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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. 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.
  • 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.


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  1. thanks so much for the wonderful pictures and tips, uptownguy2000. Have a great holiday season
  2. mikemack - thank you for the picture and the information. Any details help that you can offer me in how to secure the inflatable on the roof is greatly appreciated. I have an 6ft tall Santa inflatable that I like to put on my roof. The contractor told me that there are several ways to do so but they all will damage my roof in the long term so he does not recommend of doing it. He stated that any screws or anchors that are used to secure the Santa onto the roof will be rusty due to the weather, and it will create a leakage on my roof. I told him that I saw people putting inflatables on their root, but he still insists that it will damage their roof in a couple of years. I appreciate all the help that you can offer. Thank you in advance.