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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 NYYankeeDodge

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    • Birthday 11/17/1963

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Scrooge(1951, Alistair Sim)It's A Wonderful Life,Miricle On 34th Street(1947), Chistmas With The Kranks, Jingle All The Way
    • Location
      Palm Coast, Fl,
    • Biography
      Married(20yrs, 1 daughter 14yrs), born in Queens,NY(in Mary Immaculate Hospital), lived in Long Island all my life. After we got married, we moved to Palm Beach, Fl in 2/03, then had a home built in Palm Coast,Fl in 6/05 where we are now.
    • Interests
      Anything outdoors, computer repairs, basic carpentry, lawn stuff, just a very multifunctional person.
    • Occupation
      Retired from NYC Correction
    • About my display
      Well, i'm young but cherrish the old fasioned C-9 lights because they obviously are much more visable when you have a taller front of a home. My C-9's(multi's) outline the rooflines, mini's(multi's) adorne each of my double arched front porch, each column(three in total) is wrapped in candy cane style(two sets of red, two of white). Very vibrant light up wreath for the center top of front exterior wall. white mini wrapped bottle brush tree trunk with branches adorned with blue mini's(branches have huge ornaments). Queen palm wrapped as a huge candy cane. Three stack lit christmas boxes. Georgeous, colorful, and vibrant north pole pedestal mailbox(opens,closes,&flashes automatically).5.5ftx13ft santa's workshop, 8ft snowman blowup.Robellini's wrapped in multi mini's.Street line lined with cardboard candy canes. 13 ft juniper adorned with mini multi's on far side of property(85yr old neighbors beg me to do this every year). Lit up buck&doe. And this year(2010) a wood nativity.

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    1. Hello everyone: I have an santa's workshop(rare) inflatable that I purchased from ebay back in either 09/10. Last year all of a sudden it just wouln't blowup halfway. I did some looking and diagnosing but to no avail. Does anyone know of anywhere in the northeast part of florida(or somewhere in fla) that does these repairs? I want this fixed before the 2013 holiday. Many thanks to all. Don
    2. I have a santa's workshop inflatable that was only partially inflating during the holidays(at first was inflating fully). Today I decided to spend alot of my day trying to figure out what the deal is. First thought obviously any holes, rips, or tears, and found two and patched up with duct tape to test, no go. Then the blower/motor, but I ruled that out because I disconnected the blower/motor and I hooked up my commercial leaf blower to it. No go. I have gone over this with a fine tooth comb. I really really love this blowup, and don't want to get rid of it. I want it ready for the 2013 season
    3. Here are a few night pics. Sorry, but I can't get the hang of taking good night pics. Please excuse the last one(included it just for laughs), it just goes to show what can happen with poor setting on a camera
    4. A few cutouts that i'm very happy with.
    5. I found what I thought was going to be the perfect gold color. Not perfect at all. I my interior garage lighting, it looks dark. but as you can tell from being brought outside in the natural outdoor light, i'm kinda liking it. I still have yet to darken the ribbon edges and apply a nice glitter, but what does everyone think? Should I stick with this color or go with a brighter yellow?
    6. Hello Everyone: I have a small dilemma. I have made a two cutouts of double candy canes, but I am having real trouble trying to find a gold color to simulate a gold christmas ribbon. All I need is the solid gold color, and I will accent it with a glitter. The picture I took it from had a red bow to begin with, but I don't want that because it would clash with the red side of the cane, and the same goes for the green. I need a gold color that would resemble as close as possible. I always go to depot or lowes to get the pint samples. Neither of them seem to have swatches that satisfy me. Can
    7. I will be making two toy soldiers(plywood) to be guarding my premises(ha ha ) attached to my masonary column's of my house. Here is my dilemma: I want the soldiers to have their respective rifles(with rubber bullets, just kidding ), but the misses say's no guns. What does everyone think?
    8. Hello everyone: I just recently purchased a 3M 9100 overhead projector(used) from craigslist. I took everything(and I do mean everything-lenses, stage, guts,mirrors) apart to clean it. It works outstanding. I made a transparency of a candy cane and I want to size it to about 21", but when I project the image on the plywood to the size I want, no matter how I adjust the head, it wont be a sharp image. But if I pull the unit further away, I can make it as sharp as I please(but it will make the image larger which I don't want). If there was a way to extend the head further up, I assume the 21"
    9. Hello Everyone: Just thought I would share something(in case it was unkown here in PC, also because I have had the privilage of being helped by so many great people on this website). I just stumbled upon a great piece of software for resizing any kind of pattern regardless of where it's from. It is called "Rapid Resizer". I just tried it, and I resized a 250x226 candy cane to 3ft. It is really an excellent program. Here is the link: http://rapidresizer.com/ I would like to put this post where it will get the maximum exposure, but I don't want to offend anyone by double posting.
    10. Hello Everyone: Just thought I would share something(in case it was unkown here in PC, also because I have had the privilage of being helped by so many great people on this website). I just stumbled upon a great piece of software for resizing any kind of pattern regardless of where it's from. It is called "Rapid Resizer". I just tried it, and I resized a 250x226 candy cane to 3ft. It is really an excellent program. Here is the link: http://rapidresizer.com/ I would like to put this post where it will get the maximum exposure, but I don't want to offend anyone by double posting
    11. I am about to start painting the plywood nativity. I went to home depot to get all my paints yesterday(the sample 8oz behr). I will be airbrushing the larger areas. Being this is latex and using an airbrush, I have had quite a few opinions on reducing for the airbrush. Some say you only need water(50/50), and a painter who was next to me yesterday had said you can't use water, only the special thinner that comes in some orange bottle from depot(think it's called floquil, might be wrong). Some say you can't use just water because it will damage the color of the paint(make it fade more). Is all
    12. I am in the process of doing a wood cutout of the nativity. I am going to dedicate this project in you name so as you can recover from this ordeal your about to go through, plus I will be getting this set blessed by our father of our church. While I am getting it blessed, I will ask him to say a special blessing for your health and I will say a prayer for you to get you through this. All of you have been kind to me, so I want to return the favor in whatever way.
    13. I have traced my design and started to cut the patterns, but I seem to be very concerned about finger/smudge stains from the tracing paper. I tried very very hard to not lean on the tracing paper while tracing, but with such extremely bad carpal tunnel syndrome, it was impossible to do it that way. The tracing came out very well, but I have smear/smudge stains around in various spots. I'm assuming I cannot paint over that(or can I), so I guess I would have to try and remove it. I tried fantastic(slightly works), and body shop wax&grease remover(works great, but leaves slight staining). I h
    14. Another question for anyone: I just put on a coat of Kilz 2 Latex Int/Ext primer(blue&wht label) on my ply and used 3/4 of the can on one side because it was transparent(only brought a qt because the can said coverage on raw wood was about 250 sq ft). Called the manufacturer and they said it will happen because the initial coat will soak in. So he said to apply a second coat and no more. Ok, so I run to walmart, and they are out of the quarts, so I decided to get the other Kilz Premium(gold&wht label) in a gallon knowing I have the gingerbread people to do. I had asked the kilz people
    15. I have started my nativity cutouts. Yesterday I filled imperfections in my plywood with wood filler, then sanded the whole thing, and today i'm going to prime the board, then tomarrow transfer and cut. Eventually after I get everything all painted, I was thinking of using and automotive clearcoat(duplicolor rattlecan) on the pieces. Good or bad idea? If bad, what is everyone reccomending? Oh, and I will be taking a few kodak's throughout the process.
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