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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. Now this is a pretty amazing Halloween video. Excellent work!
  2. 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 zero tolerance for rule breakers. Violators will lose all rights with no notification. Your help is most appreciated.
  3. Great mix of audio/video/ RGB floods and old fashioned Christmas lights!
  4. The December 2013 issue of PlanetChristmas Magazine is ready! The staff has been hard at work creating the latest edition of PlanetChristmas Magazine and it's full of all sorts of information you can use this season. It's free, digital and the best part is you can read PlanetChristmas Magazine on your computer, tablet or smartphone. We even give you the option to send the magazine to a printer connected to your computer so you can read it when away from technology. Showing Off 2013 Top 10 Setup Ideas Rethinking Decorating 10 Santa Tips ‘Twas the Night Before… PlanetChristmas Website The Best Christmas Cookies EVER N.B. Scuttlebutt … and so much more! You can see the magazine by clicking the magazine cover, clicking here or go to: http://www.planetchristmas.com/Magazine/December2013/ See our other magazine at the PlanetChristmas website.
  5. Wow! Well done, both inside and out!
  6. Another outstanding display by Ron!!!
  7. Love the exploding snowflakes on the façade. The entire display is very well done!
  8. We're always looking for great pictures to share with others in the PlanetChristmas community. Many show up on the website and a few are published in PlanetChristmas magazine. Ready to become famous? Send us your pictures!
  9. We want to see what you've created this year! If you have posted your video to YouTube or Vimeo, give us he link by going here so everyone can see!
  10. I keep hearing the media quote experts from places like the 'XYZ Think Tank.' What's a think tank? According to Wikipedia: A policy institute (often termed "think tank" by journalists) is an organization that performs research and advocacy concerning topics such as social policy, political strategy, economics, military, technology, and culture. What about Christmas??? Where's it going to be 10 years from now? 50 years? A century??? Want to join the PlanetChristmas Think Tank? Look for the new Think Tank forums. We're talking futures and it's our chance to lead the world.
  11. First Reality-Competition Program of its Kind is Produced by FremantleMedia North America “Lights, Camera, Christmas!” is a new competition series in which 16 families from across America will decorate their homes to the extreme for Christmas – in ways that would certainly make even Clark Griswold envious – for a $50,000 Grand Prize. The series will air this December on ABC. In the first nationwide Christmas lights competition of its kind for television, four families will compete each week to transform their homes for the holidays in just 21 days. These 16 families were chosen through an extensive nationwide search, based on their previous elaborate Christmas light displays, incredible choreography and over-the-top designs. The four finalists will be flown to a surprise finale city to compete for the $50,000 Grand Prize. “LIGHTS, CAMERA, CHRISTMAS!” comes from FremantleMedia North America (“American Idol,” “America’s Got Talent”). Brady Connell and Max Swedlow (both “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) are Executive Producers for the series. Executive Producers for FremantleMedia North America are Thom Beers and Jennifer Mullin. Find more information at the following links: http://m.bwwtvworld.com/article/ABC-to-Premiere-New-Competition-Series-THE-GREAT-CHRISTMAS-LIGHT-FIGHT-129-20131024 http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/11/04/abc-announces-holiday-programming-including-a-charlie-brown-thanksgiving-and-the-great-christmas-light-fight/213447/ http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-hyatt-christmas-television-20131105,0,1845551.story
  12. We're pulling together the next edition of PlanetChristmas magazine and have a need for articles. Now's your chance to become 'published.' We can offer fame... but not fortune. Have a Christmas related subject you want to share with others? Write it up and we'll make you look good in the magazine. Don't worry about the length of the article. You'll know when you're done. Have a product you want to review and let the world know what you think about it? We'll consider publishing that, too. Ready to roll out a new product and want to tell the world. That's one of the reasons PlanetChristmas magazine is here. Tempted? Shoot me an email if you have an idea for something you want to do. [email protected]
  13. Better than ever before, the new and improved September 2013 issue of PlanetChristmas Magazine has hit the streets! Here’s a peek at what’s inside: Dip your toe in the RGB waters 8 Pixel RGB House Mega-Tree on the Roof Mini-Trees Incandescent Splicing Animatronics Light-O-Rama Class Indoor Displays … and so much more! Because we want to be good for the environment, PlanetChristmas Magazine is all digital. No paper and no postage needed. What does that mean for you? It’s free! http://www.planetchristmas.com/Magazine/September2013
  14. I've been getting a steady stream of concerns that the Blow Molds forum has 'lost its way.' That's not good. There are just three simple rules we all follow at PlanetChristmas. We're: Positive, Family Friendly and Christmas Centric If you see a post that isn't appropriate, report it. Please help me keep PlanetChristmas a great place for everyone.
  15. Love the 'roof' keyboard in the beginning!
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