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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.

    john venturi

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      My brother decided to make fun of my small Christmas displays I used to put up and now i bought a house on a main ave. and starting going big and now we have a battle on our hands its pretty funny and the news and newspapers love the story...
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      carbondale pa
    • Biography
      Im a disabled man who desperately needed a hobby and i found it in my Christmas display....Family oriented and recently a young grandpa
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      my display truthfully
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    • About my display
      Im very much into blow molds and just trying to put as many new and exciting things i can find to do into my display i just want to make the kids smile but now im really wanting to start creating my own wooden character displays but Im new to it and i cant find any licensed character patterns anywhere...

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    1. RIP John...

      1. qberg


        That is a sad one...he was a big influence on a lot of us when I got into this hobby many years ago...praying for his family.

      2. BamaSanta


        Just read this and really hated to hear it. He will truly be missed in this community of Planet Christmas. He was a man who truly loved Christmas. Godspeed John.

      3. TED


        I was just thinking the other day that I couldn't remember seeing any recent posts from him.  I wondered how he was doing because he had posted a while back about having some kind of lung problem.  I sure hate to hear that he passed on.  His posts were always cheerful despite his many health issues.  I'll miss reading them and seeing the pictures of his displays.


    2. Its a great video do you bring the snowman in every night....and do you run him if the weather is bad???? its really cool love it... Its a great video do you bring the snowman in every night....and do you run him if the weather is bad???? its really cool love it...
    3. I think Id have to put up the ez-up tents all around my house if I had this stuff to display... I couldn't let the weather get to it Id be worried to much even though you say you use plastic etc Id be to worried they are awesome and very expensive great job....
    4. This is awesome I love it...
    5. I love this display and I want you to take this the way Im meaning it your gaudy monstrosity is AMAZING.. I love a static show with all of the characters just look at my pics and video of my show and I have been wanting to add somewhat of a small light show to it ..You combined the 2 elements static and LOR the best out of all the videos I watched.. This is exactly how I want my gaudy monstrosity to be. You used the perfect amount of Lor it doesn't take away from all the great characters you have it just simply made your display that much better I love it...
    6. Godddddd I wish I lived there I would be on this so fast ......UGGGGGGG all of that for $75
    7. Very cool stuff I love the Hamberger stuff I just don't like the prices ouch...
    8. Im regretting not making the Santa jack after seeing yours but i was thinking doing regular jack you can get Halloween use out of it too but i still wish i did it like yours i love it..
    9. Just looking at those pics there is no way i could pull that off that looks like Chinese to me i just dont have the knowledge to pull something like that off Id be a liar if I thought i could I wish i did have the skills to pull something like that off with me being disabled I dont have much money times are really tough and building it myself would be the cost effective way to do it i just know I would mess it up but thanks for the info maybe i could find someone who knows about it locally and that could walk me through it but Im sure i wont find anybody but thanks anyway
    10. To be dead honest when it comes to circuitry I dont have a clue im sure i would mess it up and is a Renard like a lor system does it use the same software or does it have its own software
    11. I was thinking about doing a small part of my display to lights and sound but cant afford a lor system. Do any of the store bought systems like a Mr Christmas lights and sound or a gemmy allow you to fm transmit and do any of them allow for you to use an ipod? Now I have seen the videos on YouTube how people have hacked them but I didn't want to go through all that do any of them come from the factory like that or is the only way to use on of them with a transmitter and a ipod is to hack them. I wish I could afford to buy the basic lor system but Im disabled and my wife is the only one working
    12. Do you have any individual pics of the characters i love the art work you chose i wouldn't mind stealing some of it if you were ok with it so if you have some individuals I would appreciate it thanks a lot and they look great..
    13. Do you have a better pic of the girl child out of lock shock and barrell?
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