snow blower came off the rim. The redneck in me always wanted to try the WD-40 fix to get the tire to rebead... It didn't work (But I finally found something that did ) Check out my fail, and then I finally got it to work! -
    8. I like the drift rings around stuff in your pictures! Hopefully they get you plowed out soon!
    9. I like to think that some of our candy canes are now mini-arches! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=464846812075&set=a.159746497075.116814.159730967075
    10. No, I try to stay out of the display once it snows... I think it looks better without footprints in it. It also works for security - People don't want to make new footprints, and it helps validate when the cute fuzzy bunnies attack! If I do anything, I'll attack the mound that the snow plow makes.
    11. I've given up even trying to fix stuff the goes out. :/ I've lost parts on a few strings in the new mega tree, and with it being on a small hill, I don't even want to think about trying to get the ladder setup in the snow... The priority right now is to keep the snow plow bank down so people can see over it
    12. We received a note during our first animated year that our lights were going to cause seizures…
    13. Thanks! It does look like this years, and I am on it! (I think was just a list last year without the map.)
    14. I must be blind, I don't see it on their web site yet.
    15. I tried a test run when I got home, and the outlets sounded like pop-corn I can "cheat" if 3 or 4 pop, but 7 are too many to run cords from inside...
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