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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 kpharr40

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    • Birthday 12/23/1962

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      Farmers Branch, Texas, USA
    • Biography
      MArried for 25 years, 3 children and two grandchildren.
    • Interests
      Sailing and of course Christmas decorations
    • Occupation
      Director of Operations
    • About my display
      800 channels of lor and 250,000+ lights. Ferris wheel, merry go rounds, mega tree, mini trees, and a whole lot more.
      Total of 7 houses all synchronized to music.

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    1. Running our last test tonight, and we go live thanksgiving. Good luck everyone
    2. Welcome to north Texas. I live just south of lewisville in farmers branch. My websit I's www.pharrschristmas.com. We have over 300,000 lights, 10 houses and a ton of fun!!!! We have beautiful set up weather but december can be rainy. The past couple of years have been ok. Set up can be tricky as the lawns usually need mowing until mid November. We usually start on the house and trees and progress to the yards. Also be sure and look up lonestarholidays. We have a great north Texas group
    3. We actually purchased a Zamperla Cenetepede train. Kids of all ages love it. We have hundreds of riders everynight. The only drawback is that I am an Accountant, not a handy man, but I am learning how to keep it running.
    4. I have had over 6,000 feet for 6 years and no problems what so ever. It will last for years.
    5. We actually pass out candy canes for Halloween. The kids love it. We did pick up17,000 after Christmas last year. Lol. As far as traffic, it really does complicate things. We are outside everynight. Luckily, I have a staff of volunteers that help. Good luck!!!
    6. I am having the same issue. I miss my Tapatalk!
    7. Bill, I agree. Do you think that the reduction in the number of posts is due to the new format? I really liked the unread feature versus the New content feature. I really do not want to be negative for the newbies, but it is much more difficult to navigate around the site. I remember 6 years ago, all the assistance that I received from this and our local sites.
    8. I also need SPT1. 6000 ft, and 300 Males and 400 females. Really need to stick with SPT1, as I have hundreds of plugs left from the past couple of years.
    9. Great ideas!!!! I am going to set up the seers in a couple of weeks to construct theguideqires so I will post a picture then. They are big, very big. Lol.
    10. I am building a life size nativity scene from Winfield patterns. I am ready to paint the viroids, but what should I use to seal them? I do not want the sealant to yellow or make the paint run. Does anyone have any suggestions? I completed the 15 ft reindeer and the joy scenic. I used outdoor paint. Should I seal those? Thanks
    11. Yes we are. I go into Home Depot or Lowest, for assistnace. When Itell them what I am doing, they laugh and say that I am starting early, yeah, right, it is getting very late in the season! I checked with Hobby Lobby manager, and lights should start going up just after the July 4th.
    12. Very funny. My neighbors just laugh we they see me in march working on Christmas stuff. Been working on the new 15 ft reindeers, 27 north poles. Now I have a 20 ft ferris wheel and a 13 video wreath in my drive way. Since I decorate 7 houses they love the final product I try to tell them I only have 5 months until lights start going up and they usually roll their eyes. Lol
    13. I use blue mini in several of my trees. However, a word of caution they will not last long usually only a season or two at the most. They fade very quickly. I have several wire frames used in the patriotic section and I spray krylon on the lights every season. If you ever want to start coverting to led light may I suggest starting with blue Good luck! And welcome to the madness
    14. I like to explain what I am doing. The looks you get. And the comments---- you are trying to do what with PVC and don't you know it is only April..... Lol
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