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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 wichard623

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  • Birthday 03/01/1986

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Night before Christmas
  • Location
    Omaha, NE
  • Biography
    I am 22 years old and in june our first son was born and he has been soo much fun to play with.
  • Interests
    Xmas decorating and wood working.
  • Occupation
    Warehouse manager for Sears
  • About my display
    Last year was my first yearusing LOR 16 channel controller and can not wait to add more controllers in '09. I have around 20,000 lights and around 2 miles of extension cords. I did my first Mega tree this year and have completed 3 arches for this year.

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  1. I had this problem years back and started putting down deer/animal repellent last year and did the trick and has worked well so far this year. I got it at Ace Hardware.
  2. Hey everyone I will be in Chicago for Christmas and really want to check out some great displays. Anyone know of some good displays within like an hours drive of Downers Grove or Naperville? My family really wants me to show them a display like I have in Omaha.
  3. So the worst thing possible happen today while I was setting up. I ran out of SPT cord. I have 2 spools and they are gone... Luckily I emailed Paul and he is going to overnight me a box in the morning, needed like another 800'. I thought I was going to come close but not almost another spool worth... Guess I will have to double my order for next year...lol
  4. Does anyone know if these will fit the wire that CDI sells, I have always bought my plugs and wire from them but this is a great price.
  5. I was like you and last year I started collecting for Make-A-Wish and was on the fence about it. I had $54 collected last year and to date we are at $80 for this year. I am on a local radio stations tour of lights they do and saw 3 limo's during the holiday weekend stop and watch, but still the best night we had was the 23rd and it was $30. I like some of your idea's. I actually have tried to get the news stations to do a story but no one is interested in it...
  6. Im with you guys, everything is under atleast 2' of snow. But the wind has sure done a number on my Mega tree, probably lost a third of the strings from wind damage.
  7. I did this last year and now it wont let me do it again this year????????
  8. I would be interested in the Frankenstein, bats and ghosts if you could bring them to the Chicago Mini possibly.
  9. My toy soldiers are baried in 3' of snow I am hoping I will be able to take everything down before April. Normally we have a January thaw but with this much snow I dont think that will help.
  10. It must be nice to see those "cold" temps, we just finish a week straight run at record lows. And I dont mean like 5 degrees or even -5, we were -20 for 4 of the last 10 days. We had 2 days where the highs did not get above -2. And I am not even talking about wind chill, if you want to talk about the wind chill then you are looking more like 45-50 below zero. O and I forgot to mention the 32" of snow and the 6-12' drifts throught town. I actually love winter, so bring it on.
  11. One thing that might of happened was he works or know someone who works at a Walmart distribution center, those pallets looks like they are still case packs from the manufacturer. I have heard companies with excess merchandise in their DC's selling it to employees or auction houses to save from sending them to stores to be sold at deep discounts. My company had to do this 2 years ago because we had 50 containers of items for the black friday sale got stuck on a ship that was 2 months late and did not arrive until christmas, they did not even unload the containers into the network they stayed at the DC's and if anyone was interested they could pay the cost for the entire container otherwise it was sold to an auction house.
  12. I would be willing to come from Nebraska if the timing worked out. I also am planning on attending the Chicagoland mini.
  13. That is an awesome box, I just finished mine and now I am jealous, If it wonders off its not in Nebraska...hehehehe
  14. We got 2" last night and are set to get another 10-15" tonight into tomorrow. I wish we had 4 ". HAHA
  15. That is what I had thought about doing but I dont want to be picking up rabbits
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