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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 kerstman

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      the birth of Christ the Saviour
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      i love cakes, christmas and crafts
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      -God<br />-making wedding cakes<br />-christmas
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    • About my display
      I just started last year, I took it over from my father who is very busy with work during decorating season. it had a lot of lights but here in the Netherlands blowmolds/inflatebles are hard to find.

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    1. I live in Rotterdam. The Netherlands and this is my frist time doing a display
    2. Where do you live? There is so much snow i see on the pics, how long has it bin snowing in your area?
    3. Beautifull! Is there snow allready in your area?
    4. wachten op sinterklaas zeker, hier in nederland hetzelfde verhaal alleen hou ik me er nie aan, ik doe het eerder al
    5. hello y'all, i just baught this'm inflatable from the internet, is it from gemmy? the box looks like a gemmy box but it don't say its from gemmy dont know how to post pic, so here's the link: http://www.graysonline.com/retail/XMAS11QQ3-ds/homewares-and-gifts/180cm-santa-snowman-reindeer-christmas-inflatable
    6. i wish i could buy them my friend, but i live in The Netherlands and here there are also more and more leds every year. I do wonder why you're going to switch to all LED. don't you prefer thelook of incandescent lights?
    7. i found a awsome display video at youtube and i think its just georgeous!! If i would know where they lived i would bake them a cake as a thanks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BI_N0nyw0Is
    8. This'm so oldschool! Love it!
    9. i love the look of the traditional incandescent c9 light bulbs and i was wondering since there are more led lights every year if the warm white LEDs are just as bright as the traditional ones. my fear is that in a few years incandescent lights aren't avaiable anymore. maybe someone has a pic of the traditional c9 next to the LED c9 warm white bulbs?
    10. i think its just awsome that you have the tomb of Jesus Christ in your display!
    11. Aren't incandescent christmas lights avaiable in stores anymore?
    12. hello, I live in them Netherlands and I just love to watch christmas decorations on american store websites, now I was wondering, I saw a santa's sleight on ebay with the reindeer and it said it is vintage. now i am on the site of the home depot and it has exactly the same sleight. how's that possible?
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