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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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  • 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.

Vince M

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About Vince M

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  • Birthday 07/15/1963

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  • Location
    Elkhart, Indiana, USA
  • Biography
    I'm a rather ordinary American worker bee 10 months out of the year (during the off-season).
    But I do have Christmas stuff on display in my office all year. I especially love playing Christmas music in my office in July, as it bugs the boss. Summer is spent hunting yard sales for Christmas stuff, and dutifully preparing for display season. Thank the Lord for an understanding wife.
  • Interests
    Anything Christmas, ship models, woodworking
  • Occupation
    Quality/Safety Manager, polyurethane foam factory
  • About my display
    Last year's display was about 3000 lights, 25 blowmolds, a couple of homemade static displays.
    My display spilled over into the neighbor's yard, decorating his 9 pine trees that separate his property from mine. Can't afford light controllers (yet) but dreaming of the day.

    Small by many PC'ers standards, but it's the biggest (and of course, the first) display on my block! This year (2009) I'm adding a homemade countdown clock that's 10 1/2 feet tall.
  1. I've been doing static displays for 20+ years now, and been in PC for almost 5. My displays have gotten simpler as the years go by, both my wife and I have medical issues that are limiting my ladder climbing abilities, etc. I greatly admire all the LOR megatrees, chasing arches, etc. in other people's displays but don't have the $, the energy, or the time to go huge. I have to stick to what I can find in yard sales or build out of plywood. This year's display was about 4000 lights. I make up for lack of animation by setting up first weekend of November: If you can't have the best display in town, have the first.
  2. The last time I saw my neighbor Jane. My display spills over into her property as I light up the pine trees in her front yard every year. She was 82 years old and suffering from lung cancer. I brought her some Christmas cookies on Christmas morning, and she said how lovely my display always is and how she appreciates my "adding some color to her yard". Jane had a stroke and passed away in January 2011. I knew she had scuba dived before she retired, but until I read her obit I didn't know she had dived in several countries all over the world, and had a pilot's license. She had a lot of energy and put the most into her life, and I'll miss her.
  3. I heard that starting next year, the US government is banning the sale of incandescent lightbulbs. Will this incandescent Christmas strings too? Has anyone heard?
  4. In October 2003, My Grandmother and Mother-in-law both passed away. Both had been battling major illness, so by the time they passed my wife and I were emotionally spent. I wasn't in the mood at all for lights, but I decided to hang one row of lights on the roof line. I ended up putting up the whole display, and afterwards we all felt a little better. My Mother-in-law in particular really liked our annual displays, so we felt she would approve.
  5. Vince M

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    And thank you for your service.
  6. The radio show "Rick Jackson's Classic Country", which is syndicated on Country music radio, announced that song as "Much too busy" by Willie Nelson. I always thought of it as "Pretty Paper". Now I'm not sure.
  7. have you tried thrift shops like Salvation Army or Goodwill? Also flea markets.
  8. I agree with you wholeheartedly, thanks to my patient (and understanding) wife also. She puts up with my stopping at every garage sale we pass by, in the pursuit of more lights and decos. Last month, there was a holy family blowmold set at a yard sale I wanted, she said no, I already had that set. She said "If you've gotta get something, get something you don't already have". Later that day, I found 3 blowmolds I DIDN'T already have. Guess who's garage they're sitting in now?
  9. Well, I do feel a little better knowing that my Chex cereal is now being made by General Mills, a cereal company, instead of Ralston Purina, the dog food people.
  10. We traditionally have pancakes & sausage for breakfast, skip lunch and do turkey with the trimmings for supper. Then later on Christmas night we have the pumpkin pie! But we started Weight Watchers this last May, so we're trying to figure out how to do Thanksgiving/Christmas in a "point friendly" way!
  11. One of our local radio stations has already started 24 hour Christmas music! Saturday Oct. 30 they started.
  12. I've tried telling my wife that if we just left the display lit all year, we'd save a lot of time and trouble eliminating setup and tear down, but it's a no-go.
  13. Our display is up till Jan. 1st. In Indiana the weather is unpredictable, so I pull the blowmolds and inflatables out as soon as feasible, the cords and strings wait till they are thawed. Sometimes right away, sometimes not till end of Feb. or so.
  14. Vince M


    At the risk of sounding artistically challenged, where do you get this glass paint, and is it in little craft size bottles, or do you have to buy gallons at a time? Also, to repaint old lights, would you have to dip them in lacquer thinner (or whatever) first?
  15. I'm pretty sure every one of us has had that thought at some point. And most of our spouses have, too. Yet, here we all are.
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