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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.
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just looking for a place to vent and blow off a little steam. Some nice person decided to drive 6 feet into my yard tonight, ran over 8 candy canes and then on the way out took out another 5. I got home and noticed right away that something was wrong. I grab my mag light to investigate and notice the candy canes strewn all over the yard and the tire tracks. I could tell that this had to be intentional not an accidental i hit the wrong pedal etc...

luckly I had a dozen spares hidden away. so had to pull them out, test em and then was outside for 30 minutes putting them up. Then the night started getting better. a vehicle came by and they were watching the display I had several candy canes in my pocket that I hand out when I can. I go over to the vehicle and start taking to them, give them the candy canes etc. They notice the candy canes missing and ask what happened; after the few questions then they pop up. "where is your donation box." I explain that I don't have a donation box becasue I'm not doing it for money. They could put it in the offering plate at church or the salvation army buckets at the local stores. The lady in the passanger seat then says "no I insist that you have this" and hands me a check. She says that she loves my lights and that i remind her of the house in the neighborhood where she grew up. I thank her for the gift and we wish each other a merry christmas and i go back to the candy canes. I look at the check later and it's for $100. WOW is all I can say. I guess everything worked out the way it was supposed to. If the vandals hadn't run over my candy canes I wouldn't have been out there when the people came by to give me a check, which more than covered the broken ones.

And yes, for those of you wondering...I did a quick glance at the vehicle to see if it had any candy cane damage to it and no it did not.

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