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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 slankard

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    • Birthday 08/27/1960

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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, over 300blowmolds, 60 or 70 yard art displays, 60-70 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. Just bought two nomes and.......two green soldiers!! Finally found them. Walmart is really all in on new blow molds and I’m impressed with the quality and the price.
    2. Thanks for posting. I wasn’t aware of the Christmas nomes. Now I’ll be looking for them and the green soldiers.
    3. We went by a Walmart today, and I was so impressed with their blow molds that I bought the dog and the penguin. They really look good lit up (I promise I’ll download pics when I can). We don’t have the green toy soldiers. I was thinking few states carried those last year. Has anyone outside of Texas found the soldiers at their Walmart?
    4. It’s an amazing site that I think Big J had mentioned months ago. I just bought two Union Teddy bears for $66 total. It’s hard to find those on sleaze-bay for less than $50 each, not counting shipping costs.
    5. I guess the Lowe’s pixies did it over night, but I walked in to our lowes here in broken arrow and all of the Christmas was out. If there’s one thing that would brighten this sucktacukar year, it would be Christmas! They’ve added a good sized Santa, maybe three feet tall or a bit more, so I grabbed an African American Santa for $69. I hated to pay that much, but I can’t gripe about the lack of blow molds and then not buy one when they produce them.
    6. Congratulations on the switch. I think you’ll love the look and the power savings. I’d love to see you’re display if you wouldn’t mind posting when you’re done.
    7. Nevermind, I just typed in the description and pics popped up....Grand Venture. Now I have to decide if I want to drive two hours to buy him for $25.
    8. Who produced the Santa with the bag holding the single toy soldier? I can’t locate it on blowmolded.
    9. The problem lm running into is the 36 inch deep trench. The smallest trencher I’ve found that will go that deep weighs over a ton, so I’d have to come up with a trailer to boot. I know it sounds strange, but I keep thinking of my dad and my uncles frank, Ernie, Cecil, and burl, and how they all had telephone poles sticking in their backyards with drop lines running to them. I kind of like the idea. They were close to 20 feet tall so you never really noticed them. I asked the electrician to give a quote if they dig the hole and set the pole. I’ll let you all know what the cost is for that
    10. My 20 year dream has finally come true: I’m having a new meter and service set on the north side of my 11/4 acre. I can have the can, box, etc set up to 90 feet from the utility poll, which puts me within 100 feet of my big trees, house, and any spot with in the “field” as I call it. My problem is deciding whether to have the power company run a line to where the electrician will have the setup (a 12 foot 4x6 buried 40 inches, or if I trench the 80ish feet and have it laid underground. I’d love it underground ,but the size trencher I’d need to rent to cut the four inch by 36 inch deep hol
    11. I would simply repeat and agree with everything already said. I always tell my wife I could never have my display on national tv because my PCers would see all the ideas I’ve stolen from them! Either way, Chuck I hope you realize the help and encouragement your site has provided to a lot of Christmas light fanatics over the years. Thank you.
    12. Sorry late in getting back to you. Thanks, and I’m going to buy the 100 foot one inch role and play around with it.
    13. Thanks Rich. I was afraid the blue and red looked to dense. So, do you think just a regular string of Walmart leds would work in the white tubes? I’d go ahead and buy some of the white tube and see, but Lowe’s only sells it in 100 foot rolls.
    14. I’ve seen several people make arches for light shows using clear PX pipe. I’m wondering if anyone has tried using it for non light shows...can you shove led lights into it and have a lighted poll? Also, would the red or blue PX pipe glow with white leds? If it all sounds stupid, just let me know.
    15. I used my downstairs and upstairs c/h/a In a similar manner for years, until I got tired of disconnecting them every fall for Christmas and the reconnecting the units every January.
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