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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.

89ramchargergal2

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About 89ramchargergal2

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  • Birthday 06/04/1964

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    Indiana
  • Biography
    Married, work, love country life & all things old. I feel we are put here to collect, restore & preserve.
  • Interests
    gardening, collecting antiques (junk to some people), spending time w/ family
  • Occupation
    clerical
  • About my display
    Blowmolds & icicle lights. Nothing elaborate. Used to say I didn't like inflatables or wire frames, but after seeing many beautiful ones in displays here & elsewhere....I've changed my tune!

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  1. Wow, just as nice as your outside display! I love the shelves to show off the "little" ones! I bet you built those too, esp. if you can make those fantastic wood cut outs!!!! Which by the way I love the one of the cat on the cabinet! Ok, now I've got an order for the halloween cat band and this one too! LOL Great display!
  2. LOL I'm the same way - everything has to be in it's place. I'm still working on a few Thanksgiving things...when the new camera gets here I'll post pics My tradition is put up Christmas Thanksgiving evening....if we don't get home too late from my folks' house...or it's started the next day. I dread lugging up big totes from the basement, unpacking and deciding whether to put everything in the same place as last year or do something different...The cats love jumping into everything...I hope this year they will be good little kitties w/ the tree...it has all glass ornaments (old & new)...we'll see.....Have fun putting up all your goodies Matt, can't wait to see the finished display!
  3. Wow Chuck, glad to see you are finding some great pieces down your way! Congrats!
  4. Pepper- Love your halloween display!!! It has EVERYTHING and is so colorful!!! I love tall the carved pumpkins too!!! As soon as I get my (new) camera (fried the one I had ) I'll post my small halloween....and now Thanksgiving LOL Happy 8th B-Day to your granddaughter!!!
  5. Beautiful! I love all the colors!
  6. Love it! Esp. the spider web, all the pumpkins & ghosts!
  7. Beautiful display, esp. love the "green" lighting effect!
  8. Wow love it! The witches w/ their "brew" is my fav. too! Great job!
  9. Congrats on your finds Pep! I love the egg. Haven't gotten any yet, but I know someone who has them and I'm just waiting for them to sell them LOL!
  10. Matt your display is absolutely fantastic!!!! I love all the candy corn, lollies, and "happy" ghosts! All the pumpkins and dressed up bears are so cute!! Love it!! I just got my camera emptied, so I hope to post my very small display soon! My son just loved your display, he wants to go trick or treating at your house! LOL I told him it's too far away!
  11. Wow that cemetery sign and columns are fantastic!!! Great job! Love all the pumpkins together too!
  12. Thanks Shawn! I know I wont' get this done for this years display, but I'm definitely doing this for next years! I'll be shopping for the pails (maybe can get them for reduced price cause I'm on a "budget" too isnt' everyone these days?) How did you do the lighting for the "stack"? Did you do a one c7 cord for each or did you have a cord that had several c7's hooked up? Sorry, I am not an "electrical" person by anymeans!
  13. Shawn your display is FANTASTIC!!! I love it all!! You've got to tell me how you did the pumpkin pail totem poles, Please??? I love the cuts outs esp. the cat band!! I want a set!! You did a great job painting all of the cutouts!! I love the handmade stuff, never would have thought of using the sippy cups...I'm gonna have to go looking for some...and I'm so glad I've never gotten rid of my son's when he was a toddler! Now I know what to do w/ them! Thank you for the sharing! Love it!!
  14. WOW! What a great deal you got!!! I really like those angels w/ the trumpets! Congratulations!
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