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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 laura_s

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  • Birthday 07/04/1980

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  • Location
    countryside, Illinois, USA
  • Biography
    i just love christmas all the lights and the time with family
  • Interests
    christmas lights and family
  • Occupation
    mom/student/ forensic pathology
  • About my display
    my display is smaller compared to everyone else im not computerized anymore and i have just over 100k lights

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  1. Hey guys been awhile since i been posting but im always around checking things out!! My question is do any of you guys suffer from seasonal depression? When i say this i guess im not talking the actual clinical depression but then again maybe Iam..heres my thing I hate hate dark and gloomy days Its honestly hard for me to even get out of bed.I live in chicago and seems that we have 8 months of not so nice days here..every single year january till about may im just in a funk, christmas ended, and not much to look forward to and were stuck in the house..come june im happy as can be because its summer and we can be outside and all the sunshine just perks me up like a flower, about aug i get the christmas ITCH..christmas starts clogging up my pandora, im stalking the shelfs at hobby lobby like its my job to take there inventory lol..im so happy and excited for christmas and all is well then come dec 26th im back in to sad gloomy mode..So am I suffering from seasonal depression or am i just a normal christmas freak and others out here can relate to me...
  2. the weather here in chicago has been so mild we were able to start and finish our roof. this last weekend we are now working on window frames and hope to have it all done by this week when the weather is going to turn for the worse!
  3. do you think it is to early to put out my halloween display and light it up? im in Chicago and our weather is never perdictable its a nice day out today.
  4. a new garden ridge opened up in the chicago area..i have not seen them for the holidays yet do they have nice stuff? how are their lights?
  5. hi guys i been on PC for years now and havent posted as much due to work and life buttt...im here now and welcome to all the new members!! im live in LaGrange Il right outside chicago. cant wait for the 2011 season!!
  6. hey guys i would also be interested! im looking to repalce all my non LED for next year..
  7. today im starting my halloween lights and from here on out i slowly add in christmas stuff like the arches and things. The day after halloween i take all the halloween down and start all my christmas stuff. i like to start early as i can here in chicago because it gets so cold here and i just cant play in the cold like i used to lol..
  8. aww man i missed it this year!!! i didnt think it would be going up so early...aww merry christmas everyone ...
  9. so i now have the iphone and i love this phone!!! i searched christmas and i found some cool aps. i got a free countdown to christmas my kids love it..i then found christmas music app. i also have tunewiki which both are free and they got great christmas music streaming..i love big r radio xmas chanels..anyways just wanted to pass it along to any iphone users..
  10. Hi Laura, Sorry it has taken some time, but I do have video of my display. Just go to www.youtube.com and search for Kohnen Christmas. There are three videos out there. I was getting ready to update them because I changed somethings in the Sequences, but the major storms hit this weekend when I was out of town and my display was trashed.. :(

  11. im glad i did the card list all cards are stamped and sent off ty for hosting it again!!
  12. wow you said these are your find from this year! thats a lot of blow mold how many do you have in total?
  13. wow that looks great! i would love to get a huge inflateable like that!! im still trying to contain all my blow mold lol no room for inflateable now
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