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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.

    Steven Singleton Jr.

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    About Steven Singleton Jr.

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      One of the old men around here....
    • Birthday 08/21/1978

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      Lexington, Ky
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      Just a guy with a wife and 3 kiddos.
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      University of Kentucky basketball, wrestling, christmas decorating, and my family
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      Home Shopping Network
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    1. By the way I have my list from several years of the card exchange if anyone would like it feel free to send me a email at twindaddy2003x2 at yahoo.com
    2. Yeah we always enjoy getting cards from all over and sending cards to many of the people we only interact with here.
    3. Yes this is the reason I was coming back to see if the list had been sent out yet. Cards have been bought and signed now just waiting for the addresses to send them to.
    4. I was wondering the same thing. Not a momma either but I can tell you that we had twins delivered in July of 03 and they were preemies and they stayed 55 days in the hospital which made it the first part of September or so when they got out of the hospital and me and my wife still put on a display at our church. We were told we would have plenty of help but as always it ended up just being me and her there for many, many, many hours. As someone said above kids can be a excuse for anything. If you planned on adding things and everything is good to go with baby and you just go for it!
    5. Yep was def awesome for the cats to win #8. Hoping for 9 this year:)
    6. From what I understand its still there right off of exit number 1 I think. Place is pretty expensive though......
    7. Ok, let me resurrect this thread and see how many enjoyed this mini and if any would be interested in trying to bring our wonderful state of Kentucky back from the dead as far as lighting displays are concerned. Just moved back myself and would love to look at the possibility of doing a mini sometime next Summer.
    8. From what I hear they already had a mini here I just was not moved back for it yet. Have to get things more interesting in here.
    9. Ok, everyone I am just wondering why it seems this forum is so slow? I hung out primarily in the Florida section the last 3.5 years because we moved there for a bit and it seemed like there was always something going on there. I know there are decorators around Kentucky lets get this place hopping and more interesting.
    10. Having just moved back to Kentucky looking to see who all will be doing a display this year and where you are located. Hoping to be able to throw something together this year out of what I have left and a few new things. I am in the Lexington area and hoping to be able to make it to several of the Kentucky displays this season. Seems like the Kentucky forum board is kinda slow lets get things popping in here:)
    11. Thanks Luke. Not sure how big this years display will be at my place but hoping to be back to normal next year.
    12. Well hoping for a better year this year. Moved back to Kentucky and lets hope they enjoy the show more the the vandals in Florida.
    13. Looks very nice might be in the plans for next year. Would only need 1 for the size of my house.
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