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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. More updates and refreshes today. Things should look a bit better... especially the video thumbnails... or not. Tapatalk is proving to be a challenge. The forums vendor (Invision Power) prefers us to now use their mobile app that can be downloaded from Apple or Android. I'm waiting on an update from Tapatlk.
    2. We have a new Classifieds section in the PlanetChristmas forums. The old one had become dated and was no longer supported by the vendor. The new Classifieds module is a bit different but the goal is simple: you can place a 'Christmas-centric' classified ad for no charge. If you find a buyer then the financial transaction must happen outside of PlanetChristmas. Now I just have to figure out how to configure this monster.
    3. The PlanetChristmas Forums were upgraded to the latest/greatest software today, Wednesday, September 9, 2020. If things look a bit different or something is now confusing when it was once easy... well, I'm working on it.
    4. I have this saying: "the easiest thing to do is nothing." Most people seem to default to this setting. Sooooooo... I'm going to leave things alone, at least for this season .) But... I'm wide open for suggestions on how to make PlanetChristmas a better place. Please let me know here or send an email to me at [email protected]
    5. This time of year I always start seeing used Christmas equipment changing hands. We currently have a Buy/Sell/Trade area in the PlanetChristmas forums but it's pretty crude. Can't help but think there's a way to make this easier. I need to keep pondering this. My goal is always to keep PlanetChristmas pertinent to today's decorator. Facebook has certainly made that challenging when it comes to posts. To me the hundreds of thousands of old PlanetChristmas posts are a real treasure trove of information but the newbies seem to care less about how we solved a problem a year ago... much le
    6. PlanetChristmas used to be the hip and happening place for Christmas decorators. In the early days it wasn't unusual for the site to trip off-line because of too much traffic. The stories I can tell... Then along came Facebook. Now anyone can create their own version of a Christmas group and Facebook handles all the behind-the-scenes heavy lifting. I'm considering changing the PlanetChristmas website to a Christmas-centric classified ad site. I'm seeing a growing need for Christmas decorators to have an easy way to move stuff between themselves. The classified ads, as usual woul
    7. The vendor listing page is back! Look at the top menu bar. Other -> Vendors
    8. Wellll... it had become quite out of date. Do you think it should be brought back to life?
    9. Still working on restoring the magazines link. Please stand by.
    10. I'll probably regret doing this... but I've added animated GIFs to PlanetChristmas. When typing a new message, look for the icon on the right of the text editing toolbar that looks like a square frame with a mountain in it. Hover over this icon and it will say GIFs. Click it and have fun. OMG. I'm already regretting it 😭
    11. Does TapaTalk now work with PlanetChristmas?
    12. Scroll to the bottom of most any screen of PlanetChristmas and you'll see a link called 'Theme.' Click it to see a list of available themes. They're typically labeled light or dark. Click the one you like and watch the magic!.
    13. Well... we're finally back on-line. Behind the scenes, PlanetChristmas needed to switch to a more robust host which is normally not a big deal but the PlanetChristmas forums include a huge database and about a zillion files that become challenging to move around. There were also some significant DNS issues. I'm now in the process of bringing some of the old website pages done in another format to our new site. Stay tuned. There's more stuff on the way!
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