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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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    Has anyone started decorating yet?  My wife gets upset with me if I start putting up while our Halloween decorations are up.  It is about time to start getting stuff down and prepping.  My empire santa sleigh needs some work on the runners so I think I will get it down and start working on that to be ready for the roof.  How's everyone doing?

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    16 hours ago, Big J Illinois said:

    Our display will me dark this year..sold most of the 200 molds off..dont have the storage, or the time anymore. That and the weather..

    Big J,

    I hope all is ok.  That being said there have been many times when members just needed to take a break.  I have thought about selling everything in the past.  Sometimes you just need to skip it.  

    Donna

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    Big J

    Sounds like a perfect year to get a Grinch and run one strand off the roof. Simple yet says a lot.

     

     

    I've got 14 wire deer that I have always had issues keeping from falling over. I got them all down about a month ago and made some bases for them out of wood I had in my scrap pile. Does not look fancy but I keep them on a hill about 100 yards from the road and they will do the job.

    I have a pile of old lights that are busted or half working on that I have been messing with to try and get working. 

    We do quite a but for Halloween so nothing officially goes up until Nov 1 after all Halloween has been taken down.

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    I am glad to hear you are doing good!! Over years most of people I meet on Craigslist to buy blow molds were same way:)

    18 hours ago, Big J Illinois said:

    Hi all, not fully retired..yet lol.. healthy as can be. I will be a lurking on here from time to time lol.  I always will stay in contact Thanks J

     

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