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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.
Guest KWaltz

But I'm out in the cold and I'm committed to decorating the house...

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Guest KWaltz

It's pretty modest by PC standards, but here is our 2010 Christmas display. We picked 2 freezing days to do it but it was a lot of fun!

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And here's the rest...The fireplace scene in the breezeway was my pet project this year. It's inspiration was the old department store windows and a roll of brick printed "Corobuff" I found. Hope everyone is having fun getting ready for the holidays!

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It's pretty modest by PC standards, but here is our 2010 Christmas display. We picked 2 freezing days to do it but it was a lot of fun!

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You have a very nice display/ Please don't call it modest by "PC standards". there is no standard here, every display is different but we love them all!!!

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Its GREAT!!! Very well done! I agree the fireplace scene is awsome!! That NOEL sign is super cool too!!

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It's pretty modest by PC standards, but here is our 2010 Christmas display. We picked 2 freezing days to do it but it was a lot of fun!

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It's funny it's just as fun to do in the cold as when it's warm, most of mine was done during those warm days but the final molds went up in the cold, you pay dearly for those warm days. No matter what it's fun, I can tell you had a good time doing your display it looks awesome inside and out, so nice and neat.

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Your whole display looks fantastic, I really like the noel pieces on the house, and the breeze way window scene is really neat! I love the "classical christmas-ness" if you will, of it. Hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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