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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.

Mark The Snowman

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  1. You probably cut the tag off your mattress
  2. And that my friend is the way it is supposed to be
  3. Questions what's in the collapse zone? How much weight from the lights? How much movement if any in the fence? What is the size of your 32" base? What type of soil? Now lets get started.
  4. Are you concerned with using a indoor tree stand outside? I like the idea of your Santa tracker
  5. Yes but all of us here are. Welcome to the looney bin
  6. Nice molds. Do you know who made the toy soldier in first pic? I found 6 at a garage sale this summer.
  7. I really like the look of your porch. The snow also adds something
  8. Does that mean we all should buy the planet a giant bottle of Midol?
  9. Hi Lyman I may have missed it, but is the date of your expo?
  10. With all the talk of being able to see their lights from space surely someone has been visited.
  11. Anyone ever had Aliens vistors come check out your lights?
  12. Cherry tho after my grandmother passed I have never found any close to it's equal
  13. Name your favorite Pie for the geeks no Pi answer allowed.
  14. I was truly impressed with the snow flakes
  15. It will get fixed so far everything is coming back better than ever
  16. E=MC2 Engery = Mass x The Speed of Christmas Lights Squared (or The Joy Of Christmas Lights Shared)
  17. Just a thought and a thank you. If you go to bottom of the page and click Blue Christmas I have found it much more eye strain friendly. Thank you Chuck Smith for updating the site, it is already improved in many areas and getting better each day. Please don't over do it. Remember it will all come together with a little time. Again thank you Mark
  18. I lost both my parents in the last 4 years. Funny but the Christmas ornaments they left have more meaning now then ever. I would advise all of you to consider wisely how your various displays are to be devided. Many of these items unlocked emotions and memories I thought long forgotten. These tinkets are worth more than any money I could have ever inherited. So please don't be to quick with your decisions.
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