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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 gopackgo1978

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      Smithton, IL
    • Biography
      Since I was a child I loved decorating the house and yard with Christmas Decorations.
    • Interests
      Christmas Cut Outs and Outddor Decorating at my home.
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    • About my display
      Mainly Lights, Cut Outs and trees.

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    1. Qberg, how do you brace your coro cut outs?
    2. Has anyone used a kilz primer on there coroplast cutouts? The Krylon Fusion paint works but it's hard to spray it on evenly and it likes to run if it gets too thick.
    3. That's what I'm looking for. I just would like a side view version. I'm going to have to watch the DVD and see if there is one.
    4. Thanks, I take that you put the DVD in the computer and use snag it? Is this something you download?
    5. I'm starting to work on some ideas for some new characters for my display. Since I was a kid, I have always loved the original Rudolph classic. What I would like to do is a large cut out with Santa in the sleigh and all the reindeer hooked to the sleigh. From the classic. I can't find any images online that will seem to work. I want to put it on my roof as if they have landed on it. Has anyone ever done this or have and images? I will also make some of the other characters for my yard and I have already found plenty of those images. Any ideas?
    6. Looks like I'm busying some to try a sample paint job on a piece of left over coro. What type of sealer do you use? Also does it cause yellowing? Not sure what this quote button is. Haven't figured it out.
    7. Thanks. Looks like I'm going to buy some and do a sample paint job on a piece of left over coro. What type of sealer do you buy? Also will it turn yellow?
    8. So you do use them or you have used them? The exterior paints I used last year worked great but my paints are going on 3 years and I'm not sure if paint expires. I don't want to pay $10 a quart again because with all the different colors would cost me over $200 bucks. The Home Depot doesn't sell the sample sizes in exterior colors. Do you have to put a uv protection on the acrylics?
    9. Has anyone ever used the Decoart Patio Paint on their coroplast cut outs? I normally have used exterior paints from Home Depot but with all the different colors it gets expensive. Expecially if its a color il you only need a small amount for. Any feedback is appreciated.
    10. How do these motors plug into an extension cord? Do the come with a plug?
    11. I purchased a used old school overhead projector of of ebay for like $20. Then printed images on the clear paper. I also purchased coloring books and, would put the clear page over the image and trace it. Printer ink is expensive.
    12. What type of wood did you use and how thick is it?
    13. What type of wood are you useing and how thick?
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