Welcome to a Buy Local Michigan Christmas.  We wish you a Merry Christmas. The Christmas story is found in Luke chapter 2:1-20. In wishing you a Merry Christmas we at Buy Local Michigan and DW Video & Multimedia, LLC wanted to share some interesting findings.

We all know who Thomas Edison is.  He was also known for his wacky stunts.  Christmas of 1880 he went for the sentimental rather than shock value. In 18080 Thomas Edison brought us the first electric Christmas light display. SOURCE: http://gizmodo.com/5425395/christmas-lights-the-brief-and-strangely-interesting-history-of

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For many years the Christmas Tree has been a symbol of Christmas dating back to the 17th Century in Germany. The fir tree symbolized the tree of life in the Garden of Eden. The evergreen fir tree is a sign of hope throughout the winter season.  It started with candles, not lights on the tree and represents have a deeper meaning showing Christ, Specifically, his self-giving love and gift of life to us.  The warmth and glow provides hope.  SOURCE: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1544250/posts

Now, where did Santa come from?  The legend of Santa Claus can be traced back hundreds of years to a monk named St. Nicholas. It is believed that Nicholas was born sometime around 280 A.D. in Patara, near Myra in modern-day Turkey. Much admired for his piety and kindness, St. Nicholas became the subject of many legends.  For more on the story and the source of the above information go to http://www.history.com/topics/christmas/santa-claus. The story continues: St. Nicholas made his first inroads into American popular culture towards the end of the 18th century. In December 1773, and again in 1774, a New York newspaper reported that groups of Dutch families had gathered to honor the anniversary of his death. The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick’s Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas).

For many businesses around Michigan the Christmas season keeps the economy alive.  For many it provides them income for the entire year.  For others, well lets say it all helps. This is not just for retailers.  Michigan is the nation’s second largest grower of Christmas trees.

Have a Buy Local Michigan Christmas and a Happy New Year!  May peace, joy and love be with you and your family today and everyday!  Buy Local Michigan is produced by DW Video & Multimedia, LLC.  Copyright 2015

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