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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 santajr

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    • Birthday 11/25/1959

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    • Location
      Newfane,New York
    • Biography
      I have been decorating for 20 years. Everyone who knows me calls me the "Christmas Nut".I have alot of decoration ideas that I need help to make.
    • Interests
      woodworking, Christmas decorations, racing
    • Occupation
      forklift driver
    • About my display
      this year (2008) was our biggest yet. We had 12,000 lights, 15 air blowns, 40+ blowmolds and almost 100 wireframe items. There were also tons of little items(candy canes,ornaments,wreathes,path markers etc...) scattered through out our yard. There are also 400 feet of 8 foot tall lighted arches. This year we started to put lights on the house. For Christmas, I got a 32' fiberglass ladder and now I can put lights across the top portion of my house. We have 4 acres, our 2 story house, garage, pole barn and shed to go all out on. Next year my goal is to add 10,000 more lights.

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    1. http://shop.christmascentral.com/Items/vickerman%20w6g4303?&caSKU=vickerman%20w6g4303&caTitle=Set%20of%20100%20Red%20Commercial%20Icicle%20Christmas%20Lights%20-%20Green%20Wire This is where I get hard to find things. 9 foot long, 100 lights and $13.99 on sale. hope this helps
    2. I will ship them in a USPS "fill a box for one price" box, depending on how many you order.
    3. I have hundreds of single c7 socket and cord. Also included is a c7 clear bulb and a ceramic ring. There is no clip to hold the socket in a blow mold. The cord is 6 feet long. Price is $1.50 each. Any questions feel free to ask!
    4. I was a parts puller/shipping clerk at a huge indoor auto dismantling facility. I am from Newfane NY.
    5. I had 2 years in. My age isn't far from yours.
    6. I was let go from my job on Thursday, 2 weeks short of 2 years. Their reason---"You are just not working out". What the?????????????? Come on now, it took them 2 years to figure out that I wasn't working out??? If I don't find a job soon, 2011 display could be in jeopardy!! I know its a little early to say that but it will take me some time to catch up from the cash shortfall. My unemployment rate is about half of my regular take home pay. With a lot of luck, I hope to find a job soon!!!!
    7. [ATTACH=CONFIG]42059[/ATTACH] Once again, Randy is doing good.
    8. Good luck on the move. Its to bad you have to sell your stuff. Where are you headed??
    9. santajr

      It's over!!!!

      Everything came down on Sunday. Just debating on taking the lights off the porch or leaving them up for a second year.I have already started planning the 2011 display!!!
    10. Welcome deanathpc!! Western NY here also, near Lake Ontario.
    11. Went to 5 stores yesterday and came home with 12 boxes of LED lights--5 multi, 5 red and 2 white-- and paid $3.50 per box. Also found a giraffe for $15.00, a stocking with presents on top for $15.00, and a box of 3 spiral trees for $10.00. Oh and I got a Santa's workshop sign for $9.00.
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