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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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Dad Gum It!  I swear I'm moving to Missouri!  We are planning a trip to Branson for sometime in late September.  When do the Menards stores put out the Christmas blow molds?

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Anyone know if the large snowman and nutcrackers can be placed outside, either under a porch or in the yard?

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 The snowman has fake fur on it so I would say indoor only. The nutcracker I have seen one last year on a very large covered porch down the road( no way it could get wet). For that price I would not get it wet. But down here it rains most days in December. Also the nutcracker has led lights in buttons/ hat it does not show up well on my picture.

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Mendars does ship I had good luck ordering from them and having it mailed to me. They do run free shipping every so often.

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58 minutes ago, Big J Illinois said:

Same here:) Scott, can get them locally 

The closest mendar store is 400 miles away. So I just order on-line.

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The picture on the Nutcracker box shows it to be outside. I’ll be going there later today, and I’ll check on both, of our Sams is the Snowman.

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On the Nutcracker box, it says ok for outside IF COVERED.

 

we don’t a have the snowman.

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Went to At Home ( garden ridge) they have Halloween out and some of Christmas. All made in China stuff.

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With the exception of WM, Home Depot, and Lowes none of the stores often mentioned here has an outlet in Las Vegas.  The Ace Hardware had a scant offering last Halloween.   I'm not sure about Michaels as I don't shop there regularly.

This is the time the second hand stores in my area start to put out their Halloween offerings.  I stopped in this morning at a Savers store ( Value Village stores in many areas).  The must have had a dozen or so of the GFP pumpkins in purple, green, and the standard orange color.  They were priced at $1.49 plus tax.  The sell for 99 cents brand new all over town at the regular stores like Target and WM.   Most of the ones I  bought were from the Goodwill outlet store where they sell for about 30 cents based upon the weight at $1.89/lb.  I did pick up a nice inflatable Gemmy spider for $4 recently at the same store.  Three of the five lights inside were out so I converted it to LED at the same time I replaced the burned out lights.   It was an awesome find. 

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I was at Home Depot corporate people are putting  out a  big display. They had a huge pirate ship and big stuff.

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