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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.
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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.
Tom Fleming

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I just bought 6,000 incands from Walmart and the Cashier looked at me like I was nuts. The only reason I stopped was that they were closing and they ran out of Red and Green incands.  Time to go to another Walmart  :)

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LOL. you will get that a lot, wait till the end of the season when you can really stock up and see what kinda looks you get then.

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My favorite is when people think you work there and are afraid that you’re taking all the lights down.  You’ll notice people running over to get their one or two boxes.  Sometimes someone will ask why you’re taking them down so soon.  :o 

 

That’s when you have to decide whether you want to tell them and risk a long discussion with someone that thinks it sounds cool but doesn’t really know what you just said or just say ‘yeah’ and  quickly get your stash out of there because you can’t believe you just got a fantastic deal. ;) 

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LOL. you will get that a lot, wait till the end of the season when you can really stock up and see what kinda looks you get then.

 

You used to be able to do this a lot, but at least around here in eastern VA, they've really soured their stock on single color incans, and getting any sizable quantity at a discount is often difficult. :-\ 

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They seem to have really wised up on inventory.....Ahhh ,I remember the old days, walking away with 100 count for .17 with 20,000 lights in toe. 

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Amen

And the people getting out of your way afraid that they might get s little crazy on them....

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They seem to have really wised up on inventory.....Ahhh ,I remember the old days, walking away with 100 count for .17 with 20,000 lights in toe. 

 

Yeah now I notice inventory is gone 2 weeks before Christmas and I can't find 1 string when I need it.

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