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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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  1. I am trying to create a "prehistoric dinosaur" section of my Christmas display. I have a couple of Christmas dinosaurs, but I am finding that they are very hard to come by. For the past year I have been looking for a brontosaurus - specifically I would love to find the one in the picture I have attached. I think Home Depot had it for one season. K-mart and Sears carried a similar one about a year ago. I've tried all of the usual places - eBay, Home Depot, K-mart, Sears, Lowes - they seem to have disappeared off the face of the earth. Anyone have one they would like to sell or know how to find a hard-to-find item like this?
  2. For my Christmas display, I would like to create a small "pond" made of lights. This would be the type of thing I would set up penguins and reindeer around. I am wondering if any of you have done this before and could offer me some advice. Cheap and easy are what I am after! Here is my thought by browsing some on the internet: Cut a clear painter's drop cloth (plastic) into the shape of a pond and place it over a couple of strings of blue lights. Outline it with a blue rope light. I'm not looking for something very big - probably 6 feet across at most. Any idea what would look best? What I describe above or something else? Would it be better if I put a blue tarp on the grass and clear plastic over top with white lights between? Should the rope light border be blue or clear? And most importantly (because my wife will not let me decorate next year if this happens :-) will the clear plastic laying over the grass for a few weeks kill the grass? Thanks!
  3. Walter, thank you so much for the quick response. I will e-mail you shortly.
  4. I'm looking for a little advice. For my Christmas light display, I plan on adding some CS-64 curtain strobe lights to a tree. However, I don't want the strobe lights to continually flash the entire time my yard is lit. Ideally, I would like for them to turn on every 5 minutes or so for about 15 seconds, then turn off again. I'm hoping to find a simple solution (not something complicated I have to program with a computer). What I'm looking for is some type of timer that will turn on the electricity every 5 minutes for 15 seconds and then turn off again. Can anyone suggest a specific type of timer I could use? I see plenty of timers on the web, but most are meant for longer durations (turn on at sunset and off 3 or 4 hours later). I'm looking for one that can be set to turn on and off in a much shorter duration. Any advice you could offer would be GREATLY appreciated!
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