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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 PlasticParadise

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  • Birthday 05/02/1982

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Making Clark Griswold proud every year :)
  • Location
  • Biography
    Plastic holiday freak
  • Interests
    Vintage X-mas
  • Occupation
    Cabinet shop
  • About my display
    just ask me :)
  1. I did all my yard decor yesterday and I will be honest and admit that I felt very unmotivated about it plus my back bothered me the rest of the day. In a sense I think some people will enjoy seeing it. I know if I didn't put it up I'd feel bummed I didn't when we got significant snow.
  2. I don't find a lot either to be honest. Garage sales are my hunting grounds and that's starting to wind down for the season. I think September it'll be pretty much done. I don't buy repeats of what I own either unless it's in better condition than the one I own. Nice finds tho btw.
  3. OMG I need some bunnies!!! I'm jealous!
  4. All for a $1! No light,but that's no problem. A little faded and rubbed in some places,but I can fix that also. Love it!
  5. My husband would kill me for sure if I got that. *resists the urge*
  6. You are definately right about being wronged. I have the story to back it. I was just really shocked a church would want you to lie to your family and condone being a hypocrite. That's when I said forget organized religion, I'll handle it my way. I used to go to church on X-Mas,but I don't do that anymore either.
  7. Yes it's an argument that no one wins at all. I might have piercings, tattoos and choose to dye my hair ( I pay to professinally do, so it's not a cheap looking effort),but I am always being judged and it's always been from someone of extreme religion. Probably why I get defensive. I have a lot of reasons to justify my feelings about it,but I'm not getting into it. No one cares.
  8. Okay I see, it's a religion thing. You like waving it around to make sure others know... got it. I keep myself as neutral as possible out of respect for others who don't want to be receptive to it. I know a few people in my life who need to learn this.
  9. Okay awesome displays,but I have to ask what's with the "CHRISTmas". Can't we just say Christmas and keep it neutral?
  10. I like the lanterns, they remind of the old X-mas decor my hometown would put up. Very nice haul
  11. I fought with it for awhile and concluded that the tote is too small >.< I didn't think that it was that BIG until I got it out of it's orginal box that was falling apart. I'm thinking I bought a lot more inflaable than I thought hah
  12. I thought I had bought a big enough tote...I Guess not! Ugh should have known a 7ft tall snowglobe wasn't going to fit in that. ugh...
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