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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 Tired_Yeti

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Luke chapter 2
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  • Biography
    I was born at a very young age and have been alive ever since.
  • Interests
    Building a magical Christmas display that dazzles the neighborhood and inspires my neighbors to get into the season.
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    My wide and I have different tastes. Hers are more "old fashion" vintage style. I like colorful, cartoony, and animated. We're pretty new to setting up an outdoor display. Right now, it's only lights around the eves and one inflatable Santa/penguin igloo.

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  1. LOL! “Half a****”?! Are you kidding?! That looks time consuming to set up. I think people who don’t put any effort in don’t understand what it takes and they criticize people out of their own ignorance about the situation. I think your set up looks very nice. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. America the Beautiful to be exact. LOL! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Looks great! Honestly, I’d spray paint the poles and hardware black to make it all disappear as evening comes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I recently started wondering the same thing. I have a flat roof and want to put one of those 7.5’ (or bigger) inflatable nativity scenes on my roof. In the past, I weighted an inflatable igloo (on the ground, not roof) by using an old car’s floor mat as a pad and stacking bricks on it. I thought about doing a similar thing on the roof. My question is how do you put the guy line tethers on it? Should I screw eye bolts to my eves on the side of the roof and tie to that so that I don’t penetrate the tarpaper and weather proofing in the top of the roof? Or what? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Yeah, I'm numb to the power bill questions. When people ask me, I start off by telling them that I have a swimming pool so my electric bill is hard to compare to the average home to begin with. My power bill is rarely below $200 regardless. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I actually got on here to get away from Facebook. The newsfeed on that site keeps me angry and I don't like it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Often it's not what you say but HOW you said it that matters most. Each person displays differently for different reasons. I have a toddler so my display includes a cartoonish looking slide show and some of those "cheesy" blow-ups" you seem to hate. I'm decorating to make Christmas fun and amusing for little kids, not seniors or newspaper reporters. So each person has a motive and a focus for what they display and how. While your display looks tidy and pleasant, it may or may not hold a small child's interest for long. So some of us decorate to show Christmas to the children. After all, some folks have already enjoyed 70 or 80 Christmases, right? I'm not trying to impress or amuse those folks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I have a toddler so I have to keep my Halloween very kid-friendly since she gets scared easily. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I do a Halloween display. It's small right now because I'm just starting out. Haven't owned this house too long. I usually discuss the Halloween stuff in another forum. I have a toddler so I keep my stuff very kid-friendly and avoid the scary stuff. I have a couple other little things that aren't in this shot. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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