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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 rtkpoquoson

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  • Birthday 11/14/1956

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    Poquoson, Virginia, USA
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  1. Any one have any. Need either 3 of the Home Depot brand or 5 of the Walmart brand. Hope someone has some, came up short. Thanks Roger
  2. I can bring the mini arches I made only 3 channels per arch but they worked out well as a border around the yard. Can't wait to see everyone, I will have quite a few items for sale, molds, indoor stuff, a bunch of c-9s and who knows what ese I will dig up.
  3. Any Saturday in June is good for me. I will have a few molds to sell, and some other items. Bill, definately interested in the star idea, how about snowflakes too? Can't wait to see everyone again, we had a blast last year.
  4. Well the water delayed getting the display set this year, finally got it done, now it is under about 2 feet of water.......Think I am done for this year.....can't see getting it all repaired and cleaned before Christmas. Hope everyone else it fairing better!
  5. Thanks folks, we are slipping fast, so anything you can do to bump us back in to the top 5 would be appreciated........remember you can vote once a day from each computer you have access to.....http://www.wavy.com/generic/holiday_guide/holiday_lights_2009_20091124 we are listed as Roger Covert-Poquoson Thanks again we will see what happens between now and Friday Noon.
  6. Thanks Mark, you are so right, it is tough down here, we didn't even make the top 10 last year.
  7. Thanks Bill, that is a tremendous compliment coming from you. I aspire to be as good as yours some day.....I just need a bigger yard.
  8. Thanks Glenn, I think there are a lot more in the area that fly under the radar if you know what I mean........I remember your comments from the mini this spring..
  9. Thanks Steve, the stars were an idea taken from the Frontgate catalog two years ago, they wanted something like $250.00 each for theirs, made mine for about $20 each. Thanks for the vote, hope we can get some more.
  10. We made the WAVY TV 10 top ten decorated houses in Tidewater. We need your votes to push us over the top, voting ends on the 18th, and I think you can vote once a day. The link below should get you to the voting page. http://www.wavy.com/generic/holiday_guide/holiday_lights_2009_20091124 Thanks in advance.
  11. Hey Ralph, Well the weather has wreaked havoc on the display this year but we are up and running. The light count is down slightly from last year but we still managed to get up a little over 20k this year normal is 60K. 20,000 lights, LOR, Broadcast 88.3, many animated displays, with a walk through showing department store style window displays. 1338 Poquoson Ave, Poquoson, VA. 23662 Work is keepng me hopping this year but i hope to get out and see some of the displays.
  12. There were a few strange things that went floating by........like a 500 gallon fuel oil tank. Water was about 5 feet deep in the center of the road.....had a boat go by yesterday morning with about 6 people in it, the water was much deeper down at the end of the road and I heard that it got in to some of the houses.
  13. Still have power never lost it....which was a good thing. Although the generator is raised also would have had to wade to get to it.
  14. Hey B Regal...no belugas but I did have a school of fish under the outside lights last nite. Bad thing was the fishing poles were in the basement. Brad......as a matter of fact several molds I picked up last weekend at yard sales were floating around the basement this morning when I waded in Bill........sorry I couldn't make your party wish I could have been there, looking forward to the TV show next month. Thanks for the offer, I think I will be ok, looks like in addition to the things lost off the roof I lost some wireframes, my newly wrapped drive way arches were under water, and a couple of new twig trees fell and sank in their boxes. Display may be a work in progress on the 28th but we will lite it up. Just waiting for this evenings tide and then will start the salvage and cleanup tomorrow.
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