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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 RobbyD8593

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas Vacation! lol
  • Location
    Rhode Island
  • Biography
    Born and raised in Rhode Island. I work construction for a major Northeast utility company. And I think I have a "slight" christmas decorating addiction! hahaha
  • Interests
    hanging out with friends and family,traveling,playing golf,and of course christmas decorating!
  • Occupation
    I work for a major Northeast utility company
  • About my display
    I've been doing "static" displays since I was a kid. But 2013 will be my first year of incorperating annimation.

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  1. Great job Joe! I've been by your display before and I must say, driving down your street at night and coming upon the wrapped trees really has quite a "WOW" effect..... Love all the blowmolds too!
  2. Great score indeed! They definetly lost money on that sale. A good friend of mine that has worked in retail for several chain stores once told me, that at 75% off the store is " breaking even". Anything lower than that and they are loosing money.
  3. Thanks! And to believe I actually left some behind......what was I thinking!?! LOL. I look forward to the sales just as much as I look forward to setting up my display every year.
  4. Nope, it's definetly not just you! Hahaha. I'm sure that most of the members here have a few pics like this to show. just to see the looks on my neighbors faces when I start unloading my finds is priceless! You would think they might be used to it by now!
  5. The Lowes in my area went to 75% off on the 31st. So I was able to grab a "few" sets! LOL
  6. I was hopping to keep everything up and lit until the 31st. But with a snowstorm in the forecast for the end of the week, it's looking like tomorrow will be the day I start taking things down. But on a bright side, I've already started working on projects for next year!
  7. Bill's right, spt 1. Im not sure if they have spt 2 available, at least I didn't see them.
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