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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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Justin, I just went through the pics again, don't know what to say it's simply amazing WOW! You put so much thought into everything your attention to detail is everywhere. Hard to pic a favorite. I love the candy scene and the pumpkin patch is so fun. I know you put a lot of time into your so many repaints this summer. So how many hundred molds you have? LOL Bur sorry hate your geese, animal abuse LOL. I'm calling PETA on Monday!

now now......those geese love it on my front porch thats why they stay year round! besides that if you calling PETA about that you'd have to call about Kronk and his pumpkin Patch......oh by the way for those of you that don't know what a kronk is take a look at the picture..........i'm so glad you like it my Friend...now hurry it up and get yours posted aliready!

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Guest A.F.NUT

now now......those geese love it on my front porch thats why they stay year round! besides that if you calling PETA about that you'd have to call about Kronk and his pumpkin Patch......oh by the way for those of you that don't know what a kronk is take a look at the picture..........i'm so glad you like it my Friend...now hurry it up and get yours posted aliready!

If looks could kill LOL He is a big guy, looks like he could swallow my little girls. Should have pics soon, it's finally done!

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If looks could kill LOL He is a big guy, looks like he could swallow my little girls. Should have pics soon, it's finally done!

yeah he was starting to get fussy he wanted to be put done so he could explore........he's really not that big he just stretches.....LOL

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Dude, your display is awesome!!! I really like the repaints on the bears, great ideas you have!

thank you so much......witch bear and bat bear are mine the other 2 are ideas from a friend of mine! it was a fun display to do this year it really was!

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Awesome job Justin! The kiddo's are gonna love ya this year! If I had to pick a favorite it would be the trick or treat theme, very impressive!

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Guest Judd_Peiffer

Awesome job Justin! The kiddo's are gonna love ya this year! If I had to pick a favorite it would be the trick or treat theme, very impressive!

thanks elaine........yeah the kiddos love it alright we got home from being gone all weekend to find 2 of my inflatables ripped up and a punch of pumpkins kicked around! but no worries the little *******s that did this aren't gonna stop me we'll be out fixing things in the morning!

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Justin, awesome layout and display. I think the candy section is my fav but I like them all.

When you have a couple spare hours, how about counting how many JOL's are there? LOL!!! My gosh there are bunch.

Very, very nice!!!!

Joe

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Guest Judd_Peiffer

Justin, awesome layout and display. I think the candy section is my fav but I like them all.

When you have a couple spare hours, how about counting how many JOL's are there? LOL!!! My gosh there are bunch.

Very, very nice!!!!

Joe

thanks Joe.....you know we never did count those...LOL....i actually thought i needed more till i placed them all!

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OOOOOOOH MYYYYYYYYY GOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSHHHH!!!! WOW Justin!!!!!!! Love all of it! I kept looking at the pics and said to myself "Oh that's my favorite!", then looked at another and it was "no I like that one"...well after seeing them they are all my favorite!!!! You did an outstanding job!!!! I want to go trick or treating at your house!!!!!

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Guest Mr. Griswold

I really enjoy going back through this thread and re-living the display over and over.

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Very impressive display of blow molds! I like how you have different areas set up.

How long did it take for you to put this up? And as many have asked, how many blow molds do you have out there? There must be hundreds.

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Very impressive display of blow molds! I like how you have different areas set up.

How long did it take for you to put this up? And as many have asked, how many blow molds do you have out there? There must be hundreds.

well it took the better part of a week to put the whole thing up but then i started stringing lights ahead of time and finished the last couple odds n ends last weekend! so i actually counted the pumpkin patch and theirs around 60 pumpkins/pumpkinish things.....LOL never reallized i had that many thats for sure

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well it took the better part of a week to put the whole thing up but then i started stringing lights ahead of time and finished the last couple odds n ends last weekend! so i actually counted the pumpkin patch and theirs around 60 pumpkins/pumpkinish things.....LOL never reallized i had that many thats for sure

LOL You were on a pumpkin mission this year! I did the same thing, I don't think I have that many, but pretty close and I just won another today. LOLIt sure is a lot of work but in the end it's worth it!

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LOL You were on a pumpkin mission this year! I did the same thing, I don't think I have that many, but pretty close and I just won another today. LOLIt sure is a lot of work but in the end it's worth it!

your right it is worth......however i am growing tired of fixing things.....LOL.....had a Bear go through my yard saturday night and took a few molds out which are laying on my side porch to be refastend yet!

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Hey Justin, Awesome display! I love it! You guys did a fantastic job. The repaints are great. I especially love the Winnie the wizard. He looked great when I met you over the summer. The Mrs. Claus witch looks very cool too and I love the guy with the candy cane next to her. Can you post a close up of him? Sorry it took me so long to comment. I've been too busy and haven't been on PC in a few weeks. I didn't finish my own display until 3 days before Halloween. Thanks again for sharing.

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