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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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ccrowder last won the day on September 2 2017

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About ccrowder

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    First Christmas with my daughter
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    Someone who likes Christmas
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    Hiking, electronics
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  • About my display
    Hoping to make it better

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  1. I used to put a fake tree outside and decorate it with my own lights. Keep in mind these are not made for outdoors. While mine is still green there was plenty of rust on the trunk and feet and several rust stains on the concrete below the tree.
  2. So since having two kids and the front room becoming their play room for the last two years I have not been able to really put out the village. Well decided this year to make a department store window style display with the third car garage. Finally was able to finish it (hard with only a few hours each weekend while girls nap). Now I just have to get the train tunnel finished and put the village out once it gets past Halloween. Basically the table can fold up when not in use and when it is down all I have to do is roll up the garage door each evening to display the village and then close it each night before bed.
  3. ccrowder

    GFP Closing

    They do it to try and get around the fees for selling the item. Ebay takes nothing from the 'shipping' costs.
  4. ccrowder

    What is this?!

    Cannot see the base of your tree.. how many pixels per setup you end up with? (and looking great!)
  5. ccrowder

    What is this?!

    Looking good. I cannot imagine the time it will take to setup and sequence it =p
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    login name is ccrowder


    your secret question

    "What does r mean in rgb?", answer red


    change your password after you log in.

    it shows you registered on 9/16



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