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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 mikeandken

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  • Birthday 05/01/1965

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  • Location
    Stockbridge, Georgia, USA
  • Biography
    Justt two great guys who love Chrsitmas lights.
  • Interests
    Home remodeling, decorating, garding. Travel (when we can) Sci Fi stuff. Camping (when we can)
  • Occupation
    Stylist and Book keeper
  • About my display
    We bought our beautiful home with Christmas in mind. It's our goal to one day have a home decorated everywhere, to where people get out of their cars and walk around our property.
    We know that will take a few years....lol

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  1. yep, just for now tell i get my poop in a group

  2. mikeandken

    Roll Call Ga

    Ho Ho Ho from Stockbridge.....
  3. We're doing pretty good. Since we both work long hour, we have Animated Lighting do our shows (Be Nice). Hope to finish up the outside this weekend. We built our 20 ft mega tree last weekend. The roof is finished. Nearly done with the inside as well. Huge party here on Dec 3 . Have a good season everyone.
  4. Welcome from Stockbridge....have fun this season.
  5. We used Decorations one year....it's a Beach Boys knock off of "Good Vibrations"
  6. We were looking at the inflatables at our Lowes and they looked to be made with poor quality. Most of them were cheap fabric, and the air pumps were terrible. This alone made us not want to buy them, for fear they will not last longer than a few years. For the cost, I expect better quality. Has anyone else had this thought ?
  7. We cut them off...they just look bad.
  8. This is exactly what we needed to see......Thank You So Much...HoHoHo
  9. We use 100 ct. mini lights on our mega tree. Per the box, that only allows us 3 strands connected together. The we end up with a ton of extension cords, after getting the whole tree build. Can we piggy back the stands together? This year our tree will have 30/ 100 light strings...any advice?
  10. We used lattice trim channel pieces. It's the kind where you slid the lattice panels into the track to hold them in place.We use LED strwberry lights. They are snug , but with a little wiggle they will slid into the channels. Than we just use a screw long enough to hold the track in place on our roof. It keeps the lights straight up and in a perfect line.
  11. Really ..why did you retire? and what did you do with all your stuff????

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