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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.

Scott Reinhold

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About Scott Reinhold

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  • Birthday 01/23/1967

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  • Location
    O'Fallon, Missouri, USA
  • Interests
    My kids, golf, poker, wine, Vegas, cigars
  • Occupation
    Data Warehouse Specialist
  • About my display
    Using LOR, over 80,000 lights (incand., switching to LED slowly), lots of wireframes. No mega tree, blowmolds, or inflatables.
  1. Hi Jason. No, we didn't enter that contest. Good luck to you! Also, sorry we missed you at Barry's event.
  2. I'm guessing they're about a mile and a half west of 270. Hard for me to say for sure because I always come from the west. You probably just missed it at 10:35, I'm guessing they shut down by 10:30 to keep the neighbors happy. You're right about it being on the corner and you can't miss it when lit because there are over 100,000 lights in the front, back, and sides of the property. Hope you get the chance to make it back up this way. Lots of great displays to see!
  3. So far, I've seen Jeff Graham's, Rick and Judy's, Jonathan's, Don Leath's, and Natasha's in Ladue. All of them were great as usual. If you have not seen Natasha's off Ladue, that would be my definition of "above and beyond" as you put it. Also, while I have not been there personally yet this season, Jason up in Godfrey has several houses linked and made the news. Geoff in Rock Hill also links up multiple houses plus he has a really cool garden train running if the weather is nice. I definitely plan to hit some more this week.
  4. Only have 4 this year: Christmas Can-Can - Straight No Chaser Believe in Holiday Magic - Kellie Coffee Happy Holiday - Andy Williams Hoedown - Aaron Copland
  5. We have been running for a week but just finally worked out the bugs last night. I only have 4 songs this year - the videos have been posted in the Videos tab of the forum above.
  6. Hello all, I hope your setups are going well. We can't complain about the weather so far. Anyway, this is just a reminder that I am still maintaining the google map of St. Louis area displays. It includes those folks over on the IL side too. Here is the link: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=217819999005191150903.0004604f9a6cacb8d6696&msa=0 Let me know of any additions, deletions, changes, etc. Our display will return after last year's hiatus.
  7. I was thinking about all of the displays this weekend and hoping they held up to the weather. I made it out to the Ladue display for his Friday event and had a blast in the short time I was able to spend there. Also enjoyed talking with Jason about his display. I will definitely be out your way in the next week to see it. Got down to Fenton to see my old friend Joe's display as well. We actually have a fairly open weekend coming up so I hope to get out to many displays this weekend.
  8. Hello Scott, Came by your house last night and was shocked. I haven't been on Planet Christmas for ages. I see you are posting all the light shows, Great job. Bob Steers of Ofallon. Used to be in Maryland heights ---Midland and lendburg.

  9. Hello all. Its that time of year when we drive around and check out all the cool displays. I am still maintaining a google map of animated St Louis area displays that I know of. I've made all the changes/additions that I've received via PM or email so far. Let me know if you have something to add. I've also noted that my display is dark this year and also Rick & Judy's. Here's the link. My website link seems to be acting up for some reason. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=111485230317713815599.0004604f9a6cacb8d6696&t=h&z=9
  10. Hi Max. I will still maintain the map of displays. Its on my site mywinterwonderland.com, at the directions link. Hope everyone's setup is going well. I can't wait to see them. I've been enjoying my time off, maybe too much. That's not a good sign!
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