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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 deadhead68

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    • Birthday 02/11/1981

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      Father of two.
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      Christmas and Halloween displays. Photography
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      CYS Program Specialist
    • About my display
      Second year in new house. Working on my display as a newbie
    1. I was in my local Wal Mart yesterday and they had lights out. Over half were led's.
    2. Thanks Tim! I think that has been the problem with mine. I think that they are just too top heavy. The ones that have a large base usually do not give me any trouble. Now what about the snow globe type, is there anything at all to keep them from fogging up? Jason
    3. Jerry, did you buy the 15 dollar motor or the specific crank ghost motor that runs about 50? Cool display by the way!
    4. As of last year my little boy (5 yo) has gotten all into the Halloween Decorating. I am hoping it carries over the Christmas this year! Does anybody have any unique decorations (DIY) ideas that would be good to build with him that isn't in every other neighborhood haunt? Something to really get the neighbor's attention?
    5. That was my next thought to run it at a lower voltage would slow it down. I was just going to use the winshield wiper motor cause it was something I had lying around. I would rather try to use what I have before buying something new. Plus the wife would kill me adding another expense to my Halloween and then Christmas Displays. Now as for how to house it and display it will be the next issue.
    6. What kind of motor did you use? My plan is to use a winshield wiper motor for this just because I have one lying around. Will this work or will the motion be too quick for it to look right?
    7. Has anyone attempted to build one of these? This is my new project for this Halloween. http://www.phantasmechanics.com/fcghost1.html Any feedback would be great.
    8. Ok, I need some advice with my airblowns. I have put them up for the past Three years with my Christmas Display, I may not do so this year. The problem is that each year 8 out of 10 times they fail to blow up and stand on their own correctly. Is there a way to fix this besides being outside when they are being inflated? Please let me know your advice or this may be my last year for the airblowns. Thanks
    9. If you have an ACE hardware, I bought one two weeks ago that was marked down to 25 from 50. They have ones that have one image or a moving image.
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