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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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About christmas_nut

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    Cut-out Canadian
  • Birthday 03/12/1982

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    All of them.
  • Location
    Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
  • Biography
    I've been decorating since I was about 14 and love the whole christmas season.
  • Interests
    Christmas and Halloween
  • Occupation
    Maintenance Manager
  • About my display
    It's growing every year.

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  1. Like the title says. On October 29 my mother passed away. 5 days before we found out she had late stage 4 cancer. My mother is and forever will be the reason I decorate for Christmas. I have never done a lighting ceremony nor do what it should entail. I want to honor my mother . My display is static. Withe lots of cutouts. Has anyone else out there done anything like this. I was going to play its beginning to look a lot like Christmas and hand out candy canes. I plan on inviting family only. Many of which have never seen my display before. It feels like I'm not doing enough. Any suggestions will be appreciated. This is just a sample from this year
  2. I am gonna be doing a Nightmare Before Christmas scene this year. I also plan on using my cemetery from Halloween. The cemetery will be pushed back and be to the right of the shed.
  3. Finished this a couple weeks ago.
  4. Made this today for Halloween night. I am going to print off a poster saying something along the lines of "full size candy bars inside for the scaredy-cats" 100_0734.MOV
  5. Wood for the legs and waist and 3/4" pvc for the upper body.
  6. This is the first time I have ever attempted a "human" prop. It took longer than expected but I am just about finished. I also found that dressing a prop is like dressing a toddler, no help from either.
  7. Been working on this on and off. This is the first time distressing one of my stones with an airbrush. I think it turned out pretty good.
  8. Many new cut outs done and pictures posted.

  9. Working on a new cut out and repairing and repainting some old ones. I will post some pictures whrn I am done.
  10. Just added new pictures in the cutouts section

  11. Finished my Halloween cutouts. And a few Christmas ones to. Currently carving a tombstone to add to the cemetery this year.

  12. Finally finished the columns and fence. Sorry no camera to speak of yet. Pictures will come soon.

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