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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 jrigs

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  • Birthday 11/04/1972

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Remembering the year I moved into a new place just before Christmas. The electric was not on due to issues, so we spent the holiday in the dark with only my vintage aluminum tree and candles in the window.
  • Location
    St. Louis, MO
  • Biography
    I grew up in a small midwestern town and eventually made it to the city. I got excited about Holiday Decorating as far back as I can remember. When I was very young, I remember my dad putting a string or two of C9's on one of the aborvitae bushes in our yard. That was the extent of the exterior decor.
  • Interests
    home improvements, decorating, gardening, farming, travel.
  • Occupation
    Interior Decorator
  • About my display
    I love a more traditional look. I have always used c9 & c7 lights in my displays, especially on evergreens, as well as clear minis on the bare trees and shrubs. I also have to use a few blow molds, even though some folks find them tacky. I have a small yard, so I also decorate the back yard for the neighbors to see. I like to use a few twinkle bulbs in the mix for some added interest.
  1. Those are fantastic! I have my grandmother's old strands and used them on my mother's tree this year, complete with the double flashing effect! Loved it!
  2. I picked this up at a resale store. I've never seen one like it before and it's bigger than a lot of the flat-backs I've seen. Does anyone know who made it and approx how old it is?? Thanks!
  3. This is great! I LOVE the commercial decorations from the 60-70's. These are what I remember as a kid from a small town in Missouri. There is also a company in Independence, MO, Manneco, that still makes some of the old style pole-mounts and also sells used and refurbished decorations. http://www.manneco.com/
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