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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
    Remember waking up to see a black Schwinn bike all covered with tons of shiny chrome, sitting in front of a well lit tree with just walls of tinsel draped all over it.
    I was very pre-teen, but can't remember exact age.
  • Location
    Blackfoot, Idaho...USA
  • Biography
    Lived and worked in nearly every western state.
    Bush pilot..pipeliner in Alaska in the '70s
  • Interests
    Hunt, fish, woodwork
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  • About my display
    Ours is entirely indoors.
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  1. Christmas candy! I'm adding the following to my Christmas candies I do during this coming Holiday season. 1 Bag of Pecan halves 1 Bag of Rolo candies Take one of the Pecan halves + one Pecan half broken in two, and lay them side by side. Place one Rolo candy on top of the two pieces, on a piece of parchment paper on plate. Put in Microwave for 30 seconds or less (You may need to experiment here). Watch for first signs Rolo is beginning to melt. Take out and place one small piece of pecan on top and press gently. Now you have a homemade 'Turtle' for a fraction the cost! Way good!
  2. In this case.......food! Some of you may remember a time when Egg Nog could only be found in the stores after Thanksgiving. Now you see it in September. Some of you can remember when you could only find Peppermint Candy Ice Cream at Christmas time. But....can any of you remember back to the old Dark Ages when Rocky Road ice cream only came in the stores at Christmas? Can you believe it? It's true! I don't generally like to see any Christmas traditions disappear, but I can't really fault these changes.
  3. The first skiff of snow fell in the yard yesterday, and was followed by a light dusting on top of that last night. Now I don't like to see it on the roads, but on the rooftops, in the yard, in the surrounding farmlands, and on the nearby mountains.....I'm ready! Our big Maple in the front yard was in full color just a week ago Just one short week, and one cold fall storm later, it has been stripped bare. Last week's Jack-O-lanterns are still looking fairly sharp, but fading fast as well. These things are all part of the traditional Autumn ritual, the things we look so forward to on the road to Christmas!
  4. It was strictly instrumental, and I'm begining to think it may have been 'Percy Faith's Sounds of Christmas' I don't know for sure yet, but Target stores have a disc for $4.99. At that price I can check it out easy. I have a rather vague memory of a Red Poinsettia on the cover of the album which the Percy Faith album has, but for some reason I seem to remember something about the London Philharmonic as well. But............There is also "Living Strings...Sounds of Christmas", also with the red poinsettia on the cover. I am listening to that right now Here http://the-spirit-of-christmas.blogspot.com/ Get back with you later!
  5. This is gonna be tough, because I can't remember it's name,. It's an all instrumental long playing (LP) album dating back to the early '60s at least, maybe even older? I can't remember if it was a black, gold, or red disc, but remember we had such discs in the folks collection of music then. Of course, I have nothing but the very best Chistmas memories associated with this music. When I think of childhood/teenage Christmas's, that music is still a part of each. I think I would recognize the album cover, but I have been thru some lists featuring albums from that era and have not seen anything familiar yet. If this discription jogs anyone's memory, please post either the name you think it might have been, or a link to where it might be found. Thanks!
  6. From what I've seen in your pics, I'm sure that which ever way you go forward, they'll be outstanding!
  7. Great job! Just a little advise tho, as a former crafter doing shows with our birdhouses, we saw some folks warned about duplication of Disney charactors for sale without permission. You can do it for your own use, but you cannot sell, even to friends. Yours look so good I'm sure you'll be asked to do so eventually!
