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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Has got to be bringing my son home in a stocking Christmas Eve of 1997 (he was born Dec. 22).
  • Location
    Broken Arrow, Ok.
  • Biography
    I've been putting up Christmas Lights since I was a teenager. This year I'll be at 100,000 lights, about 129 blowmolds, 43 yard art displays, 42 of the wire mesh figures, and I'm currently displaying 32 telco motionettes . Yes, I have a Christmas problem...but it's fun!!!!
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    house painter/retired teacher
  • About my display
    Well, I've mentioned the basic facts. I have a little over an acre to display and I'm located on a major highway in town. I have around 45 animated figures (motionettes) and I've build trains, castles, skating rings, Victorian Houses, and a few other outdoor structures to display them.

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  1. Those really look nice. Over the years I've slowly gone through several, and I have had to start switching between Halloween and Christmas backings, depending on the season. Finally, last year I just traced the outline of one of the old backing plates on a milk jug, cut out three and hot glued them together. I cut out a slit for the chord and then screwed the light kid onto the plastic. It actually worked. Seeing as how I'm usually 10 years behind everyone else, I'm guessing this trick has been used by many others?
  2. Just did. Have some one let us know how things are going when you can.
  3. Although I got into a discussion a while back with some guys who mentioned the safety plug had been around since the 1960's, I think what we think of as safety plugs probably starts in the late 1980's. Those would look great at Easter.
  4. So anyway of knowing the age? Was blowing (?) them a certain color rather than painting them done with many blow molds?
  5. So, what do the green post look like when they're lit up? Can you see anything underneath the green paint?
  6. I've never seen them either. Is there anyway they could have been stripped and repainted?
  7. Anything that's come out in the last 30 years, with the exception of Michael Bubble of course!
  8. I went to Sapulpa (about 20 miles from my home in Broken Arrow) and for the first time visited their downtown antique shops, which got me to wondering...what small towns have great antique shops for finding Christmas decorations of any kind. So, I'd love for everyone to mention what small towns they've had success with. I'm looking for towns with lots of shops, although if there's one town (such as Blackwell, Ok) that has a honey hole you love to hit around October or November, that would be great too! Don't leave me hanging.
  9. When and where will the Christmas Expo 2019 occur? I've never been to one, but I am thinking about it.
  10. From what I could see of the prices, there's certainly no "steals" there, and I almost think you'd have a better chance on the some of the on line sites. You've got several months before next year's decorating begins, so you might see what else you can find out there before paying those prices. One hundred dollars for a reindeer, new or not, seems very steep.
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    I'm twiddling my thumbs waiting for Walmart to go %75 off. Should be today or tomorrow if the last 20 years are any indication.
  12. I suspect everyone has already said to themselves, "Next year I'm going to..." So, I'm curious: what is everyone doing differently next year? As for me, I'm hoping to get my septic system replaced with a new aerobic system and to have a real french drain installed in the pasture so I'll be able to have a trail for people to walk completely around my house and into the side yard.
  13. That's stunning. You really have something special. Thanks for sharing it with us.
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    We hit the first Walmart by us at 6 a.m. and I bought the bare essentials I needed. We hit two other Walmarts before 7:30 a.m. and when I walked into the third one, low and behold, they had one yellow hanging bell in a mangled box...that never looked better! I don't know if you all remember, but I'd hit every Walmart in the Tulsa metro area and even had the main manager check inventories at other Walmarts around northeaster Oklahoma two months ago for the bells and the lanterns...nothing. So, why would this bell have turned up today, in a Walmart and had already checked weeks ago, in a state that apparently didn't get any shipments this year? I'm serious, I really would like to understand how that happens.
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    I understood every word until you got to b-u-d-g-e-t...how do you pronounce that, and what does it mean?
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