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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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  • 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. Check with Jeff Carter also. He may have plans also.
  2. Great looking display. Everything looks awesome. I remember that door panel from when I was younger.
  3. That looks AWESOME!!! Love the candy cane theme with the red and white pixels.
  4. BigJ, Looking good. Can’t wait to see it finished. As I type this it is just pouring rain here.
  5. 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!
  6. Love the Pink Panther. Looks great.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Well I am still here and post when I can. One thing we all need to remember is that this site is what we as a group make of it. I love the ideas and all of the general knowledge that is available on here. Don't know of anywhere else that this information is available without all of the drama and such that is on Facebook. I'll never join it nor do I want to. Come to have love PLANET CHRISTMAS!!!! Hopefully everyone will come around and begin posting again. Holidays will be here again soon and it will be planning time again to prepare the 2018 display. Jerry
  11. My dad got to come home today from the hospital. Was so relieved when the doctor came in and said he could come home. Also told us that the pathology report said that he his cancer free now and all of the cancer was removed during the surgery. Thank you all for the prayers that you all offered up on his behalf. Don't know what I would do without all of you- my Planet Christmas family. I will keep you updated on his progress. ?
  12. UPDATE!!!!! My father went through his surgery well and was doing well. But there was a setback yesterday and he was moved into ICU. His potassium and other blood numbers are up and they are going to dialyize him to try to get the numbers back down. I just ask that you all keep your praying!!! Prayer always works. Thanks for all of the prayers and kind words. Will keep you all updated. Jerry
  13. Hey Planet Christmas Family, Just an UPDATE on my father. We go tomorrow (Wednesday, February 7, 2018) at 10:30 a.m. for surgery on my father. He is going to have the whole bladder and prostate out at the same time. The doctor says the operation will last 5-6 hours, and there will be two doctors in the operating room when it is done. Just please keep him in your prayers tomorrow if you will. Ill keep you all posted on his progress. Thanks for all of the previous thoughts and prayers. Jerry
  14. Hey Planet Christmas Family, UPDATE on my fathers health. Today (January 24, 2018) my family received news that we have been dreading. The last procedure that he had was last Tuesday (January 16, 2018) and the surgeon removed two more smaller tumor from the bladder. Went to the doctor this morning and was told that those two tumors were cancerous also and that these two tumors had grown through the inner lining of the bladder and into the muscle that is between the two linings of the bladder. He said that the bladder HAS to come out to prevent the cancer from spreading any further. When they do the procedure they are going to remove the prostate also at the same time. I just humbly come to you all asking that you keep my father in your prayers. I have prayed and prayed and have decided to drop all of my lawn cutting customers except for a couple to stay here and help out my mother as much as possible. She cant do it by herself and my brother works two full time jobs already. He seems to be in good spirits right now. No surgery date as of yet but will let you all know when it is. Thanks for the prayers you have sent our way and any more would greatly be appreciated. Jerry
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