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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.
Jeffrey

Oh boy, here comes the snow!

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We are supposed to get 8" to 14" over the next 24 hours and it actually looks like we are going to get it. ;) I'm a bit bummed because I was supposed to have today off of work but there was a mix up in allotted vacation days, so that was a no-go. I *LOVE* playing in the snow. I love playing with the kids. I love snow blowing. I love plowing. I love... *gasp* shoveling even. I love just lying back and catching snow flakes in my mouth with my kids. :D

Can't wait to see what the lights look like tonight. I have a feeling I may have to put the candy canes and mini-trees on top of the snow tomorrow morning.

Have a great weekend all, cheers.gif

Jeff

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Hope you are not as disappointed as I am....Down in NW of Phila, suppose to have gotten lots of ice and sleet, nothing but rain here. Was out at 3:00am waiting for something, nothing happened.

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It just started when I originally posted that and we already have 3" to 4" of snow on the ground. :D I put the overalls on as well as the boots... I'm ready for work to be done now thank you! :)

-Jeff

p.s. We received a bunch of that ice/icy snow last week... I took some pictures of the lights under it here... http://www.mainelights.org/Christmas2008IceStorm

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It just started here about an hour ago and it's really coming down. The ground was covered within 30 minutes.

I was out moving my giant C-9 pathway lights away from the road so the plows don't ruin them.

The plow driver was great last year about not burying my stuff,but who knows if it's the same driver this year?

I have to remember to get him a gift if he does a good job this year again.

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well we have right now i think 30 to 40 in of snow in less then 2 days now we are expecting 3 to 4 more when well this ever stop!!!!!

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You can send some of it this way. We are at 80 degrees right now. It feels like summer again so I wish winter would actually arrive here and stay.

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You can send some of it this way. We are at 80 degrees right now. It feels like summer again so I wish winter would actually arrive here and stay.

You know that stupid show wife swap? How about we do house swap. You can sit up here in the cold and shovel while I stay at your place and go fishing everyday in my shorts.

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You know that stupid show wife swap? How about we do house swap. You can sit up here in the cold and shovel while I stay at your place and go fishing everyday in my shorts.

Hate to see it snowing but:rolleyes: That's why I moved here in 82

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I'll pass on that offer Chris. I dont' want to have to do the constant shoveling of that heavy wet snow. I did enough of that when I was in the Army in Germany.

I should be heading up that way in about a month to Stamford to visit my brother. I hope there is some snow fall while me and the boys are there.

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