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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
    My favorite gift i've ever received was my pet dwarf hamster Daisy-May!!
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    Augusta, Maine USA
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    i'm 22 yrs old & have autism but i absolutely LOVE Xmas time & look forward to it each & every yr!! cant wait to start decorating my new apartment for Xmas 2013!!! YAY!!
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    anime, manga, drawing & sketching, reading & writing paranormal romance, reading 7 writing poetry, sculpting with sculpey clay, decorating for Halloween & Christmas!! ESPECIALLY XMAS!!!!
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    Haven't decided what i'm going to do just yet but i know i want to do something festive with my bay window in my living room, lol!!
  1. i usually start taking my Halloween decor down on Halloween night just before i'm ready to hit the hay...that way come the next morning of november 1st i'll have all morning to start cleaning & vacuuming & to rearrange furniture as needed indoors. growing up, the only outdoor setup i helped put together was at my grandparents house...we never did something for our place (barely decorated, if at all), mainly it was indoors. i used to decorate my bedroom every yr but since i moved out this past May, this'll be my 1st official Xmas on my own so i've asked one of my good friend's who's also my neighbor in the apartment building where i live, to come & help me this year. extra "man-power" is always a plus, lol! i dont usually decorate for thanksgiving due so little interest in some of the decorations available at my local craft stores. i'm really looking forward to Xmas 2013! i've been trying to figure out what my indoor displays will look like this year & i've got some good ideas flowing so far, pretty soon i'll have the whole layout of my apartment planned out for Christmas 2013!! YAY!!
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