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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.
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Guest A.F.NUT

WOW !!!!! I have always admired you display, inside and out !!!!! I love the attention to detail !!!! Merry Christmas !!!

Thank you so much, to me it's all the little details that bring it to life. Merry Christmas to you!

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Amazing!! Love every bit of it!! You really have a great imagination and put it into the display so well...wonderful display!!

Thank you so much, there are so many things you can do with this stuff, and I love playing around with it.

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I am so glad that after Christmas slowed down I was able to come and see your wonderful display on here. I love how the Santa camp and the reindeer training turned out. I also love the arch conversion and the nice touch of the notes hanging down. Your little details like the chocolate Santa and candy land tease my eyes and imagination. I believe your entrance way is by far the best I have ever seen and you now have convinced me to hunt down a set of those Santa boots. Matt this is so amazing. Thanks for all your efforts on your display and Happy New Year!

Just curious is the vacucell carolers you have out there the same set from indoors or are you a lucky dog and own 2 sets?

Thank you so much, the holiday sure goes by so fast! I was happier than I thought with the Santas and the reindeer training was all you, my original idea was just to park them all, I liked this so much better and so did visitors, I finished the sign the night after Thanksgiving lol this was when I had to say done! The santas were an easy quick thing to do with old beat santa molds Krylon espresso and some caulking. Those boots are on ebay every once in a while, they were made by Union, I lucked into mine at the flea market. Thanks for all your kind words, I look forward to working with you the coming new year, I think this is only the begining for both of us! Just one set of carolers each, I think your thinking of the Poloron ones I have inside that are styrofoam.

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I had been collecting Santa's for Santa School for a while, just had been looking for a school, even had the sign designed, so glad to see what I envisioned displayed in real life.

Really nice display that is well thought out. Thank you.

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Tom super job!!! Great display as you usually do!!! Would be awsome to see it in person!!

Jim

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The Santa training area is a great way to use all of the Santas!

Just curious...how tall and wide is your "Believe" sign? I am planning one for 2012, and am still working out dimensions.

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Absolutley fantastic! You attention to detail is always stunning! You should have a new Santa to add to the collection pretty soon. :)

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I had been collecting Santa's for Santa School for a while, just had been looking for a school, even had the sign designed, so glad to see what I envisioned displayed in real life.

Really nice display that is well thought out. Thank you.

Thank you so much! It really is a funny way to use them. I had to keep my sign lightweight since it is hung by fishing line, can't be drilling holes in the neighbors house LOL

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Tom super job!!! Great display as you usually do!!! Would be awsome to see it in person!!

Jim

Thanks Jim, it is much brighter walking through, someday we gotta get you up here!

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The Santa training area is a great way to use all of the Santas!

Just curious...how tall and wide is your "Believe" sign? I am planning one for 2012, and am still working out dimensions.

It is just over eight feet long, actually the believe just fit on the eightf oot shhet of plywood I then added the curly thing on the B, it is almost four feet high, it's funny it looked so big on the ground, then up there it seemd smaller. And thank you, I have not used the Santas for a while so I thought it would be a fun way to use them.

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Absolutley fantastic! You attention to detail is always stunning! You should have a new Santa to add to the collection pretty soon. :)

Thanks Matt, I have so much fun with all the little details, and I thank you, can't wait to get him!

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Your display is awesome!!! Question for you how are those snowflakes mounted to your roof?

Thanks,since my roof is so flat I have them sitting up on a pine one by six painted gray then the flakes are zip tied to the board. I put two holes in the back of the board and use two shingle clips and zip tie the board to them, then another shingle clip at the bottom front tip of the flake. They don't move.

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Cool, thanks, I think I understand what your saying lol.

Sorry, really very simple the shingle tabs slide under the shingle and attach to the flake. This is one of the easiest things to put up.

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Im pretty sure I've got it, I know what you mean with have some stuff is easier than others to to put up. They biggest trouble we have is how to display everything, we move stuff all over the yard before we found a go spot for it.

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I keep asking Santa to bring you too, but all I can guess is you were on the naughty list again, which I just can't imagine! LMAO Thanks Pep

Hehehehehe maybe not too naughty!! Who knows, he might just voo doo me into witchy woman mode & send me during halloween instead.

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Hehehehehe maybe not too naughty!! Who knows, he might just voo doo me into witchy woman mode & send me during halloween instead.

I will take ya whenever I can get you!

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That is the most amazing blowmold display i have ever seen.Everything so perfectly placed and very creative with all the different themes. I Love the Santa training camp.

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