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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.
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Jolly Snow Man

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About Jolly Snow Man

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    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
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    Art, Writing, TV,Web Design, Paranormal, Horror, Halloween, Haunted Houses, Christmas and more
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  1. I use indoor extension cords and have never had a single problem with them. Plus they are much easier to find.
  2. Generally I take down my display when other big displays in the neighborhood take down there's and that's usually between Jan 6th - 8th. I think taking a display down right after Christmas is too early, but after New Years or sometime in Janurary seems appropriate.
  3. There is a hole in the top of my snow globe and some of the balls came out of it. I was wondering where I can buy some of those mini foam balls so more snow is blowing around and so I can replace some of the snow that came out of the globe.
  4. Well, I plan to have some of my display syncronized to music next year. I will need to buy around 5 medium trees, build some more arches, cover the roof with a large message, buy some blowmold toy soldiers to line the driveway and much more. I will also need to buy an FM transmitter and LOR. I plan on buying a christmas tree to be used in the garage where the neighborhood could decorate it. It would be the neighborhood tree. I have lots of plans.
  5. I use plastic grochery bags. I wrap the power strips with 2 bags eachand it seems to work unless it's really pouring down rain.
  6. My display is static in the sense that it isn't syncronized to music, but I have many animated things in the yard, on the houseand windows that are animated.
  7. Yeah, I've entered contests before and haven't won. I think most judges look for simpiler displays with less things in the yard and more lights on the house. I've seen pictures of my competition and I'm still confused as to why I haven't won.
  8. There are only a couple houses that decorate a lot in my neighborhood, but compared to my house they have a small display. More people on my street have decorated this year, but never seem to have all there lights on.
  9. The main problem I see with a lot of computerized displays is that there really aren't that many things in the yard. It's mostly lights on the house and bushes, some trees and deer. There's not much variety like you have with a static display. It's cool to watch the display, but there really isn't much in the yard.
  10. Yeah, I posted about this the other day. This house is 20 minutes from where I live in Ohio. Finally this guy can rest and not worry about having his yard vandalized.
  11. Well, the suspects have been arrested. http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/view_topic.php?id=11374&forum_id=13&jump_to=106302#p106302
  12. Where are they located in Ohio? Do you have a link for the display?
  13. Even though my display isn't computerized I still work on it. I'll get new things thatI like and add it to the display. Christmas night is your night to shine with your display so I keep adding things every week. If you add to your display all the time, it will be that much bigger and better the next year.
  14. Yeah, I just saw that. Cincinnati has had problems with displays being vandalized especially the baby Jesus.
  15. Homeowner Sets Up Camera To Catch Holiday Inflatable Vandals Colerain Township is like 20 minutes from where I live. You can tell if you have a bad neighborhood when Christmas displays are vandalized. For the 4 years I've been decorating I haven't had one thing vandalized. The worst I've had happen is a couple bulbs broken due to deer. I think it's terrible when people ruin displays trying to spread a little holiday cheer.
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