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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 iupui1299

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  • Birthday 05/05/1977

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    teacher who loves Christmas lights!
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    So far I am a beginner trying to get some good tips to make the best display possible.

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  1. I put the sandbags inside the inflatable (at the bottom). They slide in through the bottom slit.
  2. I have the 16' Santa. I put 3 - 30 lb. sand bags at the bottom and it helped big time. It's a very nice inflatable!
  3. Yep, that's where I found him. Grabbed the last one. They had a Red Angry Bird too that was pretty neat.
  4. Okay, I know he's not an inflatable and I am mostly an inflatable guy, however, I saw this guy today and can;t believe how awesome he is!!
  5. I found this on Craigslist for $40. I offered the guy $30 and he accepted. Inflated it today and it looks and operates like new. Going on the roof this year!
  6. So my wife calls me and says there is a huge reindeer inflatable for sale at a garage sale. She says they wants $10 bucks. Without seeing it I tell her to take it. She sends me a picture and I was super stoked to see this!
  7. The Lowes here in Indy are now 75% off. I was able to snag the Santa Snack Wagon plus the Santa in the Outhouse. They even let me use a 10% off coupon I had. I also went back and grabbed the display nativity. I think I spent around $70 for all 3.
  8. If it's the LED lights that have purple in addition to the regular colors than I say yes, it is a good deal. If it is traditional colors than I have seen them cheaper at Wal-mart and Meijer.
  9. I know that the c6 LED's are $8.99 a box......so that will be about $4.50 a box on Saturday.
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