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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 johnba24

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  • Birthday 06/22/1949

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The first time my youngest grandaughter saw the display (1 1/2 yrs old) she spent almost the entire night standing in front of the candy canes dancing to the music. We had to carry her back into the house
  • Location
    Box Elder, SD
  • Biography
    Retired Military -
  • Interests
    Golf, Motorcycles, Fishing
  • Occupation
    Full Time Retiree
  • About my display
    Basic AI display - 20 channels (16+4 rider) 3 wire frame trees, deer, "presents" candy canes -
    Prerecorded AI Shows on SD - not into programing yet
  1. Just tried to go to the site - getting a domain is not available again today.......
  2. I'll be back in town, I'll try my best to make it John
  3. Tom - We really enjoyed your show - along with the "public service announcement" you've added. Look forward to that possible cup of coffee after the season is over-
  4. I'm located in Holly Springs, NC - about a mile down the road from TomD. I have a basic 16 Channel Animated Lighting Display, 3 Wire frame trees, 2 deer, 3 LED packages and candy cane lights. I have a 4 channel box attached that controls the lights on the fence behind the display (going on the house next year) This is my second year displaying - looking at maybe programing my own next year
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