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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
    One year my daughter was 2 and I had my grandparents/her great grandparent's stay over night Christmas eve so they could see her Christmas morning. It created wonderful memories for both me and them. Another was decorating and putting out gift's for my friend's son while they were at church. He was on the border line of not believing anymore and this kind of had him wondering when they got home and he saw everything.
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    Beaver Cty, Pa
  • Biography
    Just your average person who lives in the same area that they grew up in. Favorite time of the year is Christmas, both husband and I love decorating outside for everyone to enjoy.
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    My enjoyment is our fish pond, old car's, owning and going to car cruises in the summer time and decorating for Christmas.
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    Retired
  • About my display
    We decorate both front and sides of house, many many light's, the more my husband can get up the better he likes it. We also use inflatables, but even though I have 300 I only use about 22 to 25 each year. I try to make little scene's with them that make sense. I do not like seeing a yard full of them just because you have them. Our yard is never the same from year to year, only some of the light's are in the same places. It takes a week to get everything in place, and a whole day for hubby to wire up and set on timer's. We have folk's and kid's in the area that look forward to seeing the light's every year, and they often stop and thank us or send a card thanking us. My trick is to set the inflatables where I want then deflate them and cover them with garbage bag's till we light up thanksgiving night, this way no one know's what to expect. We also use 3 music box's to control the light's and dance in each area.
  1. Awesome, that's my favorite show too. We alway's call ourselves the Griswald's here because we live on a corner and we light up big time. People always want to know when light up night is, it's thanksgiving night like year's in the past. Rushing around trying to get thing's up, rain, snow and very cold day's coming ahead and there is lot's to do. Love you plate. LOL
  2. I would love to see them bring back the Singing and Dancing 5 foot Mrs Santa back. Would love to have one to go with the Santa I have, but if you find one people want an arm and a leg for it and I just can't see that happening. They need to bring the big Grinch inflatable back too, because people are getting rich reselling those guy's and that's a shame.
  3. Just want to say good luck in finding the stable, Walmart is selling it for $159.98. Some of the stores around us have one on display and other's do not. The sad part is they only have 2 or 3 ordered, and have no idea when or if they will get them. My husband started calling all the stores around us within 27 to 60 miles, and we finally found a store 27 miles from us that said they had more then one. We flew out the door and headed straight to the store, when we got there they didn't have one on display and I thought "oh no" they don't have it. They had one sitting on the shelf, I can tell you I picked it up quickly and put it in my cart. The best part is, I don't even know what it look's like inflated. My daughter inlaw called me one night to tell me that she saw it and said it was awesome and said I would like it, but the walmart she saw it at only had the display one also. So keep an eye out at your walmart or call them because you could miss out on getting one. I have seen a couple on ebay and of course they jacked the price of them up, one person wanted $324.88 or best offer, he didn't sell it. I offered a seller the walmart price and was declined of course, so chances are they won't sell their's either. You use to be able to find good deals on ebay in regard's to the inflatables but since they have become so popular seller's are taking advantage of the buyers and I think that is wrong. But then if there are buyer's out there willing to pay the price not much anyone can do about it. Good luck to you, I hope you find the stable, just remember walmart is selling it for $159.98.
  4. I have the 10 foot lounging snowman too, just love it. We were in Garden Ridge a week ago and they have a 4 ft one just like the big one, same color's and everything. I of course got it too because I thought putting the two together would look kind of neat. Garden Ridge in the Pittsburgh area has a lot of Christmas stuff out but it look's like they are going to be putting more out because of all the empty spaces on the shelves where the inflatables are. Oh, the 4 ft one sells for $24.99, just a head's up because seller's on ebay like to put inflatables on to sell, with asking double the price, and sometimes more then double.
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