  8. Food! Did I mention food? Well, I'll have more to say on that subject in the Christmas cooking/baking threads, but there are certain things that just go with autumn when it comes to cooking. For instance.......in my house we have wildfowl that begin to show up on the menue starting in October. Wild duck, and wild Geese. Canadian geese to be precise. I can make 'em taste like roast beef! No wild game after taste that have traditionally turned off so many to waterfowl, simply because they never learned how easy it is to do it right. Ever had pheasant and dumplings? We did just a few weeks ago. The last two birds saved from last season. Thank goodness for vacumm sealers! Just two days ago I went out on the opening day of duck season, and although our group only took one goose that morning, we were hunting on a winter wheat field, and bordering that field was a small river. We had parked our trucks next to the river in the dark before the hunt, but when the hunt was over it was daylight, and when we returned to the trucks, I took a peek in the water. There in the clear water were schools of trout. Fish ranging in size from ten to perhaps fifteen inches that I could see, and in the deeper pools there must be many more, and larger too. I have obtained permission to go on this farmers property for the hunt, and it goes without saying that I can fish as well. Now, how does a mess of cutthroat trout dipped in egg, rolled in corn meal, and dropped in a pan of hot olive oil sound? Maybe next to a pile of scrambled eggs, home fried potatoes, and maybe a hotcake with 'real' maple syrup? Sounds like just the thing to add to my Autumn menue this year!
  9. This is his bigger baby brother. 'In his element'
  10. We've always been big on decorating for the Holidays, but we also decorate for the seasonal changes as well, as do many. Of course, my favorite time is Autumn thru Christmas, so much so, that Autumn is really just the start of the countdown until Christmas, and that has become the way we can 'sorta' extend our celebration! We start our countdown the 1st of September. That is when the fall decorations come out, and the house transforms from the ho-hum Summer doldrums to the rich browns, orange, and golds of traditional fall colors. The wife isn't big on decorating with Turkeys fo Thanksgiving, but give her Pheasants, Geese, or other wildfowl, and she knows just what to do.
  11. Fsbirdhouse

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    Home depot sells 10' sections of galvanized conduit hard pipe all day long, and they also sell the threaded couplers as well. You can drill 'em or get clamps to hang pullies from to pull up your tree rings or anything else. Best way to go, by far......unless..... Here's a tip for you. Go to local well drillers, they often pull up old used 1" or 1 1/4" galvanized pipe that will serve very well for most projects needeing pipe supports, and it's almost always free!
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  14. Need a good thread about the changing seasons and how each ties into the countdown to Christmas. Saw nothing anywhere on the subject, so here goes. Like many here, I suspect it's hard to stay tuned into Christmas through the hot months of July and August, but let that first hint of cooler temps come on the scene, and that great light that is the Yule season begins to shine a bit brighter at the end of the tunnel. September is the unofficial/official start of my fall season, and that is the start of all good things to me. Living on the Snake river plain in E Idaho, we begin to see the first of our fall storms, and cooler temps arrive as if by stopwatch. Always seems to come that first week of September. All other good things begin to start then too. Fall hunting seasons begin in earnest, fishing on the Snake river begins to pick up with the cooler temps. A fast trip up the Snake in the jet boat under a canopy of gold to the deepest blackwater holes that might give up an arm length trout or two if one's timing is right, and always lesser trout of three or four pounds before the edges of the river ice. The baseball pennant races heat up leading to the play-offs. Regular season NFL, and the best of the years holidays lie just ahead. Our gardens are harvested and enjoyed, as well as the simple joy of finding a field full of potatoes to be gleaned. Sometimes a hundred pounds or more for ourselves and the kids families, and friends as well. The leaf change into golds, reds, and oranges, the carpets of same racing across the lawns, and down the lane as autumn storms push them ahead. Of course the woody aroma of neighborhood fireplaces seems to underline, and tie it all together. I enjoy the first of the seasons snowfalls, and sometimes those can be the 3rd or 4th week of September here! Sometimes they come as blizzards, leaving the ground covered inches deep. Living only a hundred yards from the Snake river, and always sleeping with an open window above our heads, we often begin to hear the passing of great flights of wild Swans by the late weeks of October, and those often mixed with the earliest migrations of Snow geese, and having the Whitefronted geese in train. I never tire of having my sleep troubled by those. These are only the earliest signs of changing seasons where I live. What are yours?
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