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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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    About jabber6

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      The Original Grinch
    • Location
      Forest Hill MD
    • Biography
      Retired CWO4, U.S. Coast Guard. Currently work for the Federal Government.
    • Interests
      Christmas Displays, Shooting Sports, Kayaking.
    • Occupation
      Logistics Management Specialist
    • About my display
      Some plywood cutouts, house lighting and blow-ups

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    1. Interested in how you make out as I just ordered these plans and was wondering the same thing?
    2. Thank you donna123! 😊
    3. My FIL passed this angel down to my wife this year, but did not have a box, remember who made it or where it was purchased, other than PA. My wife remembers it being displayed when she was a young girl and she is 56 now, so it is likely 50+ years old. It measures roughly 13” tall x 8” wide. I am a blowmold novice but would be interested in any additional information on manufacturer, history, value (priceless to her 😍), etc. Thank you in advance!
    4. With the help of my wife and daughter with detail painting we were able to get the nutcracker out on Christmas Eve, better late than never. 😏
    5. Thanks for sharing, looking forward to watching this progress!
    6. Here is the latest addition to our “Grinch” display. My wife and I really enjoy making these together.
    7. Thank you jrbryant. They were definitely a team project with my wife doing the detail painting.
    8. Here are this year’s additions to my small display. I need to be selective with a townhouse size yard. ?
    9. Looks great! Love the vintage items!
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