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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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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Darlene Pino

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CVS Pharmacy is putting their halloween out and I took a few photos. I LOVE the cat and Skull pumpkins! They are lighted!

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http://s141.photobuc...=DROID039-1.jpg (life size grim reaper only $29.99)

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Those are nice. And, I liked thumbing through your life. My favorite picture was SuperDog Coco. Chuck really has to work on an easy way to post pictures without sharing your life. I started a thread on this, but I'm just sayin' . . .

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Those are nice. And, I liked thumbing through your life. My favorite picture was SuperDog Coco. Chuck really has to work on an easy way to post pictures without sharing your life. I started a thread on this, but I'm just sayin' . . .

Mike I don't have any trouble posting my pics. I know you don't have facebook but there are places on the web that you can put them in an album & you can post whichever 1's you want here without sharing your life.If ya need help with that hit me up & I will walk you thru it.

BTW the below pic is the 1st pumpkin my 13 year nephew carved.

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Mike I don't have any trouble posting my pics. I know you don't have facebook but there are places on the web that you can put them in an album & you can post whichever 1's you want here without sharing your life.If ya need help with that hit me up & I will walk you thru it.

BTW the below pic is the 1st pumpkin my 13 year nephew carved.

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Great Pumpkin!

I'll take you up on your offer of picture-posting-help. Not tonight, it's too late, and too much JD. I do have an account with Photobucket, and posting from there used to work. But not not so much anymore.. Thanks for your offer of help Pepper.

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Thanks Darlene. I like a couple of those animated figures. I stopped at a Walgreens yesterday, no Halloween decorations out yet. they did have candy corn out but no decorations.

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CVS and Walgreens are stores i hit directly after halloween, if you can find a store in an quiet neighbourhood you can get amazing deals, most of the good stuff still on the shelves, for 50 to 75% off.... I bought all of my lighted pumpkins at thrift stores for around $2-3

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there were only two of each at our small store. They wouldn't be there more than a week, so I had to take them if I wanted them.

But I'm like you, normally. I like to wait for the sales.

Here are some photos taken Sunday at Kmart of their Halloween. Got some good prices. Those Skulls next to the Big Pumpkins are pretty good size! The life sized Skeleton Ghouls were only about $39. Start here:

http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r42/Clevercanines/68395230_photobucket_63988_.jpg

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