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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.
Josh

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Reading this thread has been enlightening. Are these the same pieces on display in Branson, Missouri at The Shepherd of the Hills on the Trail of Lights driving tour? Welcome to the thread, keep checking in there is always a lot to see & learn here. As for the Shepherd of the Hills tour I have never seen it but I did look it up. It seems like a huge Christmas light walk through with some animation & some of the animation I saw is some of the same pieces of animation that we all have and / or are looking to buy. But to be general the animation is similar if not the same from what I saw.
They have a LOT of the elves and santas, animals, etc. We just went again last night. It looks like they have added a fair amount. The gift shop has a DVD tour as well.

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The last video was a guy from the other video "Kings of Christmas" Steve, Gary and several others were in there as well. I have probably watched it 50 times!  lol

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Is this ebay seller on crack? or am I just far to un-intelligent to see 2700+ dollars in value for a single piece... ?

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It's the set of 3 Mary Joseph and the Baby. Basically this is the regular price of what they were new. Jesus was $525, Joseph was $1275 and Mary was $1195.

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If you price out the workshop gnomes it definatly works out & add in the dog & clock which you will hardly ever see I think it is a good deal.Also because of the plexi glass & it is a built display on wheels.. Just where the hell would you put it in the off season. gnomes for the money.As for the other display that they have, well I would just stick to the workshop gnomes

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