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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.

Chuck

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  1. Chuck

    Vendor listing

    The vendor listing page is back! Look at the top menu bar. Other -> Vendors
  2. Chuck

    Vendor listing

    Wellll... it had become quite out of date. Do you think it should be brought back to life?
  3. Still working on restoring the magazines link. Please stand by.
  4. 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 😭
  5. Does TapaTalk now work with PlanetChristmas?
  6. 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!.
  7. 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!
  8. PlanetChristmas is migrating to a new host so there might be occasional outages as data is moved around. Please bear with us.
  9. So way coooooooool! How many pixels are on the roof matrix?
  10. Took me a second to get that one.... No worries. No Facebook. No constant advertising. No mind reading ?
  11. Looking for ideas to improve PlanetChristmas for 2019. Already on my list: Combine website and forums into one with emphasis on the forums. ... and that's as far as I've gotten Any suggestions?
  12. Like WOW!!!!! That's amazing! Any details you can share?
  13. Images and videos stay where they are unless they were linked to an old post. You should be good to go.
  14. The PlanetChristmas forums have been around... like forever. We've started shifting some of the dated and off-beat stuff to a new area called 'The Good Old Days.' Everything is still searchable but tucked out of the way. If you have suggestions for new forums, please let us know.
  15. I really like that idea. Let me work on figuring out how to archive a lot of the old stuff yet keep it searchable. I'm wide open for what new subforums we should have and how each should be titled.
  16. Back in the good old days PlanetChristmas was the happening place... only because we had been around from the beginning. Many years ago I debated shifting the PlanetChristmas forums to Facebook but could never get comfortable with all the ads and the fact Facebook could change their mind about what was approved on their platform at any time... so the PlanetChristmas forums continues to hang around. If you have any suggestions how we can improve the community, please let me know.
  17. I've been reading all the latest news about how Facebook has been sharing user information with 'suspicious actors' around the world. I've always thought it a bit creepy how only stuff I like seems to show up in my feeds. Information gathered at PlanetChristmas is not shared with any entity. That explains why you see the stuff you like as well as the stuff you don't like. Your information at PlanetChristmas is safe and secure. Now I'm starting to wonder... was life better before Twitter and Facebook?
  18. Seems there's been a problem with posting ads to the Classifieds (Buy/Sell/Trade) section of the PlanetChristmas forums. After a few days of spinning in circles, things are now working as they should. I've made a slight change to the Classifieds system. Posting is now free for everyone. Look for the 'Buy/Sell/Trade' link in the main menu bar or just goto http://forums.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/classifieds/
  19. Well that took some digging. Seems it was in the 'Motorized Contraptions' subforum that I had disabled. It's back! Do a search on 'My Love for Hamberger Displays' and you should be rewarded for your patience.
  20. Like whoooooaaaaa. What happened to the forums? Everything has gone dark! Why? It's easier on the eyes? It's trendy right now? Chuck's finally lost it and gone nutso? Probably a bit of all but if you don't like the darkness then: Scroll to the bottom of the page. Look for a link called "Theme" and click it. Pick 'PlanetChristmas Theme (Magnum Light)' and all will return to the good old days.
  21. You've probably noticed a new block on the homepage of the forums. It's called a chatbox. Not totally sure how useful it is in real life but let's play with it. Let me know what you think.
  22. I made some tweaks to the main menu bar. There's a new item called 'Activity'. Click it for a bunch of options. Hope this makes navigation a little easier.
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