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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.

Deeny Dine

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About Deeny Dine

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  • Birthday 06/24/1962

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    Arlington,WA
  • Biography
    I have always loved christmas, every year when I was little I would pass by a large blow mold nativity display, my life goal was to have one just like it, slowly I am collecting one too, so that I can share also
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    Wrinting Photography Reading
  • Occupation
    own our own business
  • About my display
    It is growing a work in progress

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  1. I logged on for the first time in a long time today. It took me a while to get logged back in and find the forums, it just kept saying you are not allowed to chat.. I have gone back to school, and in life there is only so much time, but today is Presidents Days, so I have a little wiggle room. Actually, my hubby has brought me the new finds lately. He brought home a turkey from a restaurant closing sale, (it does need a bath, you can tell he had been displayed and loved) as well as someone gave him a gift for me when he was working. But I love learning and seeing others finds.
  2. Same with my store, they must a bought a lot of Justin Bieber paper.
  3. Shopko is a store chain simular to Target.
  4. That is great, I knew they had sold them in the past, but glad they have them back in stock.
  5. Those animals were originally ment for lawn and garden, they are made of a thicker plastic and do not light, but the standing lamb is one of my favorites.
  6. The cows and pigs that are standing are made by Union, there are usually some on Ebay. There is also a standing sheep.
  7. If they are your deer, what is the history behind them?
  8. Here is mine plugged in, hard to see the candle base.
  9. I am work on a live nativity. I was wondering if anyone knows of recorded music that has both Classical Christmas music and the sounds of the barn animals would make while they are in the stable for the night? I would use this between times when live music is being performed in the chapel.
  10. My Walmart has light cord sets with 2 or 3 bulbs. I just used one purchase last year on a pumpkin stack and it worked perfectly.
  11. I used the green pails, and painted the bases green, they make a great green glow. I will have to make more for next year. Bobby. I attached with two screws, rain hasnt seemed to be a problem. If you were worried about it, spray paint a lid black and attach, #10 lids seem to work for most pails.
  12. So Mel, what are those small designs or decorations?
  13. If you feel brave, do a search there are several threads on how to repaint a mold. A snowman is actually one of the easiest pieces to start with besides a Jack-O-Lantern. Sometimes I leave some of my molds "vintage" on purpose, it shows they were loved and used for years and years.
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