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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 AnitanotherOutlet

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    • Birthday 10/03/1969

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      I am 40, love the Holidays and am married with 2 boys.
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      I used to like gardening, reading, buying shoes...now I just sit around and wonder how stupid it will look to put this or that on the light controller...
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      I wish I knew about my Christmas Display!! I bought a 16 channel LOR Controller and everytime I think I have it figured out, I change my mind. Not going to be able to run everything on the controller. I have tons of white lights that draw too many amps and 4 airblown inflatables. And so far one 10ft leaping light arch with 8 sections.

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    1. My indoor tree is a pain too. I am considering just taking wood glue and gluing those branches in place then wrapping it in plastic good and leaving it together. With the lights still on it.
    2. I used three 4 ft trees from Lowe's last year and did not get the rebar tall enough to attach that top section. The trees came in 3 sections. So the tops blew out and 2 of them bent really bad. Also with the kinds of trees that have branches that attach or poke into the pole in the center, wind and cats will knock those out, so if you have cats around, beware of that. I found little 3 ft ones at the dollar store before Christmas for 5 bucks and they worked fine zip tied to rebar.
    3. I intend to paint this up like a Christmas Train. I found reviews that say it won't run on Grass but plan to just put plywood under it. This started out at 169. And you can order more track one review said: http://www.bradsdeals.com/deals/talking-ride-on-train-with-track-50-p60445.html You can get extra track at QVC but it is blue not red:( http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx?view=2&app=detail&params=item^T123194,frames^y,from^se,cm_scid^isrc,cm_ssi^Item:%20T123194&cm_re=PAGE-_-SEARCH-_-T123194 Amazon has the track cheaper, still blue: http://www.amazon.com/National-Prod
    4. No kid thinks it's too early for Christmas. Those kids probably were just repeating what their parents had said. I would get a camera just in case anybody gets any ideas. But trying to involve the kids is a great idea.
    5. But you see, not everyone can drive a T Post in, so this one being free standing is worth a little more trouble to some people. Sometimes there is concrete or a very rocky area. I appreciate your post because I can drive in a T Post, but I am wondering what kind of winds you have there.
    6. I was getting excited then the 45mph wind hit today so I decided to come here for inspiration lol That isn't working out real well...
    7. DMoore, Thanks for the offer, but I am up by Amarillo. Foam just didn't work well because of the wind, I was thinking of trying just trying wood.
    8. I tried making tombstones last year out of foam. In the end I decided that it would have been much faster and cheaper to just go and steal real tombstones and do the time.
    9. We are late watching this, I noticed the clip and wanted to make sure that you knew they were using your house Richard lol. Since they didn't say your name maybe you can enter.
    10. Wow I figured the cell phone companies had a limit on how many times you could do that. My friends son went to Haiti and lost his phone, I told her she better cancel it quick before some Haitian texted 90999 several thousand times.
    11. I was told there should be good sales in April/May on TVs because the newer models come out then. Not sure if that is correct or not.
    12. Hey I just ordered at 16% Off do you think if I email them they will give me the 32%?
    13. My first LOR year too and I just threw it together with 16 channels and really enjoyed doing it, didn't even get the controller or FM transmitter until Nov. I am putting my LOR controller and FM transmitter in the storm cellar just incase everything is wiped out in a tornado I wont have to start over that is how nuts I am about this lol.
    14. If you do the microsoft live/bing.com cashback, it is from 4-7 percent at buy.com right now.
    15. I think it is human nature to try to find a reason why, or what the message might have been, you are wondering if it was because your display was still up, but they do this to peoples displays before Christmas too. Might have had more to do with your vandals having been away or atleast the leader of their pack, until just before school started.
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