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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 Sloat

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I just wanted to introduce myself again. Some people might remember me and others not so much. I am the one that had that goofy contest a few years ago that Planet Christmas was so nice to allow me to do. My site was the Christmas Kennel, which I just put back up but with another domain. And it hasn

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Mark,

Of course I remember you! Your contest over that wonderful summer will be forever etched into my memory. That was a fun contest with Richard H. winning it.

Plus you were always a good poster.

I big welcome back. If you are ever in the Orlando, FL area come by and I will give you some lights, my friend.

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Mark,

Of course I remember you! Your contest over that wonderful summer will be forever etched into my memory. That was a fun contest with Richard H. winning it.

Plus you were always a good poster.

I big welcome back. If you are ever in the Orlando, FL area come by and I will give you some lights, my friend.

LOL. Thank you!

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LOL. Thank you!

Sorry about your divorce, and your Christmas stuff, but you can replace any material posessions, you can NEVER replace a good dog!!!!

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I think i remember you but anyway welcome back my friend, sorry to here the divorce, i just cant wate to see ur display

stay strong my friend

bull

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Sorry about your divorce, and your Christmas stuff, but you can replace any material posessions, you can NEVER replace a good dog!!!!

Thank you!

I think i remember you but anyway welcome back my friend, sorry to here the divorce, i just cant wate to see ur display

stay strong my friend

bull

I wouldn't hold your breath with the display this year. When I say I don't have nothing I mean I don't have nothing. LOL So I am just going to be in the background this year and not post any pictures. I would ashamed posting a pictures of just a bush with lights.

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Welcome back, I am sorry to here about the christmas stuff, I think I could dig around and find some light that I will not use. I have a box of odds and ends if you think you could put them to good use.

PM me with your address and Ill ship them to you, no charge.......

Thats the least I could do for a Illinois PC member.

Just remember these are lights that I have picked up form garage sales this year, they are in fact odds and ends but they are working. I paid a $1.00 for a box and got what I wanted out of the box and there were some left over that I will not use. You are welcome to them.

Let me know if that will help?

Good Luck, Chin up......

Illinois PC member

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Welcome back, I am sorry to here about the christmas stuff, I think I could dig around and find some light that I will not use. I have a box of odds and ends if you think you could put them to good use.

PM me with your address and Ill ship them to you, no charge.......

Thats the least I could do for a Illinois PC member.

Just remember these are lights that I have picked up form garage sales this year, they are in fact odds and ends but they are working. I paid a $1.00 for a box and got what I wanted out of the box and there were some left over that I will not use. You are welcome to them.

Let me know if that will help?

Good Luck, Chin up......

Illinois PC member

NO, I don't can't do that. Didn't mean for anyone to feel sorry for me and give me a hand out. I just wanted everyone to know that when I did post pictures not to make fun of me. LOL Do you know what mean? LOL. But I thank you for the offer. Trust me, I will get back to normal soon. I might have a to buy a few things before making it though. But I am more into making it than buying. It seems to easy to just buy it when you can sit down and design your own stuff.

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Welcome back Mark! I remember your first posts regarding the pending divorce. Glad it's behind you! If I can be of any help in getting you up and lighting again let me know.

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Welcome back Mark! I remember your first posts regarding the pending divorce. Glad it's behind you! If I can be of any help in getting you up and lighting again let me know.

Thank you Bill. But it wouldn't be fun if I didn't do it myself. Thank you though.

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