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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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Some of my 2017 Indoor Displays

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You are after my 10 year old boy heart!  I had that GI Joe set and Major Matt Mason as a kid.  Fantastic display.  We just acquired the fireplace and have been trying to figure out what to do.  Now I know.  Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!

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Wow, I just love those cardboard fireplaces.  We still have ours wrapped up in the basement from when we moved.  I will not get rid of it even though we have a real fireplace now.  The one my family had, when I was a kid, had a bulb holder with the raised pin that you put the bladed/fanned spinner thing on it and the heat from the bulb made it turn.  It was supposed to look like a flickering flame and I loved it! :) 

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Cardboard fireplaces just scream "60s/70s" don't they?  This one was made by toymaster; and it does have the "flicker" feature described above.   I purchased it on ebay a few years ago.   I originally wanted to get the model that also has the cardboard chimney but then i wouldn't have the place to display the centerpieces.

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21 hours ago, Big J Illinois said:

Where do you get one of those fireplaces from?

We got ours many years ago from a garden center store that became a Christmas store for the holidays.  

 

20 hours ago, xander35803 said:

Cardboard fireplaces just scream "60s/70s" don't they?  This one was made by toymaster; and it does have the "flicker" feature described above.   I purchased it on ebay a few years ago.   I originally wanted to get the model that also has the cardboard chimney but then i wouldn't have the place to display the centerpieces.

They really do! :) 

You are so lucky to have the spinner thing for the flicker effect!!

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yes it is an aluminum tree; its similar to the one we had when i was a kid (ours was only a 6' but this one is 7').   i also have a vintage color wheel but i took it offline this year (the motor is going out on it and it uses a huge spotlight bulb (hot!) that i don't like to leave unattended) and replaced it with an LED multicolor bulb that does a color fade that nails the color wheel effect.   You can't see it in the picture but i replaced the tree's stand with a poloron tin litho stand.   These trees are a pain to decorate; the branches don't stay in the trunk very well and they don't support much weight so it was slow go getting the ornaments hung.   The blue teardrops are poland glass but the rest are jewelbrite plastic ornaments (which are lighter weight and less prone to break)

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We ordered a very beautiful canvas https://texelprintstore.com/collections/world-maps-wall-art/1-panel with a new year theme. We think to give it or leave it to ourself, and order a sister similar. Looks very cool!

We ordered a very beautiful canvas https://texelprintstore.com/collections/world-maps-wall-art/1-panel with a new year theme. We think to give it or leave it to ourself, and order a sister similar. Looks very cool!

We ordered a very beautiful canvas https://texelprintstore.com/collections/world-maps-wall-art/1-panel with a new year theme. We think to give it or leave it to ourself, and order a sister similar. Looks very cool!

We ordered a very beautiful canvas https://texelprintstore.com/collections/world-maps-wall-art/1-panel with a new year theme. We think to give it or leave it to ourself, and order a sister similar. Looks very cool!

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