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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.

    Kathy Byrd

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      Grew up in Southern California...Living in Louisiana!
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      PLUS, Christmas lights and a whole lot more!
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      Lights, music and a lot of fun!

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    1. Rudolph, Frosty and Santa are synonymous with Christmas. The congregation at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church on Bainbridge Island would like to remind folks of another important Christmas figure: Jesus. “There are a lot of great displays to drive around and see Christmas lights, but there really isn’t a Bethlehem,” church member Dianne Thompson said. On Dec. 2 and 3, the parking lot of the church will be transformed into a 1st Century village, complete with Roman soldiers, wise men, an inn and, of course, a manger. Visitors can stay cozy as they drive through the makeshift city
    2. Rudolph, Frosty and Santa are synonymous with Christmas. The congregation at Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church on Bainbridge Island would like to remind folks of another important Christmas figure: Jesus. “There are a lot of great displays to drive around and see Christmas lights, but there really isn’t a Bethlehem,” church member Dianne Thompson said. On Dec. 2 and 3, the parking lot of the church will be transformed into a 1st Century village, complete with Roman soldiers, wise men, an inn and, of course, a manger. Visitors can stay cozy as they drive through the makeshift city
    3. Dale, add me to the list!!! A big "THANK YOU" to those of you who sent cards to my mother (Barbara Carroll) last Christmas (2010). She was in the nursing home and you all made her last Christmas very special! If any of you have a parent in a nursing home, let me know and I will send them a Christmas card too!!
    4. Hi ya'll! GOOD NEWS: I mailed cards for me and Barbara Carroll (my mom) on Monday and included an ornament in each card! BAD NEWS: Today I got one of my own cards back because the address label had come off. Hopefully, this only happened to one of the cards, but if anyone doesnt get our cards in about a week; please let me know!! Just PM me here on PC. Thanks!
    5. Awesome! Thanks for the tip about converting them to electric! That would have been my NEXT question! Looks like a trip back to the store for me!!! Thanks!!!
    6. This is a link to Gemmy's Halloween Strobe lights: http://www.gemmy.com/halloween/lighting/item/lighting/light-string-strobe-lights-wsound-thunder-12-60146 I was wondering if anyone has figured a way to kill the noisemaker and just use the strobe lights? Thanks!
    7. This link is to the multiple video's from Michaels (craft store) showing a specialized painting technique called "one stroke painting". You load a brush with several colors of paint and with one stroke you have both the color and shading. The technique seems easy, and the multiple videos show lots of variations and how to do it easily as well as demos of several products to make painting easier. http://www.michaels.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-Michaels-Site/default/Search-ShowContent?fdid=tipstechniques-craftpainting-videos I think it may be an especially useful technique for those l
    8. Here's a link to a great tutorial for painting wooden figures: http://www.landolights.com/main/content/view/62/39/ I believe the person who made the tutorial is a Planet Christmas member, but I dont know who it is. Two years ago, my Mom painted the penguin building an igloo scene. We primed the wood first, then used the full sheet (4x8ft) of transfer paper to copy the paper pattern onto the wood. We used a roto-zip cutter to actually cut the wood, and didnt have much trouble with splintering. We used the exact color the instructions recommended. As mentioned by others here, view
    9. My windows have a wooden frame around them. I put a small finishing nail at each top corner of the indoor window frame. (ie nail placed into the drywall; at the 2 corners where the sides of the window frame meet the top) I folded a string of 100 lights in 1/3 and then centered the lights around the left/top/right sides of the window and used the nails to hold the lights in place. I also used 2 strings of lights and used a small zip lock tie around the lights and over the nail to hold it in place. I also use this technique to mount garland around my front door. Nails above the door, drape
    10. No one but YOU knew exactly what big awesomely creative ideas and plans that you have in mind every year for your holiday display!!! SO, no one but YOU will be disappointed if you dont meet or exceed those expectations!!! Trust me. Everyone else will be so excited to see your display!!! Now when they want to know what you have planned for next years display...just smile and say "Santa hasn't told me yet...Come back next year and you see for yourself!"
    11. I know you're not a beginner, but these suggestions are meant to show beginners that there can be several causes/solutions to a problem as well as to give encouragement to you and others who are struggling with something that doesnt come out exactly as they envisioned. 1) If you are having trouble with the weight of the lights making it "buckle": are you using the flutes up and down or parallell to the ground. If the flutes are upright (as they should be to distribute the weight evenly) try adding a few 1X2 pieces of wood to the back as a brace. 2) If you are having trouble with th
    12. What I found interesting was: Christmas lights were mentioned on the scale!
    13. Look at what I found on youtube! Lakeland Miniature Show and Sale-Our Town Pt 1 Enjoy!
    14. If you dont mind a little work: How bout using a halloween mask filled up with a balloon or newspaper to make it hold its shape, then putting paper mache' on top to redo the face from scary to santa-like! A little paint, a wig and a great set of clothes and you wont know the ol' boy came from a totally different holiday! Using the mask as the base will allow you to have the ready made facial features in the mostly correct proportions, especially useful if you are semi-artistically challenged like me!
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