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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 Loftus

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    About Scott Loftus

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    • Birthday 04/16/1971

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    • My favorite Christmas story
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      Sherman, Illinois, USA
    • Biography
      Retired... Owner of the Xavierlights Display
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      Time with my family
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    • About my display
      Ended in 2012. 100,000 lights, 80 strobes and alot of blowmolds. Computer animated

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    1. I used to turn on the lights Thanksgiving night. I would run it a few days after Christmas.
    2. I am need 6-10 strings of 100 count clear incandescent lights on white wire for a upcoming wedding. Anyone have some to sell?
    3. Wireframes and some of the blowmolds have been sold. At this time. I do not have anything else available..... Scott
    4. So sorry about that. As Mike said, I am in Sherman IL which is 5 miles North of Springfield IL. I will also say this. I am selling everything as a package deal... I have had offers to buy the ducks only, or some of the frames only. I prefer a singe buyer. The wireframes alone are worth the asking price. If it doesn't sell, then it goes back into storage. That is the way I prefer to sell it as I did my Christmas display. I will also be lisitng, Valentines Day wireframes, Saint Patrick Day wireframes soon. Thank You.
    5. I am selling the following Easter Items. I am selling it as a package deal. 3 wireframe Easter Bunnies approx. 52 inches tall. All Bunny lights work. 3 wireframe Easter wagons with colored eggs. Approx. 37 inches tall. All wagon lights do work. 5 large plastic Easter Eggs 5 Medium plastic Easter Eggs 3 Union Products Ducks with light cords. 18 inches tall. All 3 in good condition. Stamped 1995 4 Large Empire Plastic Rabbits. 35 inches tall. 2 male / 2 female Male - P/N 28-5567 Female - P/N 28-5587 2 Small Empire Plastic Rabbits. (Dated 1994) 24 inches tall. 1 m
    6. Hello fellow blow molders, It has been awhile since I have posted on PC, almost too long. Xavierlights celebrates its 10th anniversary at its current location and its final season. Soon, I will be making a list of all the blow molds that I will be posting here for sale. I am selling the entire display after this season as the love for the display is no longer there. I have been told that I will know when I am ready to give it up and this is that time. The final day of this year display will be December 28th which at that time, items willl be available to purchase. At this time, I
    7. http://richmond.craigslist.org/for/2436569120.html 16 pieces for best offer on craigslist
    8. excellent haul. I use candles and candy cane molds as a fence by the road.
    9. Keep looking at garage sale and local auctions. I find alot this way.
    10. in Illinois, it would not be legal. If you notice on a car, Amber color lights are used for running and turn signal. Newer vehicles use red for turn signals in the rear of the vehicle.
    11. I find most of my molds at garage sales and auctions.
    12. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110602315225&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT The Empire Red Santa Train is now listed.
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