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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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    About SantaJoe

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      My first Christmas with my lovely wife
    • Location
      Millville, NJ
    • Biography
      i'm not that interesting. Looking forward to getting married and having the best display!
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      Christmas lights
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    • About my display
      Just getting started.
    1. Sorry Dano. I did not construct these myself, I purchased them.
    2. Does anyone have LOR sequences they would share for LED video curtains? I'd especially like Easter ones, so I can have them in my Easter display. I have two curtains, but I would take a sequence for just one if I could double it. These just arrived and I have no idea how to program them. I'm sure I won't be able to learn by Easter so if anyone has sequences to share I would thank you.
    3. SantaJoe


      I'm getting ready to put out my Easter blow molds. Maybe this weekend. I'm really hoping my LED curtains get here in time. I'd really like to debut them for the most important day of the year.
    4. I've had our Church put a notice in the bulletin. I hope they will do it again for me this year despite all that has happened.
    5. I don't use GFCIS anymore, but there's a difference between the breaker tripping, and the GFIC tripping. My GFICS tripped all the time, but when we had regular outlets put in, the breaker didn't trip. I'm being told elsewhere that this is unsafe, maybe it is, but I don't think new outlets are going to change anything. You could have 100 breakers and outlets and if you're tree is in water the GFICS will trip.
    6. Why is that not safe? If the breaker didn't trip, you didn't overload anything.
    7. Brandon, be careful. If you ask someone for a blow mold other than what is offered there are some who will torment you. I recommend sending a PM to the seller, that is what I do now. I hope you can learn from my mistake.
    8. I keep telling my wife I need to try the Ebay! One more reason!
    9. Where did you get that treasure?
    10. Paul that is great! Are you able to reuse the "snow" or do you have to buy new each year?
    11. I have been warned that some people here are trying to get me to say something that will get me banned from Planet Christmas. For that reason I am done with this thread. I asked a question and got an answer. I have learned. For those who answered my question without causing trouble, thank you.
    12. Look, I do not mean to drag anyone's name through anything. I have been warned that there are bad apples here. Some I have experienced myself. Some I have read what they wrote. Some I was warned about. I will tell everyone what I told this blow mood seller. I am not slandering anyone. All your past posts are there for anyone to read as I did. I did not make anyone say anything, you have created your own reputations.
    13. Carrie S, if you had read my post, I am new. I am sorry (wrong thread! I know!) for asking what everyone send to think is a dumb question. I am new. If I don't know something I ask. Now I know. I do not know why you think I mean to slander anyone. That is not true. Yes I had a misunderstanding with someone today. I do not agree with how he acted, but that is between him and me (and God.) Clearly you are friends with him. That is OK. I already had an idea what type of people he was friends with.
    14. Guys, please help. I wanted to alert everyone to a problem I have had and hope that you can avoid it. I was trying to buy a blow mold from a member at PC. This is not a store, this is just one person who has blow molds to sell. I do not know how he got them if he is not a store, I did not think to ask. But the problem is, I thought since he wasn't a store, he would send me the blow molds and then I would pay for them once they got here and were in good shape. But he said that it doesn't work that way. He said I should send him the money first and then he would send me the blow molds.
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