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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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Posts posted by kerstman

  1. Here in Belgium we will start on 6 december, lights will be turned on by a famous person here in our region. The police will block the street for any traffic so the visitors are safe :-)

    wachten op sinterklaas zeker, hier in nederland hetzelfde verhaal alleen hou ik me er nie aan, ik doe het eerder al

  2. 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?

  3. There is some feedback on this topic about it being modified for the movie and wheather or not it's a blowmold.  To me it looks just like my Empire version but with different paint.  Search national lampoon at the top of the page under the forums category, there's alot of traffic on this subject, too many for me to give you links. Cheers


    yes and in the movie the mold ain't lighted

  4. In the movie ''deck the halls'' I remember seeing a blowmold that I've never seen before. Its the big sign in the picture saying: Merry christmas. Its a kind of pole. i am sure this one is not available in Them Netherlands but has one of y'all this one?


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