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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.

    Larry D

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    About Larry D

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    • Birthday 04/09/1958

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      Homewood, Alabama, USA
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      Turned 50 this year... great wife (Rebecca)...our kids are an aging Westie (MacDougel) & a tuxedo cat (Miss Priss)...
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    • About my display
      Up until last 2007 our display was 4 spot lights outlinning wreaths with bows on the windows.
      2007 we found Planet Christmas, Animated Lighting..
      what a blast. 2008 adding more lights and channels.

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    1. I don't know about you but I hate the take down! I'm out this afternoon taking things down, not in a good mood when Summer came over! Summer is our 6 year old neighbor and new sponsor. She handed me a zip lock bag with $10.22 in coins! She says we need more lights! Summer be careful what you ask for!
    2. Hey Larry! Tell me when you are available....we are very flexible!

    3. Will be happy to come by and see what can happen!

    4. Ok Mr. Larry! Here we go....lol...I need your brain about adding power to our house. I believe our house is 200 amp load (?) I don't know if I have room to add or anything....HELP! ; )

    5. Bummer Chris...hope your landscaping doesn't take too much of a hit. Know this isn't the present you were looking for. Hope it goes smooth and display what you can. Larry
    6. Sounds good, but make sure you take a deep breath! Your show will be a gift to your area. Larry
    7. Hope everybody has a great Thanksgiving! We'll turn the lights on Dec 1. When do you?
    8. We visited their "Fantasy in Lights" display last night...Awesome!
    9. Just in from a race in Fla, Have three weeks to make it happen...Lights come on Dec.,1 Hope everybody has fun with their displays!!
    10. My better half is interested. Thanks Larry
    11. Hey Chris, It can't hurt if you, Gina.... could call the News to get the list out sooner. Doing a late season race has cut into anything big this year. A couple of new songs, more lights, bringing back the archs, and a special guest the week before Christmas Larry
    12. Hey Guys, Finally talked to Mr. Hester today. We talked about the late list that came out last year. He is going to try to have the listing out on Weds. 12/15, but still in the North, South... part of The News. How's everybody plans coming this years shows coming? Larry
    13. Glad that Birmingham is back on pre Christmas part of the tour. (12.11.10) But the New Years Eve show with Tommy Shaw in '08 was awesome...
    14. Gina, Sent a email to Mr Hester, but have not heard back. With the temps being in the 100's, Christmas is the last thing the News is thinking about! But we know better...will start again next week.
    15. I know exactly where that is....Now I have another display to go see! Sweet

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