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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 mountaineer_57

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  • Birthday 06/19/1951

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Just remember always being intrigued by Christmas lights as a kid.
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  • Biography
    just a Christmas freak and would like to do more in the way of hand made decorations.
  • Interests
    woodworking, gardening, winter sports
  • Occupation
    self-employed restaurantuer
  • About my display
    Lights, Lights, and more Lights.......I try and theme my yard differently every year. this year will be "Stars"

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  1. Wondered if you could give me anymore information about this gathering? I googled it and nothing came up. Are you planning to attend? Thanks, Joe
  2. I'm planning to attend as well. Waiting for some hotel info to make the reservations.
  3. Home Depot (MI) has 100's clear and multi for $2.69 everyday price. As an employee I'll try and keep everyone up on what's transpiring.
  4. I would be interested in attending as well. I'm also somewhat of a newbie. Joe.
  5. You can order them from the winfield collection they have a web site as well. I have ordered many things from them and have had great results. My biggest problem is finding the time to make all the things that I have ordered.
  6. Someone else from West Michigan? Can it be? I grew up in Grand Haven and live outside of Grand Rapids. I was hoping to find others in this area to share tips, tricks, ideas and experiences with.

  7. Yes I live in Muskegon/Norton Shores. Was hoping to see other displays in the area and what ideas others have.

  8. I take it you are from this area?

  9. Just noticed that you were from Muskegon and wanted talk and see a fellow decorator in the area. Hope your holidays were "grand"!

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