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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.
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  • 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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I have one real one, my Grandfather made it for me for Christmas in 1992. The figures I got over the course of about 3 years as Christmas and Birthday gifts from my Grandparents:post-10186-0-30657500-1376768611_thumb.j

 

This second one isn't mine, it's my moms, my Grandfather also made that one. I don't know when he made it but it's at least 40 years old. The figures are a mixture, as you can tell baby Jesus is out of scale, he is even older from my Great Grandmothers.

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This third one is also my moms, it is outside at the entrance, and is a work in progress, I built the nativity last year quickly for her but I have to rebuild it this year, I want to make it nicer, add lighting etc.

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I kinda cheat, I volunteer on a Nativity Festival, personally I think I am at 50 nativities, (although my husband may disput those numbers.)  I have them as small as a inch, to large outdoor nativities. I look for older, or unique nativities. I have been lucky as my children have traveled or worked overseas they have brought me some of my more unique pieces. My favorites added this year, a gnome nativity, a glass nativity made in Spain, a wood nativity from Ireland, and a hand painted holy family from New Zealand. I think my most unique piece is a one piece Greek Orthodox Nativity, I brought home on the plane from New Zealand.

 

The festival last year had over 350 nativities displayed.

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Im like Deeny. Head of a Nativity Festival so I buy interesting sets at thrift stores to insure that there will be enough displays should people wimp out. Don't know how many. I have a "pallet"-o-nativities though!

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I think one of my favorite places for picking up a nativity is an Estate Sale, the family is usually torn about parting with the display, and love that is going to someone who will display it. They are usually nice quality, and usually the family can tell you the history or story of the piece. I usually find that it was bought on vacation, or an aunt made it, or mom painted it. When I bring them home, I then attach a card that tells the story the family passed on to me.

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