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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.
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  • 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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Hubby and I have been trying to curb our spending, what with the economy and several high-end bills in a 6-months period (new car, renovating our bathrooms, etc.). But I just can't give up 50% off holiday decorations. Besides, I don't look at it as spending a lot of money...I see it as SAVING $375 (grin). So this year I got:

Orange LED icicle lights (6 boxes)

2 more light-up plastic pumpkins (one is HUGE - 3' tall) for the pumpkin patch

2 light-up "haunted trees"

Life-sized ghoulish scarecrow

Life-sized ordinary ghoul

Small hanging ghoul

Foam buzzard

2 light-up pumpkins with fog feature

6 mini fog makers

Prolly some other stuff too, that I don't remember off the top of my head.

Now I just have to figure out where I'm going to PUT it all, until next year.

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You sound like me and all of the Christmas decoration's that I've bought these past 2 month's at yard sale's ,flea market's ,Goodwill and Hobby Lobby. :D

Right now it is stacked behind the couch,beside the tv, in one corner of the bedroom and in the bedroom closet . I just can't see packing it all down stairs when I'd just have to tote it back up after Thanksgiving.

When I bring up what is downstairs from the past few year's that I've collected ,I'm going to go through it and get rid of stuff that I no longer want so I can make room for the "new" stuff.

My b/f says that we need a bigger house so I have room's to put everything in to decorate .

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I didn't even go out this year. Not much out there I even want and I am running out of room fast to store stuff. I enjoy more looking year round everywhere for blowmolds and such.

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My fiance and I went out to yesterday to Target, Walmart, and 2 Big Lots. She's not a big Halloween decorating fan, but was picking out items left and right (gotta love her). We didn't have that much for our Halloween display this year, but we did get a lot of compliments on our display and animated skeleton in the coffin. This is what we picked up at the stores:

Life-size animated Butler

Orange LED lights

5 different tombstones (the heavier ones, not the foam ones)

a bag of bones

another fog machine with juice and remote timer

spider webs

masks

pumpkin strobe lights

36" animated spider

light up spider web

and other little things for next year

Now it's time to prepare for Christmas!! WOOHOO!!! Last year we picked up a TON of stuff after Christmas and we are both looking forward to putting it out this year.

Michael

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I'm not a huge fan of the styrofoam tombstones - here in Central FL, temperatures in October are still in the high 80's and they just don't seem to last more than a season or two. The plastic ones they sell at Michael's are good - the stakes tend to break more often than the grave markers themselves falling apart. Not nearly as much of a selection for the plastic ones, though, at least not for the ones that are more than 9" tall.

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The tombstones that I got came from Target. They are heavier and I'm guessing made out of some sort of clay or concrete (or something like that). They will definately hold up better than the foam ones.

Michael

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