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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.

cooliocuneo

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About cooliocuneo

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  • Birthday 06/08/1974

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A Christmas Story
  • Location
    Bellingham, WA
  • Biography
    Husband and father of 2 young boys.
  • Interests
    I love music, video games and Christmas.
  • Occupation
    Real Estate Loan Officer
  • About my display
    Just beginning.

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  1. I start the day or weekend after Thanksgiving. My display is still static, so I can still put it up in one day.
  2. Hello, Sorry to hear of your husband's passing. I also live in Bellingham, but I don't think this is in the budget for this year. If you don't find a buyer, let me know in the new year and I'll see what I can do.
  3. Here is a link to similar thread:
  4. Nope, just wooden stakes. I'm at work right now, so I don't know the diameter, but let's about 1/2" by 3/4"? They fit nice and tight inside the candy canes, and since they're thinner than they are wide, there's space for the wire to hang down. I'll try to post some pics tonight.
  5. I like freaky, but that says Halloween, not Christmas. At least in my humble opinion.
  6. I just use wooden stakes. No zip ties, just pound into ground, and slip the candy cane over the 6" or so that I leave extending out of the ground. Cheap, easy, and most importantly, it works!
  7. Yes, very good point. I hope I didn't come off to hoity-toity.
  8. I'm a huge Nintendo fan, so I really appreciate these. My 3 1/2 yr old would LOVE them! I don't think Christmas and South Park go that well together personally. I find the show funny, but not relateable to Christmas. That's just me. Great job though! I might have to come up with my own Nintendo themed cut outs.
  9. That's a great deal. Buying when I get home this evening. At first, when I went to the page, I thought it was $.99 a song (which it is if you buy them individually), but it is also $.99 for the entire 280 song album! Even if you only keep a small hand full of them, amazing deal.
  10. Mitch, I'd love to see your display. I have a 2 1/2yr old son who I'm sure would go crazy seeing a real light show. Plus, with my wife seeing one in person, I'm sure it'd make it easier for me to go animated next year. What's your address? Or do you have a website with your info on it?
  11. That's a difficult story to read, I can't imagine how hard it must have been to write. It may only Oct 5th, but Merry Christmas to you Christopher.
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