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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    miracale on 34 th street
  • Location
    brantford ontario canada
  • Biography
    have been into decorating for just a few years, have discove red blowmolds
  • Interests
    fishing , Halloween and Christmas decorationg
  • Occupation
    semi retired
  • About my display
    traditional meets tech

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  1. Just stopped in at Target, they are now 90 percent off prices for lights and other Christmas decor. Managed to grab a total light count of 2500 K for under a $ 100, the lights are Phillips LED (mostly mini.) This is the first time for Phillips LED but at that price I can not see any complaints at my end
  2. I had to put the brakes on I too am way behind, started too late I tripled the lights my in display this year and should have started running lights the beginning of November. Plus was planning moving to LOR this year and completely underestimated the extension cords required, computer was in the shop till yesterday LOL Even with not getting what I wanted done the smiles on peoples faces tells me that what I did is appreciated and will do just fine and not to forget that next year is another adventure andy
  3. I am wondering if any one knows anything about the bearded shepard. I have never seen him before and he is part of group of blow molds I am getting rid of, but now I am thinking maybe I should keep that one. andy
  4. Hi I am wanting to add a virtual Santa this year and I am not sure what to get for a projector I do not want to spend a lot Have been eying Holiday Projectors any advice is appreciated thankyou
  5. Hi Louie I would like to get the led lights $ 1 each we are cheap in Canada
  6. Love to buy them but shipping to Canada might be a little nasty
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