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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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    • Birthday 03/31/1944

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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. Check out my new 2016 it didn't post correctly at Videos the first try, it is there but many miss it. Video:
    6. a close up look at my tree 2016, display video to come later
    7. I like your lighted manger scene (saw it on 2015 Display Pics PLEASE). We've been shopping around for one to no avail.
      Is that custom or did you buy it someplace?
      Would you happen to have a closer picture of it too?


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        I purchased this  nativity online, which is called halographic a few yrs. ago and have not seen it online since anywhere, if you use your search engine you will find some although not exactly like mine.



    8. Please enjoy my new video we've added many new things plus a laser show on our cul de sac
    9. This is our display for 2014 hope you all enjoy it.
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