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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.

Mark Ritter

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About Mark Ritter

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday 01/11/1963

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The Birth of Jesus
  • Location
    Centreville, Virginia, USA
  • Biography
    Love Christmas decorations
  • Interests
    Blowmolds
  • Occupation
    Network Administrator
  • About my display
    I married my wonderful wife in 1985. After living in numerous apartments for 13 years, we finally bought our first house in Centreville, VA. in 1998. The house is on a corner lot, with a large yard - perfect for putting up Christmas decorations! I always wanted to decorate my yard with Christmas decorations , and I purchased my first outdoor decorations that year. I purchased a life sized blow mold manger scene and a few light strings for around the roof line. It looked nice, but I wanted to take my love of Christmas decorating to a new level. Every year I added to the display and now have around 25,000 LED lights with countless lit up figures, animated scenes, and a set of light up blow mold soldiers which stand at attention all along the perimeter of my yard.

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  1. Memorial Day weekend - No will be at the NASCAR race in Charolette NC How about the May 21st Mark Ritter
  2. Al and Esther Thompson from Richmond want to come to if it is ok?
  3. Can I still come. just found out about it yesterday. Also I have some extra blowmolds that I want to sell. Anyone interested in them let me know and I will load up the van and bring them down. About 15 different types of santa's. Mark
  4. We have a gentleman in Northern Virginia that uses his roof. From what I can tell he drills screws right into the roof. Here are some pictures of his house. http://www.fairfaxchristmaslights.com/tcl2.php?rate=1&xid=1010 Mark
  5. I also use these stakes to tie down my trees and my arch. They are great because they have holes predrilled in them to run the guy wire through them. Mark
  6. If you fly how are you getting it home? You renting your own plane? LOL Mark
  7. What day you going to go. Maybe I'll meet you there. I am going to make a trip this year. Mark
  8. Would you know, like I know, that 40 cords only cost $11.99 in shipping? Mark LOL
  9. just ordered 40 for myself and it was only around 12.00 shipping for all of them. Mark
  10. Looks good Dave! Now I feel like I am even further behind this year. Mark
  11. Don't tell the other blow mold collectors on here, but I drill 2 holes in the bottom and put in 12 inch spikes into the ground. They don't move and no one can slide them up off of the rebar like they did the one year I had them tied down with rebar.
  12. Great finds Shawn! Just let me know what you want to sell me for $4 a piece and you would double your money. Mark
  13. Thanks for the kind words from you and all the other PC'ers. Just trying to keep up with all the other wonderful displays from my fellow Planet Christmas members. Mark
  14. Please don't let my wife here you say that. She is already telling me that I have to much stuff in the yard. I keep telling that you can't have bare spots or the grass will grow to long and we don't want our grass to look like no one is cutting it. So put more decorations out to keep the grass down. LOL And no, she doesn't really buy that excuse or any of the other ones that I tell her when a new box shows up at our door. Thank goodness she love me alot or I would be dead for sure. Mark
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