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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.

Maroonz28

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About Maroonz28

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    Doug Pellett

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Bad santa
  • Location
    Andover, MN
  • Biography
    Born in Chicago, lived in Arkansas and now in Minnesota. Started putting up lights when I was 7 years old.
  • Interests
    Flying, football, baseball, hockey.
  • Occupation
    Pilot and work in bar
  • About my display
    Collection of blow molds, wire sculptures, and 30k lights. Just bought a corner lot house for the reason of decorating for Christmas.

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  1. Saw this. Gonna hit up Menards this weekend and get one. Glad to see them still selling blow molds
  2. I remember Franks while growing up in Chicago. Used to get a lot of decorations from there
  3. Looks good. Wanna do something similar with plywood cutouts this year
  4. What do you use for bending? Ive been interested in making these but not sure with the bending. I have a binch of the old marquee christmas silhouette wire frames and want to add more but they don’t make them anymore so gonna go the diy route
  5. Still here. Just lurking more since Christmas is over but gonna try to post more
  6. Gotta start somewhere. Nice little display
  7. Very nice mike. Do you make the wire frames yourself?
  8. Nice. Where have you guys found Easter blow molds? I’ve never seen them in stores
  9. Good to hear. Just be diligent on the checkups afterwards.
  10. Nice. 20s and snow here. Still have my lights up from Christmas
  11. Just joined this past fall and enjoy coming on here once or twice a week to see updates and info
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