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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.

Michael Freholm

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About Michael Freholm

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  • Birthday 05/11/1967

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Going to the Christmas house on Skyline Drive in Ashland, Ky. It was pure magic.
  • Location
    Raceland, KY

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  1. Sorry man, you are just out of my reach. I live in North East KY.
  2. Hey kids! Anyone familar with this mold? I don't remember ever seeing it before.
  3. Hey kids! Here's a pic of me when I was a little guy with a Santa and sleigh. Can anyone identify it for me? Thanks!
  4. BTW if anyone has any advice on how to fix the Beco kid's books, I'm all ears.
  5. Mine is nowhere as big as the others shown (I've only been collecting molds since March) but I LOVE it!
  6. I live in Northeast Ky and came home to a bit of a mess. I did a pretty good job of securing things though because I think it could've been worse...
  7. Sorry to rehash an overhashed topic. It was late and I was frustrated so I thought it easier to just post rather than search. Lowe's BTW does not carry them anymore. The guy at Lowe's said they stopped because they were unsafe and people were using them in ways they were not intended. Guess he was talking about us! grin I ordered the one's I had from Novelty Lights. It just takes several days to get them so I was looking for alternatives. Cliff, I'll message you. Thanks everybody!
  8. I believe that Donner's original name was Donder. I believe that was in the original Twas the Night Before Christmas, which originally had a different title but I can't think of what it was...
  9. This is my first year with a fairly big display. (Bigger than any of my neighbore, any way! smile) I ran out of femaile plugs and stupidly ordered males instead. I'm way behind on getting eveerythin up and running so I am desperately trying to figure out what to do. My zip line is 18 gague SPT-2. I am trying to find those exact females but if I can't quickly find them can I use a substitute? Like SPT-1 18 gague or SPT-2 16 gague? Maybe a stupid question but I'm just wondering. (BTW, anyone looking for 50 male vampire plugs?!)
  10. There seems to be a problem with the link.
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