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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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      Be a good Santa

      Learn from my mistakes. I decided to try and be Santa to further the Christmas experience for all the kids that would stop in front of my house to watch the lights. The local department store had a “Santa-in-a-box” outfit for $29.95. The suit was made of a bright red corduroy imitation material with some sort of white fuzzy stuff for trim. The jacket had no buttons and you put it on like a t-shirt. The pants had a drawstring for a belt. The wig looked like a bunch of cotton balls glued to a skullcap. You attached the white eyebrows with double-faced tape and the beard was a strip of whi
    2. Being Santa Claus carries a lot of responsibilities. People see a good looking Santa and want to believe the best. Santas in cheap outfits that take no pride in what they’re doing make Christmas bad for the rest of us. If you’re going to be Santa, do it correctly from the beginning. Learn from my mistakes. I decided to try and be Santa to further the Christmas experience for all the kids that would stop in front of my house to watch the lights. The local department store had a “Santa-in-a-box” outfit for $29.95. The suit was made of a bright red corduroy imitation material with some
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      Aputernut

      Now that's a great looking tree!!! Love the twinkling base.
    5. Now that's an impressive display!!!
    6. This is so cleverly done. Excellent job!
    7. Love the way the house suddenly appears once your foot starts tapping to the musical beat.  Coooooool!
    8. That's so cool Christmas lights, computers and drones!!!
    9. Now this is a pretty amazing Halloween video. Excellent work!
    10. The PlanetChristmas community self-moderates. What in the world does self-moderate mean???? I rely on everyone to follow our three fundamental rules: family friendly, positive and Christmas centric. Anyone should feel comfortable allowing their six year old child or 100 year old mother to wander around PlanetChristmas and the forums. If you see a post violating any of our three rules before I do, please send me a private message (at the upper right of this page underneath the buttons) or high priority email at [email protected] and I will address the issue. PlanetChristmas has z
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