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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.

SoonerGurl

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About SoonerGurl

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  • Birthday 01/31/1974

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  • Location
    Venus, TX
  • Biography
    I am a stay at home Mom of 3. My husband and I have been married for 5 WONDERFUL years. I enjoy crafting, do-it-yourself, working on cars, gardening, cooking, baking, genealogy, college football, NASCAR, and probably a few other things I can't think of right off. ;)
  • Interests
    Christmas, NASCAR, college football...well, read above ;)
  • Occupation
    Stay at home MOM
  • About my display
    This year (2011) we are building our first ever REAL display! Our poor pitiful display for last year was a 6' pre-lit tree from Walmart on the front porch, 2 strings of peppermints that change colors (purchased from Lowes), a wedding arch that was repurposed for this year only that was wrapped with red and green tinsel garland, minis and hand made bows made from wire coat hangers, zip ties and tinsel garland.
  1. Hence the "aka 'Crack' Brownies" lol One of my former co-workers was a health nut and she tried one of these. She could NOT keep her hands off of them! She went home, made 2 pans and ate an entire pan of them by herself! LOL!!!
  2. 2 boxes Devil's food cake mix 1 can evaporated milk 1 package Kraft caramels candies 1 package chocolate chips 1 package pecan halves or pecan pieces In a blender, mix 1 box of cake mix and 1/3 cup evaporated milk (Do NOT follow package instructions for cake mix!). Once "dough" has formed, pat down into greased 13x9 pan. Bake at 350* just until puffed up (6-10 minutes). While cake is cooking, melt caramels with 1/3 cup evaporated milk over medium-low heat in saucepan. Remove cake from oven and immediately sprinkle bag of chocolate chips onto hot cake layer. Pour melted caramels over chocolate chips, sprinkle with pecans. In blender, mix remaining box of cake mix and 1/3 cup evaporated milk. Sprinkle cake dough on top of pecan layer and return to oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven, let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  3. Unfortunately when this neighborhood was built, all of the yards are sloped downward away from the road and there is no guttering in the least bit. My concern is that I think if we did the whole yard though, our front window would be AT yard level, if not lower. Maybe I could just create a water theme and build things that float? Looks like it is time to break out the tools (line chalk, stakes and level) again and figure out where "level" is with the street and go from there, eh?
  4. Just wondering if anyone has dealt with low spots in their display area and how you have managed workarounds or fixes? My Dad has advised to get some dirt to fill in the lower areas, but I my logic "sees" the fill dirt just "displacing" the standing water to elsewhere in my yard, or maybe a better term would be "evenly distributed" so that the whole thing has standing water? THIS is what my front yard looks like after we've had a lot of rain... [ATTACH=CONFIG]41927[/ATTACH]
  5. Thank you all I appreciate all of the tips and advice and encouragement.
  6. SoonerGurl

    New to PC

    Thank you for your dedication and service to this wonderful country! Welcome to PC I am a newbie here as well and cannot tell you how many notes I have already taken down. The information here is incredible! My family and I will be praying for a speedy FULL recovery for you, God bless you and yours.
  7. We have an attic, no basement and summertime in Texas is NOT something I would want that to "ferment" in LOL
  8. Another thing to beware of are the male cats that aren't clipped...they will SPRAY your tree! We had a tree on our front porch that went to the dump today because of a cute little cat that started showing up not long before we put up our display. I am sure there is a way to get the smell out somehow, but I just really do not have the desire to de-spray a tree...call me crazy lol. I will gladly bite the bullet on this one and just replace it.
  9. CLEARLY...it was user error...aka BLONDE thing! lol Thanks for the info, I will definitely keep that at the front of my mind (and ideas!) for LOR.
  10. They didn't show up because that is how AWESOME it was! HA!!! Trying this again...it better work! As far as this year...we are building things that move...hoping to incorporate some sequencing but we aren't 100% sure on that just yet. And the last picture of the front yard....that's how much space we're working with. My "side" yard is a utility easement, going to maybe construct something to hide those ugly boxes that we won't get into trouble for with city ordinances. [ATTACH=CONFIG]41833[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]41835[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]41837[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]41836[/ATTACH]
  11. I am *so glad* I found PC! I cannot even begin to put into words how much so. I discovered this place doing a google search for some build plans and I HAD to join! Of course I don't think I have left the site very much since then...other than to do my daily routine and sleep. LOL My husband is already growing a bit concerned every time I come to him with "Hey, I was thinking..." ideas. He kind of does that scratches his head, looks down and kind of hits himself of the head thing. I was worried he is coming down with something, maybe brain bugs or something, when I realized, he only does that when I mention new ideas! Ok, so seriously...I will attach pictures of my poor pitiful lights from this last Christmas, but I am warning everyone right now....it is so very, very sad. You will either cry or you will laugh, or maybe even both if you laugh too much. lol Christmas 2011 can't get here quick enough...or maybe it can. I have a LOT of things to make and a lot more to learn! As a "newbie", I just want to thank each and every one of you for sharing thoughts, ideas, how-to's, photos, videos and everything else that you do (including this site, Chuck!) for people like me who are totally clueless and who never would have guessed you could make a tree out of a tomato cage. My inner geek is in total heaven [ATTACH=CONFIG]41830[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]41829[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]41832[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]41831[/ATTACH]
  12. This HAS to be the coolest semi EVER! Thanks for posting!!!
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