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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 DogDawg

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  • Birthday 09/23/1971

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  • Location
    Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
  • Biography
    My dad made Christmas time very magical at our house, he has been past for many years, & very time I see something Christmasy, it brings him right back to me, so I do Christmas year-round...I love you daddy
  • Interests
    Photos and Video of Christmas themes...
  • Occupation
    Matthew ia a Paramedic, Kelli takes Photos & Video
  • About my display
    I love to get a hot blanket out of the dryer and go out in the yard with the hubby and two dogs and lay in the yeard and hold each other and watch the soft glow of the lights, sometimes I take off my glasses to blur the effect...times like these are what Christmas is about to me.
  1. I have two lights to the right and left of doorway as you come into my house from the outside. Each year I put a red bow under them. Well I really like the look and now want that look year round... I was thinking of making it out of some type of think metal and painting it red, but I have no idea were to start. All so I thought of making it out of coper, I like the way it turns green with age, or something like that. i would like it to be beefy...something that won"t blow around in the wind and I could mount to the house just think it was to be there with the siding. I think it would bring a touch of class... Thanks to everyone for reading... Kelli
  2. They are absolutely gorgeous birds. This one is only 7-8 months old now and just the biggest baby, very gentle and a real cuddler.

  3. Congrads...Can't wait to the the wedding photos. Matthew and I will be married for 8 years this Halloween, yes we got married on October 31, in Gatlinburg, TN and the late wedding party was at a haunted house there in Gatlinburg...little diff Kelli
  4. Looking for a good Santa suit to buy. Would it be better to have it made or would the cost be better to buy one already made? Looking for one that looks good but don't want to spend $1000s on... Also someone told me that the best Santa beards are ones that people have got from a Renaissance fair place on-line, any ideas... Thanks for looking... Kelli
  5. really cute...what do you use for a table? Kelli
  6. please post...that would be nice to see and bring back some old memories...Kelli
  7. Just an idea...for us way too far way, (and no life as hubby works nights) you could web cam your party for all of us... just a thought, Kelli
  8. Also use a tripod and NO FLASH! when you turn the flash off you will have a longer shutter shutter speed so you will have to use a tripod. and like everyone said dusk is best time of the day, just before dark...Kelli
  9. If you, or anyone for that matter, want to see so photos of train in peoples christmas displays, I can get you a few, Chattanooga is known for it's trains and everyone hear does that...we are trained to death. Maybe by looking at other people ideas you can get some ideas of your own. See ya, kelli
  10. Something that you might like to do, could not pull it all this year, too late to get it going but what I would do if I had that space, living in Chattanooga, I would HAVE to have a train going around the outside and make it cut through to the workshop and around again. See ya, Kelli
  11. I have never been able to get this CD...Matthew went out once and got me a CD last year and he thought that he was doing something nice for me and got the sound track to the P/Express movie because he thought his was the sound...but I had to cut him down to size and let him know that it was the wrong one and that he should NEVER spend money with out me again...this is still what I like to call the brake in period. if you would like to sell, drop me a line, see ya...Kelli
  12. Raindeer...It's whats for dinner or maybe Raindeer...the other white meat hey it looks great, you should make a few all summer long and sell them, I know that I would buy one.
  13. Burn them to VCDs for people on the go...you can get about 50 CDs for around $8.00 and putclips of your video up and the people that want to seeall the footage,drop them in the mail to people that want them. Have you used Pinnacle Studio to seen the footage to the web? Kelli
  14. One thing you could try is take a photo just BEFORE it gets dark and send the photo to the weather men and sometimes they will use it as a back ground in there set and give you a plug... See Ya, Kelli
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