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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.
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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 hopes to deter anyone from stepping foot in our yard. Unfortunately the contest judging isn't until the 22nd or 23rd and that has crossed my mind but we have a friendly community. I honestly think some punk kids were trolling the neighborhood and happened to see the inflatables (they should have been off, darn timer). I don't think it was a planned attack. Will post a pic once we're back up and running! Merry Christmas and thanks again for the support!!
  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 houses are harmed. I'm glad it was able to be on display most of the month and has been a joy to lots of families. Merry Christmas everyone!
  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!
  11. That is an awesome collection of molds and a great display!!
  12. Nice display! I like the big snowflakes hanging from the house!
  13. Thanks! I will check that out, forgot about that site. I know what you mean! I saw the ad 5 hours after it was posted and thought there's no way it's still available. I inquired right away and didn't get a response until the next morning. I was the first to inquire and she had received several calls but held them for me. I was like a kid in a candy store, haha! It was at a chiropractors office being used for their indoor display. They were only asking $60 and I knew if I got it, it would be a steal. I agree, life-size animals would be really nice. I'm gonna try to build a stable and hopefully get them on display soon. Christopher
  14. Thanks again for the compliments! I never thought I'd get this set without paying $$$$ for it. Hopefully I can find the life-size shepherd that matches the set for a reasonable price. I have the shepherd with green robe but he goes with my other nativity scene at my grandparent's house.
  15. Thanks for the comments! Need to get my display going soon!
  16. Very nice display, love the carolers!
  17. Looks great, nice collection on molds!
  18. I've wanted a life-size nativity set since I was a kid. Found this set on craigslist yesterday and the lady held it for me until I could pick it up this am. Got it for a steal! It looks brand new and hasn't been displayed outdoors. Now I just need a shepherd and some animals. Christopher
  19. Nice display! I like the walkway of soldiers.
  20. I like the displays both years! I understand going for a clean look. Prior to where I live now, I was the only house that decorated so I went all out. 30+ inflatables, lights and molds everywhere. Now I'm in the city and have a tiny yard. The neighbors mostly decorate with lights only. Only a few of us have inflatables and I'm only the one with molds. It was nice winning the contest the first year decorating in the neighborhood, even brought the competitiveness out in some of the neighbors.
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