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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.

    Buckeyelights

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      riding around looking at Christmas lights
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      Columbus, Ohio
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      A crazy holiday displayer, my daughter's description.
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      running, particulary trail running and of course holiday displays
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      Construction manager
    • About my display
      I've been decorating for the holidays since I was a teenager, that's 40+ years. I guess you could say our display's specialize in handmade wood cut-outs.

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    1. I made the kissing Claus's, used the thin board, and while it is holding up, mine developed a curve in them. They still move well. I intend to reinforce the backside with a narrow angle to take at least some of the curve out. Good luck!!
    2. Another option is to email or take an image to a local blueprint shop; a place that prints plans for architects, engineers, etc. They can enlarge any imagine (without a copyright) to any size you want. The local one I use can print 46" wide (paper is 48" wide) x whatever length I want. If the image is wider than 46", they print it on multiple pieces. Cost is $6 - $10 for a 46"x 72" tall print. Easy, fast and you have a pattern that's reusable.
    3. Very well done!!! Thanks for putting this together.
    4. I was planning on joining in but missed it too. Will there be a video of it available to watch? Tks!!
    5. That's very kind and thoughtful of you to honor her and her late husband.
    6. In my opinion motion lights and signs are the cheapest, easiest, and yet most effective deterrent. A security camera that's clearly visible can be very imposing to a kid messing around. However a sucker or candy cane line the sidewalk out from is quite vulnerable. fortunately items like that are inexpensive and hopefully replaceable. As I mentioned above, I attach a cable to most items in the yard. You could attach a cable to the suckers, and while someone could still knock it over, break it; they're unlikely to run off with all of them if you attach the same long cable to each sucker. With w
    7. www.halloweenforum.com It is an outstanding forum. I'm always amazed at the amount of traffic on it. You'll find many professional haunters as well as small residential decorators.
    8. Thought I'd share an idea that has helped prevent vandalism to our display. We do have security lights on motion detectors and all of the display items in the yard are secured with a vinyl coated security cable. But another thing I do is visit our local police precinct. They have a "watch" program, where they'll provide the officers on duty with a list of addresses to keep "watch" over. It can be used when someone is away for extended periods of time, etc.; or to keep "watch" over a display. When the officers are not on a specific run, they'll cruise by the addresses on the "watch" list.
    9. Instead of the pvc base, simply use a piece of rebar to slide inside the pole. You'll need to guy wire it against the wind. I use 50# test fishing line for guy wires on 10' tall poles. You don't see the fishing line which is nice; however be careful, you don't see it either and it's easy to trip over.......he says from experience
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