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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 BamaSanta

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Buying my first blow mold Christmas decorations, 2 Noel candles and a Santa Claus and 2 strings of lights.
  • Location
    Alabama
  • Biography
    I love to decorate the house for the pleasure of the neighborhood.
  • Interests
    Christmas and anything Christmas
  • Occupation
    self employed
  • About my display
    Been collecting for over 30 years and have mostly blow mold decorations

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  1. Although I didn’t come along til 1967 I still remember the window displays in downtown and nothing this day and time compares to back then.
  2. I always have loved the classics. Don’t like it when they do remakes of the classics.
  3. Thank you so much Chuck. Really enjoy browsing the sites.
  4. I found it helpful. But there were several blow mold listings that are out of date. Just love Planet Christmas. No problems with the site.
  5. Where did the vendor listings go to with the new update?
  6. Check with Jeff Carter also. He may have plans also.
  7. Great looking display. Everything looks awesome. I remember that door panel from when I was younger.
  8. That looks AWESOME!!! Love the candy cane theme with the red and white pixels.
  9. BigJ, Looking good. Can’t wait to see it finished. As I type this it is just pouring rain here.
  10. OMG! Reminds me so much of when I was a child. A neighborhood decorated every year with the cutouts like that. Those were the good old days. Great job Jeff!
  11. Love the Pink Panther. Looks great.
  12. Just an update on my father: He passed away on Sunday June 3, 2018 at 4:25 pm surrounded by our family and friends here at home. He lived like 4 1/2 days from coming home. No regrets in anything because he was happy to come home. Just continue to keep us in your prayers if you will. Thanks again for the thoughts and prayers. Jerry
  13. Got to bring my father home yesterday after 98 days in the hospital since February 7 of this year. The sad thing is that we came home under hospice care. With my fathers age and health problems there is nothing more than can do for him. He made the decision to do this because he is tired of fighting. With this decision means no more dialysis so it will not take long foe the enevitable to happen. Thank you all for all of the thoughts and prayers you have lifted up for my father. Please just keep my family in your prayers, especially my mom. They were married 55 years back on March 17. There is a lot of love there and she will be lost without him. Thanks Planet Christmas Family, Jerry
  14. Hello Planet Christmas Family, Just an update on my father. We have had a MAJOR setback with him. He has been in the hospital now for 1 month. One week in the regular part of the hospital and the other 3 weeks in the long term care part of the hospital receiving IV antibiotics. He is now doing much better. Has now begin dialysis 3 times a week and is (knock on wood) being transferred to a rehab facility to work on physical therapy for 21 days. The doctors strongly recommended the rehab since he has been in the bed now for like 4 and a half weeks. Been doing some therapy in the hospital but this is going to be more intense kind of therapy. Just keep in your prayers for me and ask the Lord to heal his body and let me have my father back at least for a little while longer. Thanks all. Jerry
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