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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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About DBmyers59

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  • Birthday 02/21/1959

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    Artist, mechanic, tinkerer
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    Plans to make a Waving Santa with moving animated toys in his pack

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  1. Thanks! The motor was ordered from Winfield Collection. He has a very nice kit with all hardware needed. Here is the link. http://www.thewinfieldcollection.com/product/3138/Motorized_Parts_KIts
  2. Thanks for the video advice. I posted 2 clips to youtube. One front view and one rear showing the operating mechanism. I hope these links work. http://youtu.be/e1f6eU-2acA
  3. Thanks for all of your kind comments. I have to admit that I AM an artist, from a long line of artists in my family. My father was the tinkerer in my family, and I made this in honor of him. He passed away this summer, but he did get to see the finished project , and was very pleased. It was all hand drawn and painted with brushes, using "craft" acrylic paint,(the kind you get at any art supply store for 99 cents a bottle). An exterior weather/ uv protectant sealer was applied over the paint. I have plans for additional pieces to go with the Santa. A Sleigh and bucking reindeer and maybe a few elves. This project involved about 60 hours in my spare time , and a 200$ budget.
  4. Hello to all. I found this website last year when I was researching my Santa project. It was extremely helpfull! I wanted to share my project with you now that it is finished and maybe get some feedback on how it went. It is a plywood Santa, aprox 6 ft tall with a motorized waving arm. I based the artwork on a Santa from a magazine cover about 15 years ago. The toys in his bag are all from my childhood or that era. Its a salute to the classic style Coca Cola / Norman Rockwell illustration Santas with a retro feel. I hope you enjoy it. I look forward to your feedback and will answer questions about the build. Be patient, I dont get to the computer on a regular basis. I tried to attach 2 videos from my cell phone of the project operating, but they done seem to be showing up. Any suggestions? Thanks
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