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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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    1. I am looking to replace the C7 on our wireframe train and need about 300 lights. I called 1000bulbs.com and they were very rude and acted like I was bothering them with my order. So I will not be using them and wanted to pass my experience onto others looking for bulb replacements.
    2. Last weekend we got these for $100 And then this past weekend we got all this plus 2 genral foam ghosts, 2 ghosts coming out of the pumpkin, and two gargolyles.
    3. Here in Northern NC we are being blown away with the winds. I have all out airblowns off; a couple have blown so bad they are unstaked. Luckily my blow molds are all on rebar or pvc, so they are just blowing in place. A couple have lifted off some but I pushed them back down. The Santa in the chimney near blew off the roof last night, despite all the weight on it. Hopefully the wind will die down by tomorrow so I can put it back up.
    4. We got all this for under $60. I don't think they had anything over $20 for hallowen.
    5. The Tarboro location is having a Halloween Shop again next Saturday. Then Christmas opens the day after Thanksgiving. We have not been to the Virgina location this year, but I think they open the first week in November. It's well worth the drive, especially for Christmas.
    6. We took a trip to GF today and got a few things. I am so excited to finally have a gargoyle.
    7. I called them yesterday and they said they are open to the public right now. I am planning on traveling up there on Saturday.
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