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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 respond2life

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  • Birthday 08/17/1973

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    visited christmas story house and stayed there recently. What a fun experience.
  • Location
    Ofallon, Missouri, USA
  • Biography
    My Grandmother who is no longer with us got me into Christmas.
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights, Golf, Scuba Diving, Softball,and History.
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Just getting back into it. Planning stages.
  1. Lights were given away.
  2. I also have a Mr Christmas Lights and Sound that I am not sure that works. Some ropelights and prismatic trees.
  3. I have two larger boxes of numerous lights. They are incandescent minis (some with controllers on it, some icicle lights, and regular multi colored lights) and C9's. I don't know exactly what works and what doesn't. I am cleaning out the garage and trying to make room. So if anyone is interested let me know.
  4. I tried to contact you, but got no answer. I have a back up that might work for you. Let me know if you still need one to use.
  5. Thanks again for maintaining the map Scott. Me and Ashley went out on Saturday and checked out several displays. We are hoping to check off most of the list this year.
  6. I need 16 boxes of white 100 ct lights to complete a project, if you would consider shipping to Missouri let me know.
  7. Does this include the virtual santa dvd or vhs tape? What size tube tv does it use? thanks
  8. Got my lights today. Thanks for the fast shipping, let the fun begin!
  9. When you get a chance can you let me know what lights are still available. I am working on ten wire trees and a mega tree and I am in need of a couple thousand lights. Thanks
  10. I would be interested depending on price.
  11. respond2life


    Thanks for everything guys. I had a great time and it looks like I have my girlfriend interested in helping me this year. Can't wait to see everyone's displays.
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    Gooey Butter Cake is great. I am going to bring a dessert myself.
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    You are right about that. It made last years SLAM even sweeter.
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