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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 OpieKAT

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  • Birthday 07/22/1962

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    Chandler, Indiana, USA
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    Christmas, BlowMolds, Collecting, Cats, Reading, Travel
  1. I just saw the 2012 General Foam catalog (thanks for posting it!) and it appears that the Wisemen C61820 will not be available this year. Here is a picture of these WiseMen on Home Depot's website: http://www.homedepot.com/buy/decor-holiday-decorations-christmas-indoor-christmas-decorations-home-accents-christmas-village/wisemen-statues-set-of-3-250667.html I am also looking for the camel that matches this set. Does anyone know where I might find a leftover set of Wisemen or the Camels? Thank you! Karen
  2. I too would like to see pictures. I'm not sure I have this set.
  3. Lights have been taken. Thank you for your response!
  4. I just found several white C9 replacement bulbs still in the package (these are WHITE bulbs NOT CLEAR!). There are eight packages with four bulbs each (unopened) -- from WalMart a long time ago (the packages are dusty). I'll ship them to the first person that emails their mailing address to [email protected] Thank you!
  5. Great Find! I'm never that lucky! You say you left a bunch behind -- if you aren't going back for them, can you tell me how to get in touch with him? Mother always told me that it never hurts to ask! Thank you, and again, great find! Congrats! Karen
  6. Hi, Are these the strings that you are ordering? http://www.kunlih.com.tw/2prolist.php?class=10 Are these lights on this page what we call "rice" lights? Very tiny LEDs? If so, there is no way to snap a cover over them, is there? I am looking for custom LED strings of 35 and 50 -- but with 5 or 6 inch spacing. But, I'd also like to snap a cover over them as I plan to stick the light through a piece of wood that has had holes drilled for a design. Make any sense? Thank you! Karen:tree:
  7. Hi Scott -- I checked out the LINK that you suggested. I have a couple of questions. The first socket listed (A) shows that it is rated for a maximum of 75Watts -- is this a misprint? I've not seen a 75W bulb fit a 1" hole? I'm not trying to be stupid -- I just want to be absolutely sure that I purchase the right thing. I like these cords from your link because they don't have the inline switch. I know the cords that are puchased at Wal-Mart are rated for indoor use only but I've not had any trouble with using them outdoors OTHER than the inline switches will go bad a little qucker. Last question -- Can you purchase JUST the metal clip? Either from this company or from any other? Thank you! Karen
  8. Hello, I just saw your post. Where can you find the replacement heads for the 30" choir angels? I actually need the eyes -- for the ones that were taped or pasted on. I saw someplace on the web where you could get these eyes but I can't seemed to find it now that I need some. Any help will be appreciated! Thank you! Karen
  9. Hi, I just saw your post. You can find a six light cord -- go to your nearest Dept 56 dealer. . . they have the a variety of multi-light cords for their villages. If you don't have a dealer nearby, let me know and I'll get what you need from my local place -- of course, it will have to be after Christmas. I hope this helps. Karen
  10. Please send a copy of the Union Lists to [email protected] Thank you very much! Karen
  11. Hi, I am new to this site as of Christmas Day 2005. Please email me an address where I can send my $7 for your BlowMold CD. I've been collecting blowmolds for years and am excited to discover this CD. My family and I put out a rather large display every year -- NO AIR-THINGIES (don't even know what they are called!) -- just blowmolds and custom wood designs. I'll post a website of picturesif anyone is interested. Thank you! I look forward to your CD! [email protected]
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