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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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We put the lights on the front of the house yesterday and my little guy who isn't quite 2 yet was SO excited!  He helped me carry santa's torso and then wanted to lift and hug all the deer.  Then this morning on the way to school he needed to stop and say hi to our other santa.  I think he was born a blow mold lover!   :)

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That is too precious! Your son looks about the same age as my son, who has developed a nightly ritual with our display. He insists on going outside each evening to pat Snoopy goodnight, and poke at the parrot. I'll have to get some pictures one night.

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3D99B942-6D39-4E72-80E2-9448B3A49146_zps C7C7A645-2CEC-4481-AEB1-730D9613ABFC_zps F60D801C-4B5A-41C0-993E-87B320D497E2_zps My little one is 13 months, and he dances to the music and starts crying when the song ends, and he needs To have his regular merry go round ride Your son is very cute, and seems to want to help. Maybe mine will try next year Edited by 1983ss454

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Great pictures! My son, who is 9, loves the lights and "helps" every year.

 

Probably the coolest thing this year was a message from a friend in Texas who showed our video to her kids. Her son, who is 5, decided that he wanted his house to look like that, put his jacket on and was ready to go buy "lot's of lights". It was a proud moment for me :)

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