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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.

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Gregory Kover

My Halloween display 0f 2015

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Very nice!!! Your grandmother taught you very well, and you have some realy great blow molds, some Ive never seen! Good job!!!!

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Splendid! I would looove to be a neighbor! Any night time photo's possible by chance? Your zombie caroler is great, really makes me wonder what the female caroler, or what some of the Mr. and Mrs. Clause' would look like zombified! Can you tell me how you did the hanging spider nest in the log cabin? Gotta love, the modified peppermints to jack-o-lanterns!

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Well I thought you out did yourself on your Grandmothers display. Boy was I wrong. I LOVE YOUR DISPLAY!!!!! Looks AWESOME!!!!

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Very cool!  I like the cauldron with the flames on it!   And a bunch of your molds!  

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 Can you tell me how you did the hanging spider nest in the log cabin?

Supplies needed...

white floral foam ball from craft store

small bag of Halloween spider rings for kids, usually found in Halloween party supplies area.

larger spiders from webbing packs,

white pantyhose.

**Cut the fingers off the rings, keeping the spiders.

hot glue them to the ball, then stuff into the pantyhose, tie end into a knot, cut desired length.

Stick the larger spiders on the outside.

 

 

 

Splendid! I would looove to be a neighbor! Any night time photo's possible by chance? Your zombie caroler is great, really makes me wonder what the female caroler, or what some of the Mr. and Mrs. Clause' would look like zombified! Can you tell me how you did the hanging spider nest in the log cabin? Gotta love, the modified peppermints to jack-o-lanterns!

Thanks for the compliment :)

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All I can say is WOW!!!   You've given me some ideas for my Halloween display next year.  Thanks for sharing.

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