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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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      Nassau NY
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      a simple working joe
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      Deep Sea Fishing
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      Fin Controller
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      3500 lights
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    1. And I thought it was a BS company, I told GF you gottaa be kidding me ordering from them, Site has not worked in a few years, time for them to upgrade
    2. What kind of poop did you step in anyway, I need to step in some
    3. im going with with http://radiant-holidays.com/ based on price, plus we should receive all items by summer All items made in China anyway, need to fill the tanker anyway
    4. Im going to try http://radiant-holidays.com/radiant_holidays/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=7&zenid=1f0ce169990f922cfe045801bad644cb I use spt2 vs spt1 as extenstion cords
    5. Hope some people scored during the week, I sure didnt I called monday to 1 store like 10 mins after it opened oh still at 70% did not bother calling any other stores for rest of day Tuesday stopped at 1 kmart at 90% but most items sold out, it snowed, travel was bad did not bother going to any others til thursday Nothing left I was interested in Sears still at 70% go figure and run by same idiot they need to hire me so i can make them some money
    6. Happens to everyone just need to have patience, you have 10 months to find more than 1
    7. I was wondering what people use 25 or 35 ct incan mini light strings for. Rewire candy canes that burt out
    8. Great score, I see you continuing where you left off in 2013 750 molds to go
    9. Yes Prices are high even if it was Canadian currenecy, exchange rate is almost on an even money
    10. there are already another thread on same subject type in spt in search box spt1 inline female currently on sale at home depot i will be ordering from radiant-holidays as a preorder
    11. Nice score Ace is weird by me with molds Last season some stores had molds, other none Some stores put molds on sale from 40% to 75% off, some stores sold off their stock, but I did notice they did not really order any additional molds for this year, what did not sell last year , were the only items they offered this year
    12. Never heard that, but I do know that some chains like Rite Aid . walgreens, ace hardware stores, what does not sell after Christmas they box up and either ship back to main distributor center or store it for next year Also One thing i did notice with sears/kmart when I compared to HD, the same set of lights were priced different from the manufactor, ex GE c5 crystal 70 lights in HD was like $12-$13, but sears/kmart sold same for $16-$17
    13. Stopped at HD today by moms house, they were still stocked with clear incan over 120 boxes of 300 clear at $2.50 per box., icicle lights and other various other lights, most led, color and multi were sold out I did stop there on 12/31 and was there when girl was changing prices to 75% off, had store to myself but I bought nothing, did not really need anything
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