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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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Eggbah last won the day on December 20 2015

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About Eggbah

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  • Birthday December 12

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Too many to count
  • Location
    Woodstock, Georgia
  • Biography
    I have always been obsessed with Christmas and I am just now getting into really decorating hardcore. No more blah decorations for me.
  • Interests
    Woodworking, painting, anything artsy.
  • Occupation
    Mom - basically, I do everything
  • About my display
    In process of creating a Christmas village in my front yard. So far, I have Santa's house - kind of looks like a gingerbread house.

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  1. Good evening my fellow Christmas crazies. I need a little kick in the tail. I don't like talking about this, I don't even talk about this with my doctor. He's in the dark with what's going on. Last July, the 31st to be exact, I was struck by lightning. It was storming outside and I opened up the metal storm door to look at the rain because it was coming down really hard. When I was holding the metal part of the storm door, lightning struck just to my right and I could feel it going up my arm. My right arm was burning inside and it was numb from my hand to my elbow. My ring finger and pinky went numb and half my hand. Arm was tingly up to my elbow. It itched really bad, like a wound that's healing. My vision was horrible, it was like I had cataracts - like I was looking through a foggy window (back to normal now). I had a horrible metallic taste in my mouth that lasted for about a week. It happened around 5:30 pm and I can kind of remember stuff from later that night, but not much. About a week later I found out I ordered jewelry when it arrived. I don't even remember buying anything. I sent it back (thank goodness, it was ridiculously huge and FAR from believable). When I was in bed, my toes on both feet and my knees felt like they were being electrocuted. Had a few headaches above my right eye. Now I have a rash over my eye on that side over a year later.Monday, Aug 1 2016, it felt like someone was stabbing my left sinus cavity. Hurt like crap. Since the beginning of time (my time), I have not been able to breathe out of my left nostril. As of that Monday morning, I have been able to breathe with no problem whatsoever.I went to the ER that day because my doctor insisted that I go b/c I was having a lot of symptoms that he was not comfortable with. I had a CT scan, EKG, x-rays, blood work and every test came out fine.I've had horrible ringing in my ears since the strike. My ears have definitely been damaged, I can't hear as well now. I was not able to spell very well at all. I never misspell words. The words that I tried to type, didn't end up on the screen correctly, almost as if there was a wire from my brain to my fingers that wasn't connected. I could see that it was wrong, so I had to erase a lot and type slower if I could remember what I typed.I had a lot of zingers all over my body - that's the best way I can describe it. It was just my nerves regenerating. The worst thing iss the short term memory loss. Drives me mad. It's much better now, but I still have to ask someone to repeat something they said 30 seconds ago sometimes. 2 weeks ago today, I broke a rib or two. I refuse to go to the dr because it's $3000 here, $4000 there and last night, thanks to a really strong gust of wind, we lost a large tree. I am so very grateful that it didn't crash into my house. It was about 10 feet away from taking out my dining room - I am so very grateful it didn't hit the house. Not sure how I'll be able to decorate. I could enlist my husband, but this is not his "thing" he doesn't know how things need to be done... I need my ribs to heal... like yesterday. I am just spent - mentally and emotionally. If you have any words of wisdom, scripture, anecdotes, please share.
  2. My Home Depot was holding out on the goods.
  3. Both, but I haven't had any issues with anyone pulling the icing off. It's a pretty tough little house. It has rained just about every weekend plus a few very, very windy days and everything stayed in place. If anyone does accidentally pulls off the icing, that's ok - I still have 3 tubes of caulk. I was more worried about my husband messing it up during the breakdown today. One change that I must make before next Christmas is that I have to shoot a few nails into the presents. Hot glue didn't hold up well at all. Guess that's what I get for being lazy and not turning the compressor on for a few nails. (side note: 2 pinched nerves kept me away from the old fashioned hammer at the time of construction)
  4. Thank you all for the compliments! This is what I used: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Sioux-Chief-3-4-in-Pick-Up-Talon-with-Nail-25-Bag-HD556-3PK3/203255186#.UsjZffRDua8 I used 3/4" talon clips for the 1/2" pvc pipe - I didn't really measure my spacing, just put one at the first couple of inches, one or two in the middle, and one the last few inches for each section. My sections are not long at all thanks to the way my house was designed. I only used 31 clips, 32 if you count the one I left on top of my gutter - oops. I did swap sides that the nail is on. I wanted the thicker part of the clip along the house so I could pop off the pvc easier. I've thought about buying more clips and nailing them into the studs in my basement so I could store the lights a little better than shoving the pvc into a tall wardrobe moving box. OCD is one of my many middle names! Took it to a new level today when I made ornament storage trays to go inside of the rubbermaid boxes, but that's not the OCD part...I labeled each spot for every single ornament that I have.
  5. Buy or make some stakes and attach your plugs to the stakes with electrical tape. It is the easiest to work with in my opinion - stays put when wet and easier to remove than duct tape. Not the most attractive look but better than hunting around every store for the 3 outlet stake things that may be sold out. If you really want to waterproof it, you can build a little box to go over it. After losing all of my Christmas lights last year, some due to age, lost some due to my own stupidity, I have learned my lesson. Keep it high and dry!
  6. It would be so easy to figure out the jerk that sent the letter. Process of elimination. Involves a lot of baking and cookie tins with a manger scene...hand deliver to each neighbor and study their body language and tone of voice. Easy to spot 'em. They probably wouldn't waste their time, but I would. I like a good challenge and that would be an amusing one to take on. <----- see the reindeer? That's how I look when I get a crazy idea
  7. So for the last few days, I have been replacing 3-4 C7 bulbs (each day, not total) on one of my holly bushes outside. Really getting sick of it and I didn't want to throw the blown bulbs away, so I have kept them for future crafts (got to keep the 7 yr old entertained during Christmas break!). I'll go outside to check on bulbs or tinker with random things and I've been noticing that a lot of bulbs are out. Well, on my 10th one, I turned it to the right by accident. Dear God, it worked. I found 4 other bulbs out, turned them to the right - they work too. I could not figure out how they were becoming loose, my c7s on my house are fine. So I went to the mailbox, I heard some rustling in the bush as walked back to the house. BIRDS. Birds are trying to steal my bulbs, two of them! Who am I? Tippi Hedron? I didn't know birds could even do that. These are not big either - smaller than a robin. That explains why the minis on the other holly bushes are always moved around. Is this a common problem? I'm glad I kept the bulbs for when they really do burn out or a bird manages to steal one.
  8. http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/12/18/neighbors-letter-newton-massachusetts-christmas-lights-are-flagrant-display-religious Disclaimer: This is not my house. I'm in GA, not MA. I just read this story on facebook. I feel bad for this family. They received a letter from a cowardly neighbor stating, "not everybody in the neighborhood is Christian, and many people do not wish to see such a flagrant display of your beliefs ... religious matters aside, your decorations are beyond tasteless. They are cheap, tacky and kitschy and a terrible eyesore." Really? How rude!
  9. My motto is derived from Blake (Baldwin's character from Glengarry Glen Ross) instead of ABC, always be closing, I say ABP: always be planning!
  10. I started thinking about next year before I put my first light on my house! Never to early to start planning
  11. Keeping the glitter companies in business since 1980!

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