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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.
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  • 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.
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Christmas on the Farm

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  1. I'm near Kingsburg. https://www.facebook.com/BradsLights/?ref=page_internal Come by next year.
  2. That's great! Years ago when our display was in town, we were walking up to our door and out of a car sitting right out front a boy said; Mom look! Do they get to live here?
  3. I've had people ask; "how do you get the radio station to play the songs you want?"
  4. I would like to hear if you have any funny comments from those who have watched your display. I’ll start; yesterday evening I went out to the road to pick up trash from the previous night’s viewers (a story in itself). A man stopped and asked me “why is this radio station so fuzzy at my house"? I asked where he lived; “in town” (that means at least 2 miles) I replied; I don’t think you can hear it at all there. He said; it’s just not right. I said; it would be illegal. Second; a lady came to the door and in the middle of the day asked me to turn on the display as she had driven so far. I politely let her know she would not be able to see anything anyway as the sun was out in full force. She went back out to the road and sat there for 20 minutes.
  5. When he got back in the car he probably asked how was the show? Answer: you idiot you where in it!
  6. I have heard so many stories of people wanting you to stay off their property or get a proscriptive easement on your property. I guess the best thing to say is; good fences make for good neighbors.
  7. I think your right but its because we are the people that want to be good neighbors and do something good for the community.
  8. I went through the same feelings when I moved 7 years ago. A week before Halloween I started with my set up. I said to my wife; now the neighbors will know somethings up. I was used to people waiting for the show thanksgiving night but we had no one the first night. Then after say 10 days it picked up and bigger then ever. my new neighbors love it I bet yours will too. An update: The same neighbor came by and asked if there was a way to shield my light (pictured) for his house. The shop you see (980' away) is where he lives. There is also a 4th leaf almond orchard in-between us now as well. I said I didn't know of anything and shrugged my shoulders.
  9. Talked to the guy again today seem much more interested in my display so I asked wha the meant in our last conversation. He stated that he and his wife moved out to the country for quiet and the had just discussed the cars before I showed up. I relaid to him what the traffic load looks like nightly and the distance from house to house. I don't think we have a problem anymore.
  10. I'm not worried about it. Just thought it was selfish to worry about slightly increased traffic (in the country) when you like the show. Our home ranch is 150 acres and he is a 3rd of a mile down the road.
  11. Looks like I was the last to post in this category so here I go again. I saw a new neighbor moving in while on the tractor. So I stopped to introduce my self and see if he would like me to disk his weeds while I was at it. He was very friendly and all went well until he stopped me from walking back to my tractor with; wait a minuet, we have been out to see your christmas display for many years. Your done doing that right? We don't want all those cars driving down our street. I was polite and said; well I plan on doing the display until I'm to old to. In the conversation I got around to saying you knew about it before you rented here. He ended by saying nice meeting you, we'll see about that display. Great.
  12. Did you reinforce the couplers in any way?
  13. I think i'm starting to really like the Hamberg displays.
  14. http://www.advertisingballoons.com/heliumballs.htm Hi, The above is the site. I asked of a ball with nothing on it. They usually print on them so the had a hard time understanding. I got the 10' ball.
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