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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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    • My favorite Christmas story
      A Christmas Carol
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      Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA
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      Computerized lights since 2006!
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      family, computers, ebay, kites, gaming, gadgets, and lights!
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    1. Hi bigstott, Wonderful! I assume you have the clear lights version, do you still have the metal stakes for all 3 trees? Thank you! -Roy
    2. Bump for early 2014! Still looking for some more... Thanks! -Roy
    3. Bump for late 2013. Still looking for these mini trees in clear or multi... Paying top dollar plus shipping. Thanks! -Roy
    4. Hi Torqumada, Let me know if you're willing to sell them... Thanks! -Roy
    5. Thanks Frank! I hope you still have these trees... just let me know. -Roy
    6. Bump for 2013. Still looking for more of these mini trees... clear or multi. Paying top dollar. Let me know! Thanks! -Roy
    7. Hi Frank, That's great! Where exactly is this sticker? On the tree or the box? I could not match this #, do you have any other identifiers? Clear lights? Thanks again! -Roy
    8. Bump... Paul, I did contact the manufacturer and they no longer make these... I'm hoping someone has some to sell. I still need at least 14 to 32 more! Thanks! -Roy
    9. Hello, Everyone! It's been awhile since I skipped 2010 due to a move. As with many of you, now it's crunch time for 2011. However, I need some help... I'd like to purchase the exact boxed Target trees (new or used) shown below. Has anyone seen these? If anyone can help find more or has some to sell, please let me know. I'd like to hear from you, and I'm willing to pay top dollar. Thanks! -Roy
    10. Thanks Everyone! Some great ideas I will incorporate into the new house. Looks like conduit basically everywhere is a favorite... Keep the ideas flowing! -Roy
    11. LOL Ed! Very true. Tim, I wonder what made you think of this lift idea :giggle: ? -Roy
    12. OMG!!! This is exactly what I need and I opted for the extra garage bay (just for Christmas stuff)! If I didn't just recently purchase a house, I would get this... Thanks Tim, I'll look into this later -Roy
    13. Hi, avman: The eve plug, extension cord idea is something to think about... Thanks, Roy
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