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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.

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    OK, I'm sure it's been discussed before but what would you guys recommend for stopping squirrels from chewing on wires? Anyone have success with any of the multitude of sprays on the market. I'm pretty sure it's an impossible battle.

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    Usually it's rabbits, unless the chewed wires are off the ground. I've tried Critter Ridder powder from farm stores before, and it worked alright. Moth balls have mixed results, problem being they lose their effectiveness after a few days. A lot of the remedies use something with foul smells to rodents. You can Google it and you'll get tons of different home-made remedies. Nothing is 100%, or even close for that matter. You could always outline your entire yard in chicken wire. lol

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    Take blood meal, you can get it at the better nurseries, and make little bags from cheesecloth. Tear apart the layers of cheese cloth until you have just one layer. Put the blood meal in the middle of the cloth and pull all 4 corners together and tie with a string. Make several and hang them in your trouble spots, the squirrels hate it.

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    Go to a hunting supplies store, get a bottle of predator urine. Make sure the lid is on really good before you put it in your vehicle. Wear disposable gloves, do not spill it on your clothing. Spray it around the area.

    **Disregard if you live where there are actual predators capable of killing humans.

    Also blood meal stinks really really bad so be careful with it in a vehicle too.

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