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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.
Carrie Sansing

Chicagoland Regional 2010

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Naw, you're too young to be a real jerk Luke!:D

Greg

I think that Greg is trying to take all the credit away from Luke... Why didn't you climb the ladder Greg, you young chap you :);)

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Great pictures Tim. And, I'll attest the photo of Chuck under the snowman was staged. Although the one of him sitting on Judy was not. In his defense though she DID steal his chair....

Lenny Ruel

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I think that Greg is trying to take all the credit away from Luke... Why didn't you climb the ladder Greg, you young chap you :);)

Stupid I am not! (One fall every 33 years is enough)! :P

Greg

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Greg is an Agent Provocateur.

Thanks Chuck, it's a natural gift I suppose! :cool:

Love your avatar by the way. Has Judy noticed it yet? :D

Greg

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I saw a thread "Candles Galore" and decided not to hijack it. My question is: What were the candles by Carrie's shed? They were 5' to 6' tall and very cool. Two of them were lit on the last night. I've decided not to put the "choir" I bought by my Merry Christmas sign, they are just too detailed and deserve to be on the front porch, bumping who-knows-what. Anyway, I would be interested in info on Carrie's candles as they would look good by my Merry Christmas sign. Thanks.

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Mike, the candles were made by Beco in the 1960s. They are very difficult to find, I consider them rare. You will have to search for them and be prepared to pay $$$ especially with the nativity intact.

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Mike, the candles were made by Beco in the 1960s. They are very difficult to find, I consider them rare. You will have to search for them and be prepared to pay $$$ especially with the nativity intact.

Thanks. When you clean house, let me know, I can be there in 6.575 hours.

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What about the Resin carolers out in front of the garage that was it Bill Hoffman brought and sold? What brand where those as I don't think I asked. He said they where new but in storage for a few years and wasn't sure if they still made them or not since he had bought them.

Lenny

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What about the Resin carolers out in front of the garage that was it Bill Hoffman brought and sold? What brand where those as I don't think I asked. He said they where new but in storage for a few years and wasn't sure if they still made them or not since he had bought them.

Lenny

I bought them but don't know what brand they are. They are out in the barn now and it's too dark, cold, windy, etc. to go look. The larger ones feel like they have concrete bases.

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They are out in the barn now and it's too dark, cold, windy, etc. to go look.

Sheesh. I think you forgot to mention the evil aliens guarding the door.

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Mike: When you get a chance to look let me know if there is a manufacturers name on them please.

Thanks

Lenny

I'm on vacation now with no access to them and only limited access to PC. I'll return home next week so I'll try to remember to look weekend after next -- but feel free to shoot me a PM to remind me next week -- 'cause my brain is on vacation too!

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