Jump to content
News Ticker
  • 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.
  • 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.

Virginia

State in the USA

118 topics in this forum

  1. Hampton Roads Area

    • 226 replies
    • 17,991 views
  2. Mini Plus 2010

    • 130 replies
    • 7,976 views
  3. Displays in VA

    • 42 replies
    • 4,328 views
  4. Virginia Mini

    • 56 replies
    • 3,865 views
  5. TLC Filming dates

    • 27 replies
    • 3,453 views
    • 44 replies
    • 3,353 views
    • 25 replies
    • 3,262 views
  6. Snow!!!

    • 26 replies
    • 3,037 views
    • 66 replies
    • 2,246 views
  7. Alexandria

    • 15 replies
    • 2,175 views
  8. Tour of Tidewater

    • 16 replies
    • 2,103 views
    • 17 replies
    • 1,994 views
    • 19 replies
    • 1,962 views
    • 44 replies
    • 1,885 views
  9. VA Mini Plus 2011

    • 27 replies
    • 1,794 views
    • 20 replies
    • 1,692 views
  10. Need your votes

    • 19 replies
    • 1,675 views
    • 14 replies
    • 1,621 views
    • 40 replies
    • 1,567 views
  11. new to the site

    • 12 replies
    • 1,558 views
    • 6 replies
    • 1,504 views
  12. Va. Mini Plus

    • 28 replies
    • 1,373 views
    • 34 replies
    • 1,327 views
    • 8 replies
    • 1,313 views
  13. Good Grief, is it COLD!

    • 11 replies
    • 1,312 views
×