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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'm not sure I have words to express my admiration of you and your display!! The details are amazing in the Hoppy Hollow display, not sure what I love the best but I sure think you have captured the dreams and imagination of every child's Easter!! Wonderful!!! And the amount of work to take it all down and put up the Easter Sunday display is truly inspirational...the angels and the cross are a perfect homage to our Lord!!! Is the house next door to you for sale cuz I would LOVE to be your neighbor and learn from you and have some of your creativity maybe maybe rub off on me LOL
  2. I agree with Deeny Dine...gosh when my boys were babies and little guys I got more lights up and all of my stuff out. My hubby never helped back then although he was happy inside entertaining a baby. Now I will grant you, although I never counted, I doubt that I had 10,000-20,000 lights up...the neighbors and community all thought I was nuts anyway!! I was decorating before decorating was cool LOL I imagine, all things being equal, you will get your lights up and have THE MOST WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS OF YOUR LIFE...babies are such a blessing!Congratulations and Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy that baby!!!!
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    Easter?

    It has been so windy or cold and rainy I don't have St. Pat's or Easter up!!! I do both blowmolds and inflatables for Easter so am hoping to get them up BUT Easter is my mother-in-law's 89th bday so will be 6 hours south for the weekend. Not sure with the way the weather is I can leave a display alone...seems like I never get my displays done anymore!! I'm dreaming of retirement in a more temperate climate
  4. I am shocked at all those different bases/bulbs!! No wonder I struggle so often Good idea to tape them, I try to just leave them attached as they come but that doesn't always work!!
  5. That will be sooooo cool, the frog and toadstool for Halloween...do you have a witch and handsome prince too??? Or can you play the handsome prince??? Thanks Elaine for the laugh--today is one of those days when I really needed that!!!!
  6. WOW!! So glad you got these...it would have been such a shame had they been destroyed!! You are lucky your friend spotted them...some things are just meant to be
  7. That is such a great display!!! I can't believe how creative you are!! Such darling ideas...perfect for Valentine's Day!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
  8. Makes me laugh cuz that could soooo happen to me LOL I am glad no one was hurt and hope there wasn't damage to the pumpkin mountain...thanks for the smile on a gloomy old day!!!
  9. Love It - Love It - Love It Awesome job on repainting and great use of the white and blues for that "cool" look. You really brighten a gloomy time of year!!!
  10. WOW that is a GREAT display!! Love it all...the way they are grouped, the multiples, the windows...just super all around!!!!
  11. Enjoyed our trip to Florida and sure did enjoy the displays we saw!! The grandsons were in awe although they only lasted for 3 before Mr Goodnight hit A special thanks to Paul D for his help in finding displays to see....you guys do a great job! Can't wait till next year, the boys will be one year older and hopefully will stay awake longer LOL Thanks so much!!
  12. I had that happen with one of my Halloween inflatables. Instead of snow it was bats but sort of the same problem. I moved it into the sun (back yard) and left it running day and night for about 3 days and they dried out. That was the first year I had it - probably 5 years ago and it has been fine. I fear mold soooo much as Missouri can be a little "moldy" anyway LOL
  13. Amazing, ingenious design!! My grandsons would love the balls--I love it!!!
  14. Congratulations!! You got one heck of a deal...he really is cute and would be a great addition to any display!!
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