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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
    Seeing animated figures at macys
  • Location
    New jersey
  • Biography
    Looking for ideas for my display
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    Fishing Christmas
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    Telecom engineer
  • About my display
    Just starting

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  1. Great video thank you, I’ll be making some animated lawn figures this summer. This video was very useful.. ty
  2. Charlie I’m open to anything right now, weather it be carolers, snowmen, elves/gnomes Santa’s , Mrs. Claus.. anything really that i can start making scenes... thank you Zman thank you very much for all the useful information!!! Greatly appreciated I agree that history needs to be preserved, that’s why i love the old animatronics and also all the new stuff! I’m incoperating both into my display. Thank you again nick
  3. Hello Zman and thank you for the warm welcome into this insanity lol... I’m completely obsessing over doing this display. I wanna do it all at once but I’m going to have to build it up each year... anyway , I’m looking for anamatronic animated peices like David Hamberger, Rki etc... new or old... I’m also looking for outdoor fiberglass or resin Santa’s , snowmen, elf’s, gingerbread men, etc... thank you in advance nick
  4. Hello everyone! I'm new to this site, but i was hoping someone on here could help. I'm building my Christmas Animated and Light display for my home and am having a hard time finding animated figures. If anyone here knows where i could find them or if anyone on here is selling them please let me know. I'm looking for any kind, except those "cheap" looking ones. I already have a bunch of Hamberger and RKI. I'm open to anything. Thanks in advance Nick
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