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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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About basketballmail2

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  • Birthday 09/03/1985

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    White Christmas; How the Grinch stole Christmas; Deck the Halls; Santa Clause
  • Location
    Cham Kt. Zug, Switzerland
  • Biography
    Love Christmas, Love Cars-
  • Interests
    Cars, Basketball, Woodworking etc.
  • Occupation
    System Engineer
  • About my display
    Got 10 Blow Mold NOEL Candles, 1 40" Candycane, a waving santa and a snowman with broom.
  1. Maybe he went to one of those auctions where they auction off shipping containers that nobody ever claimed and that is how he came across it
  2. Really nice work. I agree the Santa and Sleigh look so great flying.
  3. Looks great! Nice work! Love how you made little theme groups of things.
  4. Very nice and very clean looking I really like it, thanks for sharing!
  5. This is out display for 2012. We have 10'100 lights this year, 8500 multi color and 1600 white icicle. We also upped our blow mold count to 18.
  6. looks really great. Nice of you to decorate for your family also.
  7. I only have one Santa, but I always think to myself if I would have more than one, I would try to place them, so that you don't really see them all at once. You know so wherever you stand you only see one Santa at any given time.
  8. That looks really great. Can't wait to see some pics when they are all lit up. You did some great work there, congrats!
  9. That is awesome, I remember my neighbors I had in Illinois, god how I loved them. I was 22 just moved into my own rental house and was low income. Had basically no furniture or anything. My neighbor ran around the entire neighborhood collecting furniture and household items for me. There are truly some real angels left in this world and I'm glad you have such great people living next to you! Sadly over here everyone keeps to them selves. I guess that is the Swiss mentality.
  10. Jesus.... that's insane. Reminds me of the light show I saw in Disney Paris this year. Respect!
  11. I correct my previous post, got about 1.5 Inches of wet heavy snow yesterday... Looks nice but I hope it melts again today!!
  12. It's actually snowing here right now... was raining earlier today, but wet all through the weekend also. And nope I'm not done yet neither. It's going to be a damp and cold weekend
  13. Nice vanity plates I wish we hat vanity plates over here, but sadly all we get are numbers
  14. That arch is really great, I would guess that it belonged to a store display at some point.
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