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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
    ...The Christmas Story, of course!
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    Niceville Florida
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    Husband and Father of 2 kids, I love to share the Christmas message and the real meaning for the season with my little ones and those around me.
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    Running, Cars, tools, holiday decorating (a new one, but its taking)
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    Be the best husband and father I can be!
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  1. Several of those were out last year as well Looks like they just changed it from "reindeer parking" Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  2. Great, now I'm going to have to go look for Olaf! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  3. I've not had that problem with my C9s. Ecosmart brand. I'd guess the brand had a lot to do with it. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  4. Looks pretty cool. I might look into something like that as opposed to blow molds. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  5. I have been using the ecosmart C9 LED strings for three years now with no issues. I think HD is the only one that carries them. They are a step above the store brands for sure. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    I'd love to find some molds on sale! Really want a Nativity. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    Nice! I still have had a chance to make it into our other home Depot. I'm guessing they are picked clean at this point. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  8. I'd be interested as well! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  9. Outline entire roof, up to the peak, new bows for garage, wrap palm tree and possibly an oak, hang star from another Palm tree and put Nativity below, do" something" with street light, more pathway markers. Sounds like a lot, but really I just didn't put as much out this year as the year before. New house, new baby and upcoming deployment left me with little time. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  10. Holy crap that's excessive! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    Nice, wish I would have gotten one of those. Is out the same height as the Walmart reindeer sign? I also wish I would have gotten some large ornaments for outdoor trees. I need some new ones, maybe some flashier design. Was also hoping for some lighted bows to go under the garage lamps. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    Pics of the Merry and bright? I don't recall that one. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    Pretty much nothing at our Walgreens. In fact, I'm not sure I saw those lights at all this season. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  14. Yeah, it's pretty high. But it's really not too bright. Not ideal, but not awful. Wander if I could find a municipal decoration to put up on it. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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    Crap, forgot about Walgreens. I like the C3 net lights they sell. Might check tomorrow. Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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