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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.

Rita D

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About Rita D

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  • Birthday March 1

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  • Location
    Houston Tx
  • Biography
    Stay @ home mom
  • Interests
    Love decorating for the holidays - go over the top for Halloween and working on Christmas.
  • Occupation
    Stay at home mom
  • About my display
    Ususally decorate with inflatables but have just now "discovered" blow molds. I've had a 40" Santa for a number of years and finally dragged him out of the attic. Just loved the way he looked and now am looking to find more friends for him so he won't be so lonely.
  1. I don't want my inflatable to get damaged by winds, so if I'm around the house when they should come on (I have them on a timer) I deflate them during the strong winds. When things are calmer, I inflate them.
  2. Santaigrhs: I'm curious as to why you went "snowless" in your snowglobes? Can you share your thoughts with us?
  3. Love your inflatable collection. Thanks for sharing your display video.
  4. Yep, that's were I found fuses last year when no-one else had the one I needed.
  5. Yep...you're right - sorry. This set will look great in your display. Congrats on the find! Coming back to edit this post....I know why I confused you with someone else. You and "sucker punch" have the same avatar and that's where the confusion came into play. It's hard to remember names, but so easy to remember an avatar. LOL!!!
  6. Now you've got 2 santa/sleighs. Are you gonna make this one fly too?
  7. I like your mailbox personalization - it's good you have a short last name - LOL! Do you display your skelemingos year round or only at Halloween?
  8. I wish someone in my area would throw molds away.... Great find for you!
  9. I didn't look at the pricing just the santas. Cool idea. I wonder if they just paint on top of the original paint or strip the mold. But, I would guess they just paint over the top as it would be too time consuming to strip and then paint.
  10. That's a contant worry for me - both at Halloween and Christmas as I'm the only one in my area that has molds and inflatables. I'm the house that everyone has to come to on Halloween and I'm working up to that for Christmas. I paid good money for all my molds and when I put them out I just pray that no-one wants it more than me - LOL. Whenever I hear voices in the front yard, I have to check it out. Usually it's just the kids stopping by to see the decorations, but I still have to check it out - LOL. I don't have a fence, so it would be easy pickins to get something from my yard. So far, the only thing that's come up missing is a skull at Halloween - had to be a kid who took that one so I have been extremely lucky. Just like Jim, I get a smile on my face each and every time I see my decorated yard. I guess it's the kid in me coming to the surface so I'll keep doing year after year.
  11. There's nothing more frustrating than getting an inflatable out and finding out it's not working correctly. What a downer Good luck in getting this one going!
  12. Boy oh boy.....absolutely amazing. You do beautiful work. Just love the deer - definitely a custom made set!!! Thanks for posting the last picture so we can see the detail you've included on the deer. I bet you've got all the neighbors stopping by to see your display. Where in Texas are you located?
  13. Love your house! That's a great display you have and the layout works well with you yard. I like the music notes you put up with your choir - very original! What a cool looking wagon to have in your front yard. Is there a story behind that?
  14. The display looks AWESOME!!! The only problem I see is that there are no lights on the boat - what happened there???? I too love the flying santa - that set is definitely on my wish list.
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