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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.

Elf Ashley

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I like smiling. Smiling's my favorite.
  • Location
    Prattville, AL
  • Biography
    I've always loved Christmas and everything that comes with it, but once I got married and could decide what I want on our house (My mom wasn't into decorations...) I went a little crazy. We're not up there with the Griswolds, yet, but we want to be one day! :-)
  • Interests
    Just about anything crafty! Too many hobbies and loves, not enough time.
  • Occupation
    Office worker bee
  • About my display
    We have all LED lights, and it's a pretty big dsiplay for our area, though nothing like some people's! We have a candy/gingerbread theme. My husband is mostly in charge of the lights and I'm in charge of the artsy stuff and other decorations.

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  1. Hahaha, we could definitely do the scarecrow, Karen! We're in Alabama, so we're rarely freezing. That would be hilarious! Although it might also get the poor UPS guy... The cable idea would work if I had my suckers lining a walk, but I have them in small groups. Guess it would still work, just might not be as effective since they'd probably just take the whole small group. lol My husband is looking into a camera system for us. We've been wanting one, anyway, because we have a creepy neighbor who likes to walk around behind our house, terrorize the neighbor's dogs and lean over the fence to stare into our yard. That WE know of, hence the cameras being needed. lol Lots of good ideas on these forums, though, So glad I found y'all
  2. Good idea! Do you have any ideas how to protect something as simple as a sucker staked into the ground with rebar? They nabbed the one I had closest to the road, rebar and all this evening. Not sure how to prevent that, other than to move my stuff further back. We're in a decent neighborhood, and I'm sure it was some brat with too much time on his hands today, but I'd like to prevent it in the future. Right now I'm down in the dumps and thinking about NOT putting stuff up next year except maybe the lights. But if we do, I think we'll try to save through the year and get a security camera if we can. Going to read through this forum, too, for ideas. Shame we have to protect Christmas decorations, isn't it??
  3. I love it! You did a GREAT job on it!! Love those guys!
  4. Very good idea! I'm checking the yard sale group on Facebook frequently and sometimes I have seen them on the side of the road--all faded and dirty. I'll scrub that sucker. LOL I've used that plastic spray paint on a couple of things--it does work really well! I'm not handy with wood, so I need to find an alternative--the plastic will be perfect for me! As long as I can figure out how to store it!
  5. Elf Ashley

    Candy Canes

    Love these! I'm going to try to make some for next year! Thank you!
  6. That is super cool! I've been thinking of a way to make a 3D gingerbread house for next year. I'm thinking I may find an old plastic playhouse for toddlers and paint/mod it to be a gingerbread house. Our theme is candyland/gingerbread, so I'm always on the lookout for awesome things like this!
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