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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 clee

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday 08/24/1964

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  • Location
    Wichita Falls, Texas, USA
  • Biography
    On volunteer fire dept. and decon team for bio/chemical treatment at hospital
  • Interests
    Halloween, Christmas, July 4th, trains and hunting
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    simple shrub lights right now
  1. clee

    Wichita Falls??

    Sorry don't know where I came up with the name. It should be Gary Holt
  2. clee

    Wichita Falls??

    i got it to pull up on my phone. That is definitely George Holt.
  3. clee

    Wichita Falls??

    for some reason I can not see the screenshot due to being at work. There are 2 people here that are currently doing this in WF. George Holt is the main one. If the pic is of a house with a mega tree close to it. The other place is David Shoop his pic would have a guitar playing Santa. George has a website www.gekholt.com
  4. Can you zip tie them to the back of the stand to keep them from falling over?
  5. There is a town about 1 hour north of us called Chickasha, Ok. Here is a link to its website. Some very impressive wireframes and a mega tree. http://www.chickashafestivaloflight.com/index.php/gallery
  6. The family was indeed the Burns Family. The got their money in oil. I believe it started in 20's. Each year they would purchase another piece to add to their yard. It is set up every year at Midwestern State. Here is a web site on the story. http://www.mwsu.edu/fantasy/story.asp
  7. How would you secure going up the ridge of the roof and across the top ?
  8. So how do you secure the 2x4's to the roof to keep them from sliding off?
  9. I was too late to get the code. Does anyone have it?
  10. That is one evil faced looking Santa but I like it.
  11. I was sooo planning on being there and at the last minute all plans fell through to go. Definitely will try for next year.
  12. Which machine won the bubble off?
  13. I saw this movie the other day. Good classic. Highlander. quote from Sean Connery in the movie.
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