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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 christianjgreen

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A Christmas Carol
  • Location
    Norwalk, CA
  • Biography
    Not much to say. Winder is my favorite time of the year. My hobbies include movies, reading and hiking.
  • Interests
    Movies, reading and hiking...And Chrtistmas!
  • Occupation
    Customer Service
  • About my display
    I'ts nice, but nothing to write home about!
  1. Hmm...does it have to be from a hobby shop? I'm just wondering if another type of retailer might have something like this. Even something like say, a Christian bookstore?
  2. Yes, I really don't understand why they do this. I got tired of waiting for the local Goodwill to release their ugly Christmas sweaters and ended up picking one up (here) for about $25. It irks me that the Goodwill does this. You would think they want to sell high demand items so they can donate more.
  3. So, Mariah Carey's All I want for Christmas is You is hands down my favorite Christmas song of all time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXQViqx6GMY Aside fro this, I bought a CD (called "A Winter Wonderland" I think) several years back. I have long-since lost the CD but have the MP3's backed up. It's a collection of hit Christmas songs as sung by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and a few others.
  4. Excel and Google Drive are also what I use. If your project starts requiring further breakdown and especially if there are more than one of you doing this work, you can always try KanBan or something like this. https://kanbanflow.com (free)
  5. Have you tried zip lining from one of the trees? That's how I roll!
  6. I actually use SoundForge, which may be overkill for something that simple. As for the S3, I have "MP3 Cutter and Ringtone Maker" which on my S4. I am pretty sure it works just fine on an S3.
  7. This is perfect. I was looking for something like this. Thanks for posting!
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