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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
      My Christmas story was 2003, when I started decorating outside for the first time. Been hooked ever since.
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      Kirkwood, NY
    • Biography
      I am 45, Married, Love Outdoor Christmas Lights and add to my display every year!
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      Heavy Metal, Concerts, Outdoor Christmas Lights
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      I work in IT
    • About my display
      I have over 20,000 Lights, I do blowmolds, an Animal KIngdom full of 3D sculptures, a full Rudolph scene, icicle lights all over the house.

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    1. I cannot believe one these just sold on E-Bay for 100.....way too much.
    2. Really, I guess I really need to get into Walmart! Thanks Big J!
    3. Ok, we want one. We have seen two on Ebay, not paying those prices. Anyone seen these in the stores yet? It is Gemmy, that I know because I saw a picture of the bottom of it. We havent seen them yet in any of the stores we have been in.
    4. Cool, I see they have a Snoopy Blow mold, I don't remember that one last year.
    5. We have been in Home Depot (Halloween is out), our Michaels has Halloween out too and I haven't been in a Walmart since February for health reasons. I did buy a pumpkin from Lowe's because they have their Halloween out too and I Gargoyle from Home Depot. Cannot wait for Christmas tho!!!!
    6. And selling them unpainted allows some people to put color changing bulbs them as an option. I have seen where some of done it and it looks cool, not my style, but it's an option!
    7. I wish they were 3 ft not 2ft, with 2ft blowmolds, I don't like them outside because of the snow. And with LED they stay cold and the snow, doesn't melt. LOL the debate of the LED conversion.
    8. My whole thing is I like to build things as well, or fix broken things. So I might build a few.
    9. Agreed. My wife has bought a few online. BUT the best deals are the ones we get at Estate sales or a garage sale.
    10. The prices are way out of control, but unfortunately someone is paying them or they wouldn't be posting more and more. I personally will not pay those prices.
    11. Those Mickey's are awesome!!! Great idea, hope you don't mind if I steal the idea too!
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