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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.

Jennifer Colonna

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  • Birthday 01/13/1974

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  1. hilgi wrote: Thanks so much for describing the box for me! I know theHome DepotI went toyesterday didn't have the blue icicles, butI'll check another Home Depotthat's close to where I work on Tuesday to see if they have any left. I also noticed yesterday that the LED light pickings were slim, with onlya few boxes of a couple LEDvarieties left on the shelf. What wasfunny though, was that there were 2 entire cases of the $19.99 color changing icicles that were completely untouched :-)
  2. hilgi wrote: Mind if I ask what Home Depot was charging for the blue 25 light 12' icicle strings and if they're just a static blue? Iwent to Home Depot after work this afternoon and picked up 8 boxes of the 70 count multi-mini LED's that they had on sale for $4.99 a box, but didn't see the blue icicles you mentioned. I did see abox of the color changing LED icicles, with either 5 or 6icicles on the string, but I can't remember if they were $14.99 or $19.99 per box. That was the first time I'd seen the icicles in person, and I liked them a lot, but I think I might prefer blue over the color changing kind like I saw today.
  3. Bob & jrez: Any chance either of you could snap a few pictures of your PVC window frames?I'd be very interested in seeing them. I'm a total PVC addict, since getting turned on to itforHalloween props this year, and have already created my Christmas fence out of it. I still have a bunch of 1/2" pipe and connectors sitting here and window frames sound like a nice project. Thanks! Jennifer
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