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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.
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  • 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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  1. I found this super-cute nutcracker at an antique / consignment store for less than $2. I grabbed him up. When I took him home and unwrapped him, I noticed a perfumey stench coming off him. I didn't think much of it, but the longer he stayed inside, the stronger the smell got. It actually gave me a headache, it was so overpowering. I eventually figured out that his sack must be some sort of sachet, so I emptied it out and sprayed it, the toys and him down with Febreeze and put him in the garage. I confess that I forgot about him and he's been in the cold garage for over 2 weeks. As I was putting the rest of my nutcrackers away last night, I saw him and he STILL smelled! How can you get the smell out of wood??
  2. Actually, no - it's never crossed my mind! We just have a park at the end of our block, so we get so many critters in our yard that it's pointless to mess with this one. I'm happy it's just a squirrel and not a skunk! This hopefully will also be incentive for the hubby to replace the shed doors, that have been in really bad shape for the last couple years.
  3. Woohoo! Done! Well, mostly anyway. The metal stakes I use for the toy soldiers & such are frozen into the ground, so I guess those are staying out there for a while. I used landscape cloth pins (U-shaped and 7 or 8 inches long) to keep the extension cords under control and over the runners of Santa's sleigh - for a few minutes I thought Santa was staying out, too! A couple good yanks with the claw part of a hammer and I won that fight. One fight I haven't won, tho is with a certain <expletive x 100> squirrel! I thought watching its mate getting pounced on by a hawk, getting rid of it's nest and a majority of its food stash in my shed (and 4 of the blowmolds!!) would make it move on, but it's a resilient little bugger. I caught a glimpse of it running along behind the H'ween blowmolds in the back of my shed, then it climbed up on a pair of coolers we have in there and leaped out at me! He landed within arms-reach of me, stopped and stared a second, then took off. Over the summer it ate holes in the door so I'm sure its back in there already...
  4. I broke my display down into sections since I've never figured out a good place to stand to get a pic of my *entire* front yard without a tree being in my way. The daylight Santa & sleigh I found a couple days before Christmas at an antique store / craft mall type place. I told the hubby that it could be his Christmas present to me! The second one is the area next to the driveway (at Halloween I call it the Mosh Pit since it's where all of my blowmolds live) Every year, it seems like I have one that I call 'A**hole Santa' - never fails that there's one the refuses to stay lit! And the bulb is perfectly fine. The last 2 years it was the little guy in the front (who also didn't like to be vertical) but he passed on the trophy. I also have 3 of the 32-ish inch nutcrackers along the fence. And finally - the front of the house. The "fangs" are simply tomato cages wrapped in lights & sitting in flower pots that my daughter & I put together one night. I think they turned out pretty neat.
  5. I really like the reindeer & sleigh up on the porch roof - perfect place for it!
  6. Hmmm, so do I go out to take down the blowmolds in the 24* heatwave Sunday when I have all day or Monday when It's 38* but I can't get out there until after work?? Dilemma, dilemma. I'm thinking Sunday when I have daylight & can get it all put away and I won't be tempted to just shove them in the garage until whenever. The lights are staying on the house until spring as far as I'm concerned.
  7. Wow - I bet you paid more the $.99 for those! The candles are so pretty! They do have a very elegant shape, not cartoon-y at all.
  8. I personally had a hole enlarged by a squirrel so there was indeed a mess! Little <expletive> decided my blowmolds would be a great place to store pinecones. Put I digress... (and since it was in the back, I stuck 2 C7 bulbs in there and called it a fixed) I like xenon's idea of the wood base - most of my molds have a hole big enough to put a brick or two in, but I have some that have oddly small access holes in the base.
  9. He looks fine in the daylight, but once it's lit up.....ugh. He needs attention!
  10. i love your flat trees! And the wreath with the candle in it? I've never seen that before - awesome!
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