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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 Aputernut

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Is a story I wrote for kids of all ages, with many pics. to go with the story. The title is "The Year Santa Almost Canceled Christmas"
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    We live in FL. 37 yrs. orig. from PA. we love decorating for Christmas, the outside is for others to enjoy, the inside is for us.
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    decorating, gardening/landscaping, crafts/painting and writing, I am published online also live theater.
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  • About my display
    It is huge, won 1st. place for Xmas lighting in 2012, and added so much more for this yr. No blow ups all very classy and done to perfection, because we are that way about everything! LOL

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  1. My inside is up, outside to come soon, Enjoy!
  2. Absolutely inside was done by Halloween, and we're well underway outside all lights are on the house , but so much more needs setting up, hoping for cooler weather since so much is up under the roof over the gar. and it's about 120+ degrees up there no doubt?
  3. We still decorate/light up inside and out and have started on the inside, hope to be done by Halloween that gives us the entire month of Nov. to get all outside up and ready to light Dec. 1st. we have been changing our lights over to LED's and last year sold most of our reg. mini lights or gave away icicle lights replaced with LED's. Here's a couple pics. of my PC desk top as of yesterday..
  4. Very nice, I had or have most of those Xmas ceramics and quite a few more, mine were mostly Hallmark, are yours? the tiny Santa ones some of mine had clips on them to clip on the Xmas tree branch. I still have a box full but have not put them out for years, no red & green in my Xmas color scheme for years either. I do have the memories of my mother and I hitting all the Hallmark stores the day after Christmas and scooping up all the ceramics we could get. LOL
  5. Well we're doing just great with the kids, they are loving it especially the train and the laser light sending down colored spots all over the cul de sac and street, plus loads of other things to delight the kids, but I still like to keep Christ in Christ-mas after all he is the reason for the season, so we have our new giant Nativity and a smaller one next to our church on the front lawn. I just don't appreciate clutter or chaos and things that do not belong together in a mess so to speak! and driving around we've seen quite a few messes. I was not talking about anyone in particular here, but in videos, I've seen some unbelievable disasters. IMO
  6. Thanks slankard but Dh does 90% of it and he will be 80 on Dec. 23rd., plus his Santa workshop fixes for all our neighbors and he's restrung all our deer etc., he can fix anything, light related. We also helped put up a neighbors icicle lights this year, she's afraid of heights and over her entry is high Dh has to get up on the roof. I am the planner and designer, I made our huge wreath and changed over much of our lawn décor from incandescent to LED's like our snowman family etc. Dh does all the wiring and staking down etc. He fixed up a couple deer for our neighbor and I touched up all the rust spots with Rustoleum white. They went back home like new. We just don't like cluttered display's or what I call junky stuff. We have seen some you can't see the display for all the clutter! Some look like all was tossed out on the front lawn, no rhyme or reason and lit up...all done! uh no way not happening like that here.
  7. Yeah, they are just lovely especially during the daytime, I should take a pic. of one in my neighborhood the entire lawn cluttered with dead blow ups! Our display is elegant and every item placed precisely. And it's so easy to clutter everything in the front of a house try doing all 4 sides some time. And try doing it all in 85/90 degrees, when you are in your 70's or 80 years old! Well we get 2,000+ vehicles plus walkers and bike riders and loads of praise so we'll just keep at it as long as we are able, and no junk on our lawn. And ours is in our local paper every year, we won 1st. prize so it seems we are doing it right. Not trying to insult anyone just stating a fact is all.
  8. We don't have all the craziness of flashing and loud music often not even Xmas music, and no cheesy blow up's at my house, but we do have a beautiful huge display around all 4 sides of our home which can be see from other streets and we do have a string of vintage silver bells that play 8 different carols strung along the rope at the street and we have had couples dancing in the street, folks taking pics./video's and last evening we had a man on his bike, don't know if he was on his phone or what but we heard him say, Hello deer, Ho,ho,ho. And last year we saw a woman get out of her car and drop something in our mailbox, it was a dollar on which she wrote Thank You for giving us the spirit of Christmas, it's beautiful! Here's our display, see for yourself! P.S. We do have a laser light on our Cul de Sac which is done for the kiddies mostly. And all of this is done by us old folks... 73 & 80 years old
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