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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.

    OLD ST. NICK

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    About OLD ST. NICK

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    • Birthday 04/08/1977

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    • Location
      Florida
    • Biography
      very into the holiday spirit. originally from new york now living in florida. new home owner that just started decorating for all holidays. studying to become an electrical engineer.
    • Interests
      cooking; working out; decorating homes for the holidays
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      security officer
    • About my display
      i don't know exactly how many lights are in my display total, but i do know that the lawn itself has 6,200 green mini lights covering it. the roof is outlined in white rope lights and accented with icicle lights at the soffits. i have a few lawn decorations including 4 animated reindeer; 1 sleigh; two white twig trees; 3 presents inside the sleigh; and a snow scene by the front door of the house, the lawn decorations are hooked up to the mr. christmas ge sound box (poor man's light-o-rama). this is only ur second year doing our display and i think it is coming along rather well. we are growing every year.
    1. Jeff, my name is John Boneri and I am a new member on planet christmas forums. I stopped by your display the other night and took some video of it. It turns out you coincidently live three minutes around the corner from my parents and attend the same church. Maybe next year when I stop by to see the display, we can shoot around some ideas and it will give me the opportunity to pick your brain a little. Keep up the good work and Happy New Year to you and your family.
    2. Newbie asking for help on how to post a blog without having to reply all the time? Help!!!
    3. check out holdman.com/christmas I think you'll find what your looking for. He also has some great tutorial videos. He is my inspiration.
    4. I'm a newbie too. I don't even know how to post a comment yet other than to post a reply. HELP!!!!
    5. Hey Jeff. My name is John and I am new to Planet Christmas as a member, but discovered the sight last year by accident. Turns out you live five minutes from my parents. I currently reside in Port Saint Lucie. I was actually by your house last night videotaping. Great stuff and you are a great inspiration.
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