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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.

John Coen

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About John Coen

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  • Birthday 10/19/1964

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The Christmas Story
  • Location
    Lancaster, Ohio
  • Biography
    Director of Creative Outreach Ministries in Lancaster, Ohio
  • Interests
    Singing, Magic, Puppets, Clowning, Haunt design, Christmas decorating
  • Occupation
    Director of Creative Outreach Ministries at First United Methodist Church
  • About my display
    An almost life-size indoor Fontanini nativity display. We currently have 21 pieces in our display and we add sets and scenery to compliment the display. Arranged so viewers "walk through" Bethlehem and feel like they are a character in the display. Sounds and smells add to the experience.

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  1. Im like Deeny. Head of a Nativity Festival so I buy interesting sets at thrift stores to insure that there will be enough displays should people wimp out. Don't know how many. I have a "pallet"-o-nativities though!
  2. When I sit by myself and look at our nativity display I often get teary thinking about the humble way that Jesus came to Earth. And knowing that He did it so that I could have eternal life is really moving.
  3. "God Is Bigger Than The Boogie Man"-Veggie Tales "The Devil's In the Phone Booth Dialing 911"
  4. We added a forced perspective street to Bethlehem for our almost life-size Fontanini display. Also added additional star projections.
  5. My co-worker says, "Nothing says Christmas like blowing up the nativity!"
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