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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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    Took 3 hours to get all the blow molds (130) unplugged and put away. Not a big problem pulling them from a frozen ground. Worst part was digging for the plugs in the rock hard snow. Anything staked to the ground along with all the wood stakes for the blow molds is gonna be there till it thaws. Can’t get them out. Lucky to have 30 degree temps to work on this right now. 15k lights left to get taken down still. 

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    On ‎1‎/‎8‎/‎2018 at 11:56 AM, lisa48317 said:

    Actually, no - it's never crossed my mind!  We just have a park at the end of our block, so we get so many critters in our yard that it's pointless to mess with this one. 

    Once a squirrel has set up housekeeping in your shed, or house attic, or garage they are content to stay...in my humble opinion you have to get rid of them, and the best way is to use a live trap and relocate them. If you release them one block away from your house...then they will be back in your shed before you get home. Haha. Gotta relocate them several miles away at least. The other squirrels at the park who dont know about the shed probably wont be a problem, especuially if you eliminate their access point.

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    I have all the small stuff put away. Just the 4 mega trees and the roof basically left. Some bushes and odd stuff here and there. Was 50 degrees today so that helped out a lot. Calling for rain tomorrow and then back to 25 degrees This weekend. This weather has been crazy.

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    Finally got all of my inflatables down! We had a 50 degree heat wave today so I figured i would take all the inflatables down before it starts to snow 6-8 inches. But I went out at three and started pouring rain. I continued until I was finished. At seven. Spent three hours in pouring rain so every single piece of clothing I had on was soaked. Not a dry spot in sight. I’ll probably be sick in the next few days for doing that but let’s hope i don’t get sick or get sick after my birthday.

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