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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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Tara

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Hi! I'm new here.Well sorta. I've know about planet christmas for about 2 years. I'm engaged to Brad Caudill. And I love Christmas about as much as he does.

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Welcome Tara.. Glad to see you decided to join. Not sure why as you know I am on the computer all the time so you will have to fight me for it to check out PC messages. :laughing::waycool::devil:

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Welcome, Tara! I knew you had to know Brad somehow since I saw that you're in the same town. Stop by and make a post or three every once in a while when he lets you on the computer in between all of his posting!

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Thanks I think I will.He lets me on the compute more than he is letting on.:rudolph::waycool::smilingelf:

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Nice to see all the better halfs starting to come out of the woodwork to post and say hi. Tara welcome, and just remember whatever brad has said about me is a TOTAL lie. LOL Nice to have you around, my wife has her own acct on here to, but has been busy taking care of things around the house to post lately.

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Welcome.

Did you say your are engaged to Brad?:laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::laughing::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock::shock:

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Tara! How the heck are ya! I'm glad to seeyou posting on here, its about time! (Now that you've joined, maybe I can convince Dave to do the same.)

Are you two going to come up for theChicago Mini this summer? I'll try to find us a good place for bumper boats and this time around, Tara,I'll hold your purse!:laughing:

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Carrie,

You can't steal them away from the SC mini!:shock:Though I have to admit, two would be nice...might have to save up my own money...I'm into the bumper boats and other stuff, too, and I'm HIGHLY competitive! Move over Brad...here comes Kenny!

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Yeah I would love to come up there this summer. But we will have to wait and see. Tell Dave to join we can come up with a spouse section.:laughing:

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