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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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    Our neighbor asked us a couple weeks ago if we would have our Halloween decorations up this year (we were late due to my mom's death).

    We found out why he was asking today, he is planning a hay ride for a bunch of the little ones, pulling them on a trailer with his golf cart around the neighborhood. He plans to make our house the big stop over! <gotta get more candy!>

    Another neighbor joined in and did a nice outdoor decorations with lights this year as well. That's the third one on our street now. I love it when they get in the Spirit of the season!

    I'll have photos of this years lights and decorations sometime this week. We added 3 airblowns an animated "rising" ghost, and an animated ghoul. It is going to be fun!

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    That's really cool. I've noticed a lot more houses in my neighborhood decorate for halloween this year too. It's fun to see all the displays, no matter how small. We had a lot more houses decorate for christmas last year too and we saw some larger displays as well (not PC caliber, but larger than normal).

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    That does sound cool!! Our house is the only one in our neighborhood with any decorations at all. My 80 or so blowmolds stick out like a sore thumb lol I wish our neighbors would get out and do something!!

    Jim

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    My neighborhood is pretty much the same way. Every year since We moved in (5 years, this will be the 6th) the neighbors have started to decorate some. Nothing to the extent I do of course, but that ok. Helps draw people in to my house if other houses are decorated too I think.

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