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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 HiramDawg

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    • Birthday 11/15/1976

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Don't know.
    • Location
      Euharlee, Georgia, USA
    • Biography
      I am 42 yrs. old and have been decorating for CHRISTmas heavily since 2009.
    • Interests
      God, family, church, Georgia Bulldogs football!! Go Dawgs and of course LIGHTS!!!!
    • Occupation
      Warehouse worker
    • About my display
      We decorate at a local Christmas charity that benefits needy children for Christmas. It's called www.Euharleefestivaloftrees.com If your ever near Cartersville or Euharlee GA during the season, stop by and check it out!

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    1. I bought this star from the website, however it does not come (plug and play). Although they do supply the parts to make the plug ins for it. There are no instructions of any kind as far as how to do this. Anyone have this star or know how to wire the star up? Thanks, Shane
    2. I'm looking for someone who has this sequence to share. Lights only (no pixels) Thanks, Shane
    3. Anyone have this done and willing to share? Thanks, Shane
    4. Looking for Martina McBride "Hark the Hearald" if anyone has it and is willing to share, please let me know. Thanks, Shane
    5. Wow! nobody has these lights? That's crazy! Found a few people selling in the forums but there all gone
    6. Hi Chuck, I wasn't sure where to put this on the site so I thought I would just shoot you a message.

      I noticed under the DIY forums there is no section for Spiral Poles. Any chance we could get one added? I know your are swamped right now with the site transition so I'm not looking for a reply tomorrow or anything! :)

      Thanks, Shane

    7. If anyone has any of these and your local to Hiram, please let me know. I tried getting them after Christmas but no such luck. I thought that was odd as these are usually the last to go! I'm looking to get my hands on 32 boxes. Thanks, Shane
    8. I went to Rite Aid by me when they where 75% off. I offered them $0.50 a box and I would take everything and they said they could not do that. They did tell me if I came back the following Sunday they would be 90% off which would make the $0.24 a box! I went back on Sunday.....................ALL GONE!!!!!!
    9. A LONG time ago I stumbled across a website (or maybe it was on here somewhere) showing you how to do several different patterns when sequencing your mega tree. Anyone know where I can find such information?
    10. So the wife and I are having a debate over how long our show songs should be. She says no more than a 1 to 1 1/2 minutes. Her resoning is people get bored listening to the same song for more than this time frame and want as many songs as possible in a short amount of time. I would say more like 2 to 2 1/2 minutes. I hate cutting a song short. Most the time you can tell there is supposed to be more to it and I would perfer to give them more of the song. Your thoughts???
    11. The David Phelps version is to modern for my liking.
    12. Sorry Cliff, but I would perfer the Southeast Mini although I would definitely attend the GA mini if we had one.
    13. Think I'm gonna go with Amy Grant. Now to find someone who has the sequence???
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