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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.

Rotten Pumpkin

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  • My favorite Christmas story
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    Roy Utah
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    US Air Force retired and now work F-16s as a civilian for the Air Force.
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    Halloween and Christmas in that order
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    US Air Force
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    Not much but want to do something different this year.

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  1. Hi everyone hope your holiday decorating is going well. I guess I’m one of those who drops in around this time of year to ask questions and hang-out until Christmas is over then disappear for the rest of the year. o’well it is what it is so...As I dig out the Christmas decorations this year I’ve came across these from last year that’s been storied in a nitch in the basement. Just wondering if anyone can add anything to what these may be and who may have made them?
  2. Looked the lights over good and there are no makers markings so this is as far as I can go on my research of who made these and when. I'm guessing they were made sometime in the 50s or 60s but that's just a guess on my part basing my guess on the way they are made.
  3. It's made of thin plastic stapled to a thick cardboard backing. Big J, after a little research I've found the box has nothing to do with the lights, The box in itself is interesting because it's a box in which a wood wagon was shipped from Sears and Roebuck, I'm guessing in the 1950s.
  4. I pick-up this set of antique looking light yesterday at a local thrift store. I've did a little research on the box and have found the lights do not belong with the box itself. The box is from an antique wagon make by Garton and I'll research it more later. The lights are made of a thin plastic with two lights (25watt aquarium) in each and the two side one blink. I have not been able to find any makers marking on the lights so have no idea to were to start researching them so...I ask the experts here.
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