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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 year we woke up and found the entire living room piled high with presents (there were 8 kids in my family)
    • Location
      Sarasota Fl
    • Biography
      Happily married with 3 adult children
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      Reading, raising pups, collecting vintage road signs and traffic lights.
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    • About my display
      I make sure it is different every year. I have enough décor to do this.

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    1. Here is an update on those minions. According to one Lowe’s employee I just spoke with, some Lowe’s will be getting the minion blow molds, and some Lowe’s won’t. Their item numbers are 2127478 & 2127479.
    2. Hey, Scott Rob, I tried those numbers but the minions don’t come up. Since you gave me the phone number for your local Lowe’s, I will call them in the morning. Thank you for helping me and providing those numbers. I’ll let you know how it ends up. Scott McK
    3. Thnx for the pics, but I actually need the Lowe’s item number, it’s on the label at the store along w/the price. Please.
    4. Does anyone have the Lowe’s item no. for the minion blow molds? Thnx.
    5. Hi Big J. Was there again this morning and did not see any minions, just happy employees setting up the display. I thought about buying the Mickey Mouse character holding the ho ho ho cane, but decided not to after reading the reviews. At least one reviewer noted the eyes are paper (indeed they are), and the ho ho sign will actually hide Mickey’s face. I’ll keep ck’ing on the minions. I sold 3 brand new minions for $40 two years ago when it came time to move. 🙁
    6. Local Lowe’s stocking the shelves for Christmas 2020.
    7. Hey wad2k: how posting some pics? There may be some forum members interested...
    8. Nice pics, Scott Rob. Thnx for the update. Always wanted one of those wooden nutcrackers but storage when not on display would be a problem. Scott M.
    9. Hey Scott R. Just went on that site. Really cool stuff! Can’t believe how many large items are offered. Definitely will be making at least one purchase there. Thank you. Scott M.
    10. Sorry to hear you went thru that expense. I’m wondering if you allowed more time for people to respond, if there could’ve been a different ending. That Santa is awesome. You deserve it, so enjoy displaying it, gmac. As a side note, I noticed the Santa was shipped to Cleveland airport. Well we live in Florida, but are visiting relatives this week in Cleveland and drove past that airport numerous times all week. Hope you post pics on PlanetChristmas this year. Scott
    11. So, did it arrive, do you like it, how much was it, and is it still available? Thnx for your response! Scott
    12. Here it is, a year later. So, what is the current news on these Santa’s?
    13. Hobby Lobby is where we got our Mickey Mouse parts from. Can’t wait to add the lights to the frames.
    14. Dave, that is awesome! Thanx for the idea, I’ll make at least 2 of these. Another thought: in this day and age, there are countless choices of colorful light strings you can use. I’m glad I saw your post.
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