Jump to content
Did you know?
  • 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.


    • Content Count

    • Joined

    • Last visited

    Community Reputation

    5 Neutral

    About Sidetrack73

    • Rank
      Distinguished Member

    Contact Methods

    • Website URL

    Profile Information

    • My favorite Christmas story
      narrow it to one??? The birth of Jesus..
    • Location
      in a crackerjack box, Texas, USA
    • Biography
      Addicted to christmas, lights, sound, animation, toys, and now finding new ways to feed such an expensive addiction
    • Interests
      christmas, making people smile
    • Occupation
      Certified Cisco, CompTIA and Microsoft Trainer

    Recent Profile Visitors

    1,171 profile views
    1. Check Darrid's stash for a Hamberger Secretary... make sure she works though.. lol
    2. Is this ebay seller on crack? or am I just far to un-intelligent to see 2700+ dollars in value for a single piece... ?
    3. is it me or does that troll look like he is from David Bowie's The Labyrinth?
    4. OK Darrid, I have been following this thread for what seems forever, only thread with as many postings other than the I'm sorry thread. (which I am sorry I have not updated in a while). I am VERY CURIOUS roughly how many Characters do you have in your collection and do you ever get to display all your finished work?
    5. Thinking outloud.... me thinks they need a biggger box.. yup... me thinks so
    6. Darrid, do you have a count of how many characters you actually have, both repaired and in progress? and how in the world do you store them without getting damaged..
    7. Sorry, the venison is gonna be a little bit tough...
    8. Darrid, you are awesome at this.. I am keeping a close eye on this thread.. its cool to watch..
    9. are you telling me you actually have to RESCUE these creations? someone HAS to be an idiot... just has to be (shaking my head in shame)
    10. unbelievable and wow, does not begin to hold a Christmas candle to that display.. but saying them just the same..
    11. Now I am beginning to think I may have seen some of the work like this. I thought the Hamberger animations were only in miniature form. Now I am wondering who does the MSU Fantasy of Lights animation.. In Wichita Falls, TX.. never have dared getting that close to see.. MSU Fantasy of Lights Website Fantasy of Lights Home video on YouTube
    • Create New...