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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.

Dan & Hope Pyle

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Like many people of my generation, my favorite story does not center around one event. Instead my memory is flooded with the consistency of the observance of this Holiday over the years of my youth. My family always attended the church program on christmas eve. We watched and participated as the youth of our church recited the stories regarding the birth of Jesus. We sang the traditional Chirstmas songs and we were handed bags of fruit and candy from the elders as we exited the church.
    From church, we went directly to my grandmother's house. Where we enjoyed the evening with my aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters, bothers, grandparents. Hot ham sandwichs, potato salad, baked beans, cookies and pie were the traditional feast. And Hot chocalate served in Santa Mugs made it official, Chirstmas Day was almost here, and Santa was on his way.
    After exchanging a few presents, it was to our house. Just a few blocks, but the houses along the way home were ablaze in christmas lights. Very few figuries, wire frames, blow molds were present. But most houses had a few strings of light strung around their porch or window frames.
    Finally into bed and then the wait for Christmas morning and the discovery that Santa had arrived sometime during the previous night.
    Yes, I can safely say, it was never a single event, it was all the traditional events that make the holiday very special.
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    Solon, Iowa
  • Biography
    We have a modern family. My wife works on progamming the LOR software, I work in the yard and install/construct the actual lighting and wiring stage.
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    college sports, music
  • Occupation
    construction design, project manager
  • About my display
    A mix of blow molds, wire frames, light strings. 128 LOR channels. 7 large light figures that take turns lip synching 14 christmas songs.
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