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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
    When I was little we would go to my maternal grandparents house on Christmas eve. My grandpa worked nights, so he would call from work claiming to be Santa. He would tell me to look out the front window & I would see Rudolph's nose in the sky. And I'd run to the window to see the light. I fell for that for years! Some years later I realized the red light was from a radio antenna. Both my grandparents have passed now. But I still smile when I think about how I never noticed that radio tower the other 364 days a year.
  • Location
    De Soto, IL
  • Biography
    I live in southern Illinois, six hours south of Chicago. I've been decorating for Christmas since I was little & helped my dad. My dad passed away, but now my mom helps me with my display which takes about 6 weekends to finish.
  • Interests
    When I'm not putting up or taking down holiday decorations I am envolved with basset hound rescue.
  • Occupation
    Office Manager
  • About my display
    I have incorporate all different types of decorations into my display. I have lights, blow molds, wire frames, wooden ornaments & inflatables.
  1. Hi, my name is Lisa & I am an holiday decorating addict. I was formally a member of the Airblown Club, once the club shut down I needed somewhere to go for sympathy when Mother Nature dumped 7" of snow on my display on Tuesday night & another 4" last night. I was put onto your club by a holiday friend. I think I am going to fit in great here, my display has lights, blow molds, wire frames, wooden yard ornaments & inflatables. I don't decorate just for Christmas. I have a 30' X 30' shed that is nothing but holiday decorations. I'm looking forward to making new friends & learning how to make more out of my display! Lisa southern Illinois
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