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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.

Kathi Manley

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About Kathi Manley

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  • Birthday 01/01/1959

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  • Location
    Huntsville, Alabama, USA
  • Biography
    I swear that I did not marry my husband just because he has a tatoo of a Christmas elf :D
  • Interests
    Lover of colored lights & colored glass of all types (esp stained glass & dichroic glass); avid tennis player (or is that rabid??)
  • Occupation
    Bean counter
  • About my display
    Small static display - I have discovered that I like blowmolds more than I thought :)
  1. Wind-o-lights!! Okay, I knew that there were old posts about this vendor - finally searched in the right forum. The original vendor is retired but his son is still selling the product.
  2. I am trying to remember the name of the vendor that I bought plastic mini light window frames from - each window set came with a string of 50 white lights. They are not Window Wonder and they were less expensive than Window Wonder. Definitely having a senior moment - I have ordered from them twice in the last few years Any help would be appreciated!! Thanks, Kathi
  3. http://nashville.craigslist.org/for/2562300634.html Santa, Snowman, and Elf at mailbox ($30 for all 3)
  4. Paul, That was the reaction that I had I am not familiar with the quality of the lights being offered, but those are definitely not in my budget - perhaps not true for others. Kathi
  5. Chuck, Any chance that you have a pic of the bottom of one of your molds with the brackets attached? It definitely sounds like something I would like to do, but I am having trouble visualizing it. The idea with the stepping stones sounds interesting also, but I think the brackets would be sufficient for my purposes. Thanks, Kathi
  6. Tom, thanks for posting pics of your wondetful creativity!! I will also look for pics of your Easter display Kathi
  7. I think that is a great idea!.. will need to have another party to get it to the front yard for Christmas (I actually think we can pop the roof off carefully with a rubber mallet and the whole thing will then flex/shift enough to get it through.) Thanks for all of the other ideas also... may have to rotate from gingerbread house to Santa's workshop to reindeer barn Kathi
  8. This just seems like a really big blowmold to me I have been looking for one of these on Craigslist for quite a while and finally hit paydirt. I saw it less than an hour after it was posted or I would have missed out again. I have visions of a gingerbread house dancing in my head! The only bad news is that fully assembled it is about 4 inches too wide for carrying through our backyard gate - may have to get creative with a few things in our garage. Kathi
  9. I would definitely attend a mini in Birmingham! And we have certainly had 'ice' AND snow lately around here Interested in any Southeast minis also. Kathi
  10. Welcome - it is sure nice to see another blowmolder in north Alabama! I am really envious - I currently only have 1 reindeer pulling Santa's sled Kathi
  11. I visit their webpages from time to time and dream! Their stuff is amazing and I want one of almost everything Kathi
  12. I'm glad that we didn't come to see you after all - hubby just called me to say that the doctor's office misplaced his test results Friday and that he does have strep. They originally told him it was just inflamed tonsils. He should have been home in bed all weekend - not surprisingly he is feeling pretty crummy today Thanks again for checking out the stock at your Menards. Kathi
  13. This looks simple enough that I could actually make it I actually tried corned beef for the first time this year and I love it. Thanks for posting this! Kathi
  14. Pepper, Your grandchildren are lovely as can be! Thanks for sharing those pics - it is so nice to get to see something like that and also lit up. I have never seen anything like that in person. I did pick up a flatback last year, but it doesn't have a backing attached to it or any lights. Kathi
  15. LOL! The 4th pic - the black tophat and red scarf and yellow broom. I got one just like him from Craigslist in Nashville on the way up to Menards, but the scarf has stars on it - otherwise, I would have bought that one at Menards.
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