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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 chris2fer03

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    • Birthday 02/17/1988

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Decorating the house with my grandparent's and inviting the family over for "lights on" night.
    • Location
      Louisville, KY
    • Biography
      I grew up with my grandparents and we always decorated with blow molds and c9 lights. Eventually I took over the tradition around 7/8 years old and I've been decorating ever since. I currently live in Louisville and city living makes it hard to squeeze a ton of decorations in a tiny yard. During the off season I go to school full-time while working at a pharmacy, in addition to spending time with my better half and our dogs.
    • Interests
      Computer gaming, landscaping, DIY projects, Halloween and Christmas decorating, traveling.
    • Occupation
      I work at a pharmacy.
    • About my display
      In the past at my grandparent's farm we go big, with that said, we have about 30-40 inflatables for Halloween and about the same for Christmas. I also like using blow molds, lights and light sculptures. Now that I have a small yard in a subdivision, I pick a theme and try to incorporate 3-4 inflatables and blow molds, playing off the landscaping.

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    1. The HOA board just knocked on our door, we won the decorating contest! Exciting and grateful! This makes two years in a row! Merry Christmas, hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday!! Christopher Thank you, can't thank her enough for saving Santa. Haha! Thank you!
    2. Thank you meghann & Billings! I'm so happy to share this news, our friend was able to repair all three inflatables. The reindeer was sad, he was slashed and ripped from the top of his head down to his neck. Honestly wasn't sure he would be salvageable and still look good. He's as good as new, if not better! Christmas is saved! Hope everyone has a great, safe holiday!!
    3. While it was and still is upsetting, we're not giving in to disrespectful, mindless people. We have a good friend who is a great seamstress and is gonna try her best to repair them. Two of them aren't slashed terribly but the reindeer has about a 2ft gash in his head. I can't help but call him franken-deer for now. Haha! The neighbors have shown support, we filed a police report and the HOA has been made aware. Time to get the yard back to normal and enjoy the last couple weeks of my favorite time of the year. Thanks for the comments and suggestions. We've purchased some surveillance stuff in
    4. It saddens me to say this, but our display was vandalized last night. Our inflatables were slashed and one might not be repairable. It only takes a few punk kids to dampen the spirits of others. I don't wanna give in, but I will not be putting out any inflatables to replace the damaged. I'm slightly considering putting away the molds as well. This is my third year in the subdivision and haven't had an issue. Last night, my timer failed me and the lights didn't shut off, most likely they were out trolling for trouble. Hopefully the HOA can help make the neighborhood safer and hopefully no other
    5. Thanks for all the kind compliments! I was tweaking a few things and a car stopped as it was passing; they rolled down the window and snapped a quick photo, you could hear the excitement coming from the kids. That's what makes it all worth it! Hope everyone is having a great season so far!
    6. Finally got around to taking some pics of my display. I wanted to put more molds and inflatables out but I was late getting started. I'm happy with how it turned out! The nativity, gingerbread set, snowman in first pic, lamp post and lolly pop are new additions to my collection. Really hope we win the neighborhood contest! Merry Christmas! Christopher
    7. Great display!! Those lamp posts are awesome!
    8. Awesome display! Molds in the tree, very cool!!
    9. Nice job on the display, looks great!
    10. Nice display, love the gingerbread section!
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