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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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Guest A.F.NUT

Thanks Tom.With the way its going she may not make it through this.Its like hour by hour with her.My dad is about wore out going back & forth to New Orleans every day.

Looks like the snow will not let up anytime soon for you there.I saw last night on the weather channel thats its the worst there.

After so many deaths in my family this year, I know how you feel and I am so sorry. I hope she gets better soon, miracles happen. We so far have had more snow in February than what we get for an entire winter season, we are shattering records. Another storm is on it's way, gutters are falling off homes roofs are collapsing it's not good.

Tom

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Tom,

I am just lovin those bear! Loved the Valentine bears too!

H'mm I'm thinkin that we should do some wheelin and some dealin! :rolleyes:

I have that big ole wisemen that needs to be repainted ....LoL! and you have those sweet little bear that are jsut perfect in everyway! Sounds like a perfect trade to me !!! :D So u'mm whatscha say do we have a deal? ;)

Candee

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Guest Matilda

Tom, I love them!

Too bad you're all sold out... because now there's no more bears for anyone else! ;) (or so Tom told me when I tried to finagle one off him! LOL)

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Guest A.F.NUT

Thanks so much! Jim Jen Lori and Buddy! I am pleased it's always nice when things come together like I want, sometimes they don't! LOL

Tom

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Guest A.F.NUT

Tom,

I am just lovin those bear! Loved the Valentine bears too!

H'mm I'm thinkin that we should do some wheelin and some dealin! :rolleyes:

I have that big ole wisemen that needs to be repainted ....LoL! and you have those sweet little bear that are jsut perfect in everyway! Sounds like a perfect trade to me !!! :D So u'mm whatscha say do we have a deal? ;)

Candee

Lol That would be good but I'm out of bears as is my supplier! I think he needs another truckload! I also checked Big Lots the other day and they are out of the stuff to accessorize them, I had bought that stuff right after Christmas.

Tom

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Guest Christmas Is 4 Me

Those are adorable!!!

Fantastic job on your modifications!!!

You are very creative:)

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Guest A.F.NUT

Those are adorable!!!

Fantastic job on your modifications!!!

You are very creative:)

Thanks so much!

Tom

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