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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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    love christmas
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  1. Did anyone get the 2013 inflatable carousel? I bought a similar one made by bzb goods a year or two ago and it won't stay up in wind. The one Gemmy put out this year is wider so I was thinking it may stay up better. Anyone know?
  2. Thank you guys so much! I downloaded the program and started watching the tutorials
  3. I am thinking about getting the singing snowman from Holiday Coro for next year. I just downloaded software from light o rama to see if I would be able to work it. How would I go about sequencing a character? Does anyone know where I can find a how to? Whenever I google it, all of the results are how to build singing faces or purchase sequences. Thanks!
  4. I ended up bringing them inside to totally dry out and the Minnie is working again. I also tried looking inside but with only the zipper next to the blower, it was hard to see.
  5. I have the Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto teacup inflatable. After a bad rainstorm the other day, Mickey and Minnie no longer turn correctly. They move a tiny, tiny bit but they it seems as if they are caught on something. I tried looking and don't see any twisted wires on anything. Has anyone else ever had this problem?
  6. We are supposed to get about 2 inches of snow mixed with sleet tomorrow. Do I need to put away all of my airblowns or can it deal with the weather?
  7. Gemmy has a short video of the tree on its You Tube channel
  8. I have a Gemmy teeter totter that I really like. However, the fabric always pops off the motor that spins it. I guess the seal it not very tight. Does anyone have any ideas how to fix this so it stays on the track and continues to move and stay inflated. I am not handy but any ideas would be very appreciated! Thanks!
  9. I'm super jealous! I went to the Lowes near me today and they are starting to put some products on the shelves but don't have any airblowns on display yet. I'm hoping if I check back in a week, they will have more to see!
  10. Don't know if you are still looking for this but yardinflatables.com says they will be getting in more this month and will be sold for $89.95. http://www.yardinflatables.com/10-Lazy-Snowman_p_1194.html
  11. I hope incandescents are still around for a long time to come! I prefer the softer look of them rather than LEDs. That being said, I am encouraged that over the last couple of years there seem to be some LEDs that are not as shockingly bright.
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