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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.

gerald sundberg

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About gerald sundberg

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  • Location
    , , Duluth MN
  • Biography
    I am 69 years old born 9 11 40 a birthday I'll not forget! 30 plus years as a machinist working for the DM&IR Railroad.
  • Interests
    Christmas decorating,Gardening,Rose growing,Firewood cutting
  • Occupation
    gardener
  • About my display
    2nd year doing computerized lighting,48,000 lights. Buildings trimmed,gardens ablaze with lights.
  1. Very interesting, what kind of lights are you using?
  2. bentlyville display in duluth mn has one that is 120' tall with 50'000 net lights on it.
  3. I really like the looks of the spiral tree but I don't have an idea how it's made. Can someone explain?
  4. Where is everyone buying bulk spt 2 wire?
  5. I've made 9 arches with 6 channels of lights each. I've sequenced them to i/20 of a second but they don't look right at night. They look segmented and not flowing together in a continous motion. Also one channel seems to have a mind of it's own! Any ideas out there?
  6. I'm looking for a picture or pattern of a flying angel blowing a trumpet, has any one seen this?
  7. We started two weeks ago also. It's soooo nice to start before the fingers get stiff. 1200' of icicle lights on the fence, 3' star on house roof, train all set to go, gees it's fun to watch it run around the track! Made a new car for it (gondola), there seem to be a lot of critters that want to ride in it,(tickle me Elmo and a few others). Much more enthusiasum this year,last year I was just dreading it.
  8. Sorry, but they are all spoken for as of this morning. Thanks for all the replies. Your friend in Christ Jerry
  9. I have 12 blow mold figures I want to get rid of. They are 1- 3' Santa, 1- 3' Mary, 1- 3' Joseph, 1-2' Mary, 1-2' Joseph, 2- kneeling magi 2', 1 standing 3' magi, a girl &boy choir figure 2', a lamb laying down, and a 4' North Pole. All are capable of being lighted, some are missing the light sockets. they are FREE, if interested send me a e-mail otherwise they are going to the landfill.
  10. By twin ports is meant Duluth Superior. What type of a display do you have?

  11. Hi Gerald; I'm in Rhinelander. I'm not sure where the twin ports are located, but we are an hour north of Wausau or 3 hours north of Madison. Gregg

  12. What kind of a display do you have? Are you located in town or out in the country? We are 10 miles out of town 4.5 miles above the shore,close to the French river.

  13. Where abouts in Wisconsin are you,any where near the twin ports?

  14. Ah the most beautiful part of the state! What do you do for a living, or are you retired?

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