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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.

Fat Man

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Every Christmas!
  • Location
    College Station Texas
  • Biography
    I spend most of the Christmas season at Santa's Wonderland
  • Interests
    Wood cutouts
  • Occupation
    Diesel Tech
  • About my display
    I decorate 6 apartments at a senior apt complex every year. Just about everything is wood cutouts. On the first sunday after Thanksgiving, we turn on the lights, and have a little party for the residents, complete with live music.

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  1. I have used Patio Paints on a lot of mine, there are a bunch of colors, and can be had for less that $2 at Hobby Lobby. If you do use house paint, whit I have done in the past, is find a craft paint that is the exact color you want, paint a piece of scrap wood with it, and take it to Lowes/Home depot, or where you buy paint, and have them mix it to the color. I have a lot of trouble finding the right colors, so I cheat, and ask some of the ladies for help. Seems to work so far. Best of luck, Bill
  2. On the Nutcracker box, it says ok for outside IF COVERED. we don’t a have the snowman.
  3. You might try a fabric store in your area. At Joann’s fabric I have seen hairy looking stuff, but they do sell gauze type material to skin it with.
  4. The picture on the Nutcracker box shows it to be outside. I’ll be going there later today, and I’ll check on both, of our Sams is the Snowman.
  5. I took last Friday off work to hang my roof lights. It took two days to recover!! I might hang some net lights and C-6's in some bushes today, depends on work. I'v only got two weeks before it has to be done, and I still have to rebuild the drive on the teeter totter.
  6. Sorry you had a bad time with the Walmart lights, I haven't had an issue with the net lights or mini lights as of yet. As for the C-9 or C-7 led's, all of mine have come from Lowe's, and I have had no issues. I have used them for at least 4 years. Also I buy the 3, 5, and 6 lights from them as well and again no problems. I don't know if it matters, but I buy the spools of lights instead of the boxes. Merry Christmas, Bill
  7. From my point of view, the only thing wrong with this site is, I only found it this year!!! The people and ideas are great. I'm the type of person who thinks technology peaked with the invention of the jig saw with a work light and dust blower built in to it, so all this computer stuff is new to me. I do have time during lunch to play around, and try to learn, but that's not much. One day I may even learn how to post pictures of my display. Keep up the great work, and Merry Christmas.
  8. I've use white trees in the yard, and they will only last a season or two before they start turning brown. My green trees don't have enough time on them yet to make a call. on both trees, I added my own lights, and have worked good so far.
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