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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 Joe4x4

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    • Birthday 01/14/1964

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Let there be lights
    • Location
      Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, USA
    • Biography
      New Jersey
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      NJ driver
    • About my display
      Starting back up
    1. I use a 10 foot x 4" black pvc pipe with about 7 froozen water "big" bottles layin inside the pipe. I can re-freeze them for the next night. The fog comes out low to the ground.
    2. It`s that time of the year, I thought this was pretty cool. Can you figure it out? I think I will be doing this for 2013 in the yard. Joe4x4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsL_JDtVbww
    3. just put some pic`s up on Photobucket Slide show http://s16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/joe4x4/Christmas%202010/?albumview=slideshow
    4. yea that is me on 5319 Reading I had things on a chase pattern,.. Last night was a so so show ,..tonight better . I want to do somethinng on the roof still. I have it (roof line) with red leds. I was thinking of doing a disco floor, B_Regal78 where are you at on Monroe twp ? Your display up ? I`m off tonight might be heading to Walmart in Williamstown later . Joe4x4
    5. No not my display ! Man I was out there last night ALL night till 4am with the floods on . I just can`t get done. I was trying to get the video going ,.. all kind of bugs ,..felt like putting foot into PC. There is a house on Ridge ,... street past Storybook Land make a right I drove by last week but the lights where off 10:05 pm. Ridge just past Mill ,...same area 1 block or 2 away is a house on Treamont I hve been told ,.. I have not had a chance to drive around trying to get mine up and running ,..Tonight is my first night with a so-so show . I`m still gonna work on it up till Ch
    6. I`m up and running and putting more stuff up. I`m think I`ll be at 75% by Friday . People like the video in the window,...thats a big hit so far. Let it snow and Charlie Brown http://www.christmasatthegoods.com/VideoCoop/ Mega tree is up and looking good. I`m usally putting stuff up till Christmas . Joe4x4
    7. Bobh002 That train is a WOW factor ,... where in Townsend Delaware . I`m not too fare away, my wife and I like doing road trips. Joe4x4
    8. I was at Walmart today ,.. picked up the only one that they had and it was my size XL . Cool shirt and only $ 6 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Big-Men-s-Christmas-Lighting-Engineer-Tee/14916826 Joe4x4
    9. Yes ,.."it depends" sounds like the right answer . NJ has 12 or so for residential and I looked,.... and at the moment Gateway has a "fixed rate" that is cheaper then the other Co. I wish I started looking at switching years ago when it was deregulated . Why I did not ? no answer . The thing is allot of NJ has not switched either? Why ? are we afraid of new things? it`s 1:30 and I`m rambling on . Joe4x4
    10. Ok I called Gateway Energy and got a plan for 6 months at .0999. It will go into effect in 2 weeks just before I turn on the Christmas Lights for the season. I`ll post the bill and compare for last year and see what the saving will be ,..I think it will over $50 . Joe4x4 p.s. I thought somebody would`ve chimmed in that they switched ? I`ll be the the test subject than
    11. On our last bill we used ................... 870 Kilowatt. The price to compare on the bill say`s ... 13.15 Delivery with all the charges ............. $ 44.35 Electric Supply Charges .................. $ 112.89 Total Electric Charges .................. $ 157.08 Supply "Atlantic City" charges 10.21 first 300 KWhs 14.01 next 350 KWhs 10.21 next 189 KWhs 14.98 next 31 KWhs
    12. Good or bad ,.. have you switched ? co-woker is getting into Verde energy NJ sales thing. I`ve been looking on line about "energy deregulation" . The thing is that I do not like is that it`s a variable rate , starting at .1075 kilowatt (supply part of bill) AC Electric NJ is fixed at .1375 Yes it`s a saving at first but the "variable" per month . No contract ,No sign up, No fees if you drop them and switch. Looking for feed back from anyone that has switched . Thanks Joe4x4
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