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  • 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.
  • 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. The staff is working on the next PlanetChristmas Magazine but we need more stories. Now is your chance to write for a digital publication read all around the world and in the process maybe become famous! We're looking for articles centered around Christmas decorating. It can be anything from building a pixel tree to fixing a broken ornament. We're also looking for time-saving tips with a goal to get more people decorating for this holiday season. Know how to store a lot of lights in a small space? We want to know how you do it. How do you keep track of a zillion extension cords? Share your tricks with others. Fixed a broken figure in a nativity scene? No doubt others have had the same challenge and can learn from you. Inquiring minds really want to know! If you have a new Christmas-centric product, want the world to know about it and can write a story describing how it can be used, then we're interested. Our only request is to save plugging your company until the last paragraph of the article. Scared about writing? Don't be. Write what you know about and it will be easy. Don't worry about how many words or the length of the story. PlanetChristmas editors will make sure you look great. Send us an email if you're interesting in writing for the magazine: articles@planetchristmas.com
  2. Better than ever before, the new and improved Fall 2014 issue of PlanetChristmas Magazine has hit the streets! Here’s a peek at what’s inside: Back to the Future Edition Blow Molds – all you ever wanted to know 10 ways to get into the lucrative Christmas business Vampire plugs revisited LED string repair Indoor decorating Build a leaping arch … and so much more! Because we want to be good for the environment, PlanetChristmas Magazine is all digital. No paper and no postage needed. What does that mean for you? It’s free! Touch the magazine cover above or click here.
  3. We're working on the next issue of PlanetChristmas Magazine with the theme "2014: the Year of the Pixel' What's a pixel? You need to wait for the magazine. If you've had 'pixel experience' incorporating this technology into your Christmas lighting display, we want to hear from you. You can send a letter to the editor at letters@planetchristmas.com or if you think you want to write an article for the magazine, email me at chuck@planetchristmas.com