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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.

Paul / Shadow

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  1. Very Nice, glad You have the snow.
  2. Got these folks looking for a place to stay, said there was no room at the Inn. Part of our Homeless Family. Come by and say hi if in the Broken Arrow/Tulsa area, and bring warm things to wear for John 3 in our driveway, and a toy for Toys for Tots across the street at Kevin's.
  3. We are getting going, have all day tomorrow, started out back tonight.
  4. Thanks Scott do You take credit cards for the bill. Today was 23 deg. but so beautiful out, no wind, got a ton done, will get the Cross up tomorrow, think I will finish the front Wed., the off to the back yard with the 15' Santa and my new 18' Reindeer and 12' snowman, I think after the diagnosis by Scott I am back in the game, Thanks Scott. Also talked to My Friends at John 3:16 and got the go ahead and will get a drop off cart to get Blankets Socks Gloves, stuff for COLD weather for our Family on the street. Now that gets me going.
  5. This year has been a crazy year, just cant get going on our Christmas display, have tons of ideas but no drive, part of it is about 6 months ago I became Missionary Pastor to the Homeless in Tulsa and My heart is so down there as well as my time. Well today I got going again. I am going to have My life size nativity, and a 14' cross next to it with a video screen and the Christmas story going, I am also planning on having a drop basket for John 3:16 Mission for blankets and cold weather gear for our Homeless Family here in Tulsa, also I am going to have the inflatables facing the cross instead of the street. I have had several families ask if we were doing anything this year, they all like that we have the real meaning of Christmas, the Birth, but I wanted to finish the story at the cross so here we go, going to be transmitting Christmas this year also so they can hear the story playing on the screen. Guess I better get going. The picture was last year.
  6. Wish I had the Drive, just not feeling it this year, I have started but no excitement, had a couple drive by and ask if we were doing our display, they always came by and wanted to know, so guess I better get after it.
  7. I remember when I worked for Lowes, one year we ordered in like 100 cases of Icicle lights for the 4th of July weekend, stacked them along in front of the checkout and sold everyone of them on 4th of July weekend, folks thought it was great and so did we, great sales.
  8. They have Christmas out here in Tulsa Ok.
  9. Bottom of feet have tie downs and then up on the shoulders have straps to tie him down also. Thinking the red nose for sure.
  10. Took Him outside to catch some air. He's HUGE, but I like him, The Wife is standing in front of him.
  11. I will try to do a video this year, it will be fun having them in the back yard. And I will say Christ is the reason for Christmas, that's what it's all about. I love to share the Nativity and going to have my screen back this year with a video going next to the Nativity, still working on the video for it.
  12. Every Year I try to add another one and love the big, they bring the folks in for our Toys For Tots drive in our addition, we are getting known, every year the news folks come out and get us a little air time, in Broken Arrow the Bible Collage, Rhema Bible has a huge light show with millions of lights, well we have become little Rhema in the media. I am lucky we back up to a street with a lot of traffic, so I do the back yard with the big inflatables to draw the folks in, below are from the back and a few in front. I try to change it up every year. this was the News on Six report. http://www.newson6.com/Global/story.asp?S=13687886
  13. Ok he just arrived, ever wonder what an 18 1/2' reindeer would look like in the living room.
  14. Well I just jumped into one of these for my back yard next year, it's big and says the head isn't moving will see how it looks. it's 18 1/2 feet tall.
  15. I love Zmoda, have a 16 channel here at the house. Nothing stolen this year, cameras and big signs.
  16. Of all the things I have done the nativity is still my favorite. The star glowing over the manger, the sheep, almost life size, still the favorite. Love to hear parents stop and tell the children about Christmas, and oh yes the one little Girl who was so excited, "I see baby Jesus, I see baby Jesus" all worth it.
  17. 75 deg. it's cold, 33deg. windy and just finished up, big tree GONE, rope light GONE, Icicles GONE,wreaths GONE, back yard DONE noe to relax for a while in the Hot Tub
  18. I did also run a cable thru all the animals with an alarm, shoot no one tried tthe alarm out.
  19. This year we had NO issues, had a sign on the tree in front stating Video in use.
  20. The star is a Blow Mold star with a 13w CFL stuck in it, It's was the perfect accent for it and the CLF made it GLOW in the night, Took a hole saw and made the hole just big enough to get the lamp thru, went to Lowes and got a socket with the spring clips and snapped it in the back of the star. Mounted it on electrical conduit, painted the conduit black, and that was it. Got it on EBAY.
  21. Well another amazing Christmas with over 4000 toys again, this year we got to hang out and meet and talk to some of the families, it's such a blessing to help folks who wouldnt have Christmas, yesterday Mark and I went down town and handed out sleeping bags that had been donated to our friends on the street.
  22. pretty close to life size. Joseph is 5' tall.
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