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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.

Chris Faina

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  1. I would be more than willing to... but these were quite a few years back and I don't have them anymore. I get all my ideas from doing a google image search for whatever I want and "coloring pages". I do customize some though, I may have drawn Buzz Lightyear in that position and the alien in the stocking myself. Same with Mr. Potato Head's santa hat. The "Planet Z" sign was custom drawn based on signs like that on the Buzz Lightyear ride in Disneyland.
  2. haha we've thought about it!
  3. Another set from a years back. This was another one at my parents house where we did a toy drive for the Bay Area Crisis Nursery to go along with the Toy Story theme and to help out children in need. Let me know what you think!
  4. Hey everybody, I'm a long time lurker but a newer member. I'm working on a new set currently but it won't be ready for this year as my wife is 36 weeks pregnant with our 3rd child who is due right around Christmas. I'll post pictures but I don't want to give the idea away too soon! Anyway, here's a Nightmare Before Christmas set from a few years back. Let me know what you think!
  5. Whatever I can get my hands on! I use the thinner stuff like 1/4 inch for smaller pieces, and the thicker like 1/2 inch for the bigger ones. never had a problem with em. I get almost all of my wood for free. I've used crappy reclaimed wood and just sanded it smooth first. Again I've never had a problem. I use acrylic paints and varnish them. Some of the cutouts are 12-15 years old.
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