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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 GalenInTn

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  • Birthday 09/16/1967

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  • Location
    Christiana, TN
  • Biography
    Just a simple guy that loves Christmas time
  • Interests
    The lights! All those beautiful lights!
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  • About my display
    Just getting started, with 16 LOR channels and 4,000 lights.
  1. I'm in too! I would like a heads up on good hotel prices!
  2. GalenInTn

    Tennessee Mini

    I really enjoyed the mimi last year! :giggle: I'm looking forward to attending this year.
  3. This year ('09) was my first year with LOR. So I didn't have a issue with traffic. My show was 48 minutes long, no voice-overs, only 16 channels, only 5k lights. I still had several people stay and watch the whole show! Luckily I live on a wide street with fairly lite traffic and shoulders instead of curbs, so folks could pull over and park and others could easily pull around. To be perfectly honest, I was very surprised I had as many as I did.
  4. How much are you wanting for them? Clear.
  5. I'm willing to take all I can get. I want to build at least 3 arches and some mini trees. I was even thinking about putting together a couple of light poles. So, need less to say a need a few more than the none I'm coming up with!
  6. I'm not having any luck finding the lights I'm interested in around here. If anyone has ANY clear minis they're willing to part with drop me a PM.
  7. How about an ornament with the off-set stars from the state flag?
  8. I'm interested in any clear minis you have, I know I'm a bit down on the list, so I'll have to settle for what left.
  9. Thanks Roger, I'll drop you a line if I make it over to that area Thanks Chad, I'll get you a PM.
  10. I finally got my display up and running. Now I want to see what others are doing. Who all has displays going in the Nashville/Murfreesboro area? Feel free to PM me if you don't want to post your address.
  11. I've enjoyed .977, they have several channels, including a Christmas channel. Here's their link: http://www.977music.com/
  12. Thank you Tony. That was well written and I appreciate and agree with the sentiment of every word. Having served in the first gulf war, I found a new understanding of what it meant to "Be an American." I am thankful to ALL that have sacrificed (or will sacrifice) to give us what many take for granted.
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