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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 Ginger9708

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    I have two big picture windows in the front of my house. In one i have animated triplet choir people. In the second i have a cute santa, 2 animated reindeer, a twinkling lighted sleigh, and two elves. I made a big display board which i put in back of it. ON this board is a black velvet fabric which i put mini lights through which have different light effects like a starry sky or falling snow, i have gotten many compliments on it through the years.
  1. i have Philips multi twinkle lights on my indoor tree and love them but was paying $5.99 per box of 100. I was wondering if the regular blue Philips would be better than the Lowes brand. At this point i dont mind spending an extra $2.00 if it will look better.
  2. thanks maybe i will do the leds next year. I just dont feel like taking down what i already put up & returning them.
  3. Yesterday i put up my lights outside so i had 400 Lowes brand blue lights and when i tried them in the dark they just didnt pop with color like i thought they would. It definitely wasnt enough lights so looking to put another 400 on there. Should i just try another brand? These are brand new so i havent used them in previous years.
  4. howeird3866 is there any particular order you do the strings to the channels and I take it you use 6 channels per tree?
  5. thanks tremor 30 I bought my Mr. Christmas at Home Depot
  6. I know that Mr. Christmas the channels are random but is there a certain way to string the tree. It isnt big only about 4-5 ft using the tomato cage. Do I run the lights from bottom to top and back down over the opposite side or string them bottom to top and back down on the same side? Also is it recommended to use more than one color.
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