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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 stratos1

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    • Birthday 11/14/1961

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      Woodhaven, Michigan, USA
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    1. My C9's were Fed Ex yesterday.
    2. Dave H, Not yet. I got an email reply from Jacob on 22 July stating "these have not arrived yet but are expected to clear this week"
    3. I received an email from Jacob on 1 July. He said my C9's were going to be shipped on 15 Jul.
    4. Me to. Thanks Jacob. I didn't have one failure this year using your lights.
    5. Welcome Dewey. I'm in Woodhaven, south of the "D"
    6. I have seen your house on two of our local news stations here in Detroit.
    7. Frankenmuth is a great location.
    8. Its been talked about in the past but I never heard anymore about one. I would be very interested though.
    9. Do you offset the end of the arch from the edge of the driveway any? around 18 inches or so from the edge of the driveway.
    10. No failures with the MITS. Ordering more this weekend.
    11. Mike, I felt the same way you did this year. Just didn't have the Christmas spirit that much this year. I received a card in the mail from a family and it it made all the trouble well worth it. Motivated and planning for 2012.
    12. I have 3 arches across my single car driveway. I used 3 10ft grey electrical conduit (the kind that have the built in coupler) I use 36 inch rebar punded into the ground about 12 inches. Slide all three pieces together and put onto the rebar on each side of the driveway. I then tie a piece of wire to each arch and secure it to a stake so they dont blow over (learne that after the first year). Haven't had any problems since.
    13. Do you have to buy by the case? Or can I buy indivdual strings.
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