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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 Kelso

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      The Christmas Story
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      Always had a large Christmas display. First year of LOR
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      Light O Rama
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    1. I bought several from Christmas Light Show. 20% failed after one month of use, even with holes drilled as instructed. Not a day of warranty with these. Will look elsewhere for my strobe lights from now on.
    2. Kelso

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      Unfortunately, the cons have ruined it for the truly needy. This supposed hardship is clearly the work of a slick maneuvering con artist. Your donors that night were intending to donate to a charity and not to a suspected con, so I am glad it all worked out.
    3. Living in the NW, I have had GFCI issues every year. Best tip I have read on this forum is to keep the plugs off the ground. This is the first year I have made an effort to get my plugs off the ground and the first year I have not had GFCI tripping headaches.
    4. Sometimes static displays seem to be the way to go. Very nicely done
    5. I use small pieces of rope and tie a loop at both ends. Drape the rope over hoop and stake down with the rope tightly over the hoop. I do this on all four sides
    6. Their prices are very good, but their high shipping rates make them comparable with others
    7. Can't remember which one it was, but the seller of the sequence should be able to direct you to the correct version. If you end up buying the wrong one, let me know. Yes, the sequence will be e-mailed to you.
    8. I bought the version from the below site. Very well done and only $5. http://www.mrtoomanychristmasdecorationsguy.com/LightORamaSequencesforSingingHalloweenFaces.htm
    9. hmm. I am off to Seattle on Thursday for the Seahawk game...
    10. Charlie E must've seen your tip. A Port Orchard gentleman beat me to the punch on these blow molds. It's tough on a rookie when your competing with retired blow mold hoarders Oh well, I did find some others on Ebay though. Got my first 12 blow molds (all Empire Toy Soldiers). It's a start.
    11. Missed it. I was headed to the Seattle next week too...Need some blow molds for my first LOR show this year. I am in Kelso. If you see any more such ads in our area, feel free to PM me
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