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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.

MichelleA

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About MichelleA

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    I am married to the kindest man I have ever met, and we have one perfect child together.
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    Christmas
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    DIY & Home Improvement
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    Teacher
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    I'm not sure what this means?

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  1. Maybe you could line the interior with some kind of red shrink wrap? That way the light is getting dampened but you maintain the color.
  2. Anyone else trying to do it? I'd love to lose a few pounds before Thanksgiving, but I'm realistically thinking Christmas is a better goal My sister lost a ton of weight doing Beachbody's INSANITY program, but she was already more active than I am when she started so I think I might give their youV2 beginner's program a try: https://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_programs/you-v2-beginner-workout.do Anyone tried it out? Other tips or tricks that have worked for you in the past?
  3. Now that it's finally fall and the Christmas season has already begun, I'm looking for some inspiration. I want you guys to tell me all your favorite Christmas-themed sites forums, blogs, how tos, whatever as long as its CHRISTMAS Please avoid recommending sites like Pinterest unless you have a specific example to share, we all know how handy Pinterest is for finding new ideas! Thanks & Merry Countdown to Christmas!
  4. That's so sweet I'm glad they took the time. I send a special Christmas card I make on Shutterfly (it has a picture of their current lightshow) every year to an elderly couple who has the most impressive light show around here. They've done it every Christmas since I was a little girl and its always breathtaking. I'm not sure if they would even know me if they saw me, but they always send me a card back it's beautiful how the Holiday can bring people together.
  5. Great finds, good deals! Its really great that you found an extra piece of your Grandfather's collection
  6. I think this sounds like a plan. I would wait and see how you feel once you actually have the little one underfoot, and then maybe make a plan for a smaller display? Unless you and your DH feel up to the task!
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