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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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So I was at the halloween store last night and my fiancee sees the Webcaster.....the glue-gun looking thing to make spider webs....and decides it might be easier to use than putting up her "traditional" stretchy spider webs (which, incidentally, is the only job she likes when putting up the Halloween display). But at $50+, I'm wondering if it really works or not, if it makes better "webs" than just stretching out the other stuff, and how much of a mess is it to clean up? Does it leave any residue or anything? Anyone ever used this thing? Thanks in advance!

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I've looked into web shooters before, but just never pulled the trigger and bought one. They are pretty cool, and if you get a good one, they make really convincing webs. WAAAAY better than the cotton crap! The neat thing about a glue gun web shooter is that it is really easy to clean up. The hot glue dries in the air, so it doesn't stick good enough to leave any behind or cause damage when trying to remove it. You DO need an air compressor. The "webbiness" will depend on how high the air pressure is. You'll have to mess around with it to find the setting s that give you the look you want. Web shooters are all over the Internet. You can even make your own (there's tutorials out there for that too!). One thing to remember is that the higher the wattage of the glue gun, the faster it will melt the glue and produce great looking webs.

Do some research online, buy a food quality web shooter/gun, play the "Spiderman" theme song, and have fun slinging webs!

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So I was at the halloween store last night and my fiancee sees the Webcaster.....the glue-gun looking thing to make spider webs....and decides it might be easier to use than

I've tried the contact cement fan/spinner and it works well but the webs are too 'fine' to stand up to the wind we get. I went the hot-glue shooter route and after making one of my own and realizing it was undersized. I bit the bullet and ordered one from Cory (Minions web)..... Not inexpensive but it works well. Spiders play a prominent part of my graveyard/haunt so for me it is well worth it!

HTH

CW

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