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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.
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  • 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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Very Nice. You must have been working all year long on these. I went Grinch this year because of a recent room addition with huge windows overlooking a canyon in our backyard. I put all of my lights between the windows and the canyon and none left for the front yard this year. The people on the other side of the canyon seem to be reciprocating by putting up lights their backyards. So this year I get to sit in the new addition and look at my lights instead of not seeing them in the front yard. Here is a photo of the totality of the front yard display.

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I actually got the idea one morning, by the evening I had the characters drawn out and cut. Took about 3 days to paint everything up in the evenings. Then a couple days for the exterior varnish to dry.

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I use paint pens, they're available at Michael's or Hobby Lobby or probably most craft, arts store will have them. It's easier to get a consistent line thickness with a paint pen then a brush with varying amounts of paint on it. Permanent markers will work too.

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Very Nice. You must have been working all year long on these. I went Grinch this year because of a recent room addition with huge windows overlooking a canyon in our backyard. I put all of my lights between the windows and the canyon and none left for the front yard this year. The people on the other side of the canyon seem to be reciprocating by putting up lights their backyards. So this year I get to sit in the new addition and look at my lights instead of not seeing them in the front yard. Here is a photo of the totality of the front yard display.

I really like your Grinch. Great job!

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I actually got the idea one morning, by the evening I had the characters drawn out and cut. Took about 3 days to paint everything up in the evenings. Then a couple days for the exterior varnish to dry.

What kind of varnish are you using?

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WOW! Did you free hand those drawings? I am looking into adding a few cutouts this year. There is no way I can draw them free hand though. I am sure there are great templates available, if someone could point me in the right direction. I'm off to research now. Thanks for sharing the beauty, and Happy New Year!

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Those are Disneyfantastic. Outstanding!!!!!

Amazing I love them one disney fanatic to another I have 39 hidden mickey on my display already

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