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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.

Carmelo Christmas

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About Carmelo Christmas

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Rudoff the red nose raindeer
  • Location
    Marlboro nj
  • Biography
    I am 62 years old. i still write a letter to Santa every year and put it in my stocking. Christmas has always been my favorit time of year. My dad put up christmas lights on the house every year and I helped. I have since had my own home and my son and I always put up the lights adding to it every year. We even won the best house aware one year for our christmas lights. People wpuld come down our dead end street to see what we did ! It was the most happiest time of my life!
  • Interests
    Christmas! All kinds of DYI home improvments, Car customizing and detailing, chess and lots of crafting ( Christmas crafting that is!) Knights of Columbus Past Grand Knight and still have input to the loving councl I belong to.
  • Occupation
    Telecommunications Engineer / Consulting
  • About my display
    These days I do not have a very large display due to my small town house. I usually consult with other home owners who look to have big displays or want to improve on their designs. I have so many ideas and thoughts on different displays from department store windows ( including anamation ) to yard and home. My home workshop has been designed around this kind of work and really brings me great pleasure and satisfaction
  1. Hello all, Back when I was doing a lot of different Chrstmas designing for my home desplay and for the Knights of Columbus Breakfast with Santa, I came across on Planet Christmas a train build and also lighted PVC pole Lights. Pole lights were made of PVC and used red tape to make the candie cane look with a glass globe on top. The globe reminded me of a hall way fixture from that era. The Train build was complex as the builder used wood of course to build the train structure and two little motors from one of those battery ride on toys. He built the track out of wood and metal if I recall. Does anyone remember these and may have any informaion on them as I want to re-create them. I am semi retired from my current job as a Telecommunications Engineer and have begun formulating some thoughts on starting a new business specializing in Christmas Displays. Im just testing the waters with this thought and yes its only a very seasonal thing but it takes time to take an idea, put it on paper and bring it to life. Developing such a business to be cost effective is a real challange because materals are expensive as well as the machines and tools needed not to mention