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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 mestalights

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    • Birthday 01/31/1957

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    1. I have a large parking lot across from my display where cars can park and watch the display. Twice over the years I have had to run off pan handlers going from car to car asking for money to help pay for the display or electric bill. I always try to monitor the security cameras for anyone roaming around the lot.
    2. Did someone say 2 Weeks? Looking forward to the mini
    3. It's that time of year again. I still have the list of Oklahoma Christmas light displays on the links page of my website (mestalights.com) . If you have any changes, or aren't listed there send a PM and I'll get it updated. Don
    4. Hi all............. Haven't been on here in a while but I plan on being there Saturday. Don
    5. All done and started the show tonight. Just going to work on a couple of more songs for this year.
    6. It's that time of year, if your display is listed on http://mestalights.com/links.html please send me any information that needs to be updated and I will get your listing current. If you are new this year or aren't listed and would like to be, PM your address, your name, display name, website, a brief description, hours or any other information to mestalights
    7. We are a quiet bunch here aren't we. Have got the controlers all mounted and most of the cords run. Working on the house lights first then comes the yard. 14 days to go! Keith, tell us about your megatree......
    8. I always cut them off unless they are on a string with an odd amperage lamp.
    9. I plan to be there but will have to leave around 4:30.
    10. Nope! Nothing there before January 18 2011. I am not happy with this so called "UPGRADE"
    11. I only have 11 PM's from 2008! This was a feature that I used often to access information and members. All posts before Feb. 2010 are also gone. Another feature I used frequently! If all of the information that we had stored prior to 2010 isn't important why not just throw out everything and start over!
    12. ChrisL1976 came up with this one http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/39539-Spiral-Tree-Calculating-Spreadsheet
    13. Here is one of the videos of the ones I did. I just layered the blue spiral over my mega trees. There are a few more videos on youtube.
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