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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 Exitfourxmas

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  • Birthday 03/20/1954

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  • Location
    New Buffalo, Michigan, USA
  • Biography
    I have lots of toys
  • Interests
    Sailing, Christmas Lights, Inventing
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Just lights and more lights, never enough channels
  1. I plan to get in Friday afternoon, so count me in for Friday night. Thanks, Jerry
  2. I would also like to add my thanks to Patti and Richard for opening up their house and to the rest of the FPC group for putting on such a great mini. The LOR presentation (or lack of) was one of the most informative I think I have attended, great plan. Thanks again for letting me pe a part of your group. Jerry
  3. Unless something changes, I will be one for Friday night. Jerry
  4. Andrew, It looks wonderful, how long will you have it set up? I would love to come by and see it live, not Memorex. Jerry
  5. Wow!!, I will finally get to meet the one and only Chuck Hutchings. I was so let down last fall when you didn't make it to Lawtey. Do out of state guests have to abide by the rules of behavior when in your presence? Jerry
  6. Since you haven't said what you want them for, are you looking for new in boxes or are used acceptable. Jerry
  7. Which kind are you looking for? The kind with two plastic pins? Do you have a picture of the bulb? I think I may be able to help. Jerry
  8. People have been putting lights on real trees for decades and the trees keep growing. Nothing looks better than real growing trees covered with lights, especially when the branches get some snow on them. I do each of mine with multis, whites and bling chasers with three channels per tree and they look like real Christmas trees LOL. Jerry
  9. Chuck, Keep and keep them in the original boxes. If you ever go to sell them the price drops considerably if they aren't in their box. Over the last few years the value of D56 has gone way down, I bought most of mine at 50% off and now I would be hard pressed to even get that much on eBay. Jerry
  10. Chuck, Great find, especially for the price. I have a large collection that has unfortunately not made it out of the basement and on to display since I got overwhelmed in animated lighting (and became single). I do have Checkerbee book of the presumed values of the D56 buildings and accessories. send me a PM if there are any that you would like me to look up. Jerry
  11. Hey Gary, Those look great, fantastic job. Jerry
  12. You must be on some kind of island. You say you are in Orlando but then you say you are about 30 miles southwest of Disney World; Disney World is already southwest of Orlando, so are their another Orlando on the other side of Disney? Just trying to learn Florida geography. Jerry
  13. I concur with Tim, why go wireless if you don't really need it. Get more channels, you will always fill them and want more. Jerry
  14. Bill, Try the neighbor across the street LOL, they might be more agreeable. Jerry
  15. I just straightened out a coat hanger and tied (with bailing wire) it to the hoops between the three or four verticals, Makes a nice round cone. Jerry
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