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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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  • 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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Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

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Well here is some pictures of my halloween display only a few blow molds...I thought i would post them just to show you guys the kind of weather we have here in Coal Township Pa in October....We got about 5 or 6 inches of snow....I think its pretty neat to have snow in october. Tomorrow I plan on getting my christmas decorations out of the shed to start setting it up. These pictures were takin earlier in the day so it doesnt look like much snow.

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I really like the look of your porch. The snow also adds something

Thanks..Yes it does add something.

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Reminds me of what we got in Omaha a couple years back...5" of snow on October 10. The rest of the winter was...nasty. To say the least. We had two blizzards in December, one on Christmas Eve! How Santa made it to our house, I'll never know. :cool:

Jason

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nice pics, ive got some pics under halloween videos of my halloween display in snow, picked up 9.5 inches yesterday, getting ready for the long winter this will be a snowy one, hope you like the snow!!

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How Santa made it to our house, I'll never know.

Is that not why we put thousands of lights on the house???? To insure Santa can find it?

Doug

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Is that not why we put thousands of lights on the house???? To insure Santa can find it?

Doug

THat's also why we leave them on all night on Christmas Eve!

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Very cool pictures!! it was mid 60's and sunny today here in TN .. would have loved a bit of snow!!! Your porch is almost like a scene in Nightmare before Christmas !!!! THIS IS HALLOWEEN!!!

Jim

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YAY snow!!! Your porch looks great :)

Hope to get some soon here in Illinois

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hi

20 years ago we had halloween blizzard 28" of snow here in minnesota, i remember driving my kids around for trick or treating. north of the twin cites in duluth they had 36" of snow.

gary

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