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.
We have been decorating together for 10 years but Bobby has decorated his mothers house for 32 years this year, and for the past 3 years we have been decorating our house right next door. Married and have 3 children 2 girls 9 & 11 and a 20 year old son.
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About my display
Our display grows every year. We decorate two homes side by side. To turn on the light we flip 62 20 amp breakers. We use a 60' lift to putwrap two 55' maple trees with over 50,000 light is each. We also use the same lift to put 8,500 c-7 into a 35' cedar tree. This year we added another big tree, a 75' pin tree with 45,000 lights. We have a glassed in room with approximately 140 animated dolls. We were featured on a show called Crazy Christmas Lights on TLC in 2007, Wal Mart used a photo of my mothers home in over 27 magazines in 2007, Cracker Barrel used a phote in an advertisment book in there restraubt about 16 years ago. We have been in two different Christmas books. We start putting up lights the second weekend in September. We work on it everyday several hours and 10-15 hours a day on the weekends. We light up on Thanksgiving. Take down is about a total of 7 days.