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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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  1. BMcGeeny

    I see SNOW!

    I was in Morristown this morning. Four inches on the ground.
  2. Ok so I have a laptop with a dead bat. Off brand and cannot find a replacement so I though I'd give the rebuild a shot Got it open and they are 2 1/2' by 5/8" have the part numbers ICR18650-22B Sansung SDI 453 The case on the pack says PST-75210 and it is rated at 14.8 V 4400mAh Tried allelectronics, can't seem to match them. Anybody got a source?
  3. There is a cow barn and a gas pump. It may not have been used in a while. Last time I was by it said $.29.9 And if you get there and there is no gas in the pump, I'll buy you a tankfull
  4. In just a few days all the lights will be up and I will be able to post photos,.....................so I am anouncing a contest for the best syncronization of my lights. It will be 162 channels and you can use any music you want. Just send me the sequences and on December 25 the winner will be announced. Grand Prize winner gets an all expense (provide your own transportation however) trip to Potsdam, Mn for New Years Eve
  5. Do they need to be axactly 2'? Menards has 18" and 36" both orange and green. Have a standard molded male and a molded 3 receptical female end. But they only have them in 1 1/2 ' and 3 ft' About $3.99.
  6. BMcGeeny

    New in MN

    Not sure where to post this so I just thought I'd say Hi. Im in SE Minnesota and we have quite a few really BIG displays in our little town. Seems my dad started something here and folks just ran with it. He put up his first display in 1978. In folowing years he decortated the Water Tower, city buildings, library and main street light poles. People also caught on. In 1998 we took a guess that there were 15,000,000 lights in town. Then it just went away. I've been trying to fire it up again, so we'll see if it grows from last year. Well enough, I just wanted to say hi and let you all know I've been reading this stuff for years. Just thought I'd jump in. Probably won't be here much until after Christmas. The crunch is on and light up day (Thanksgiving) is less than a month.
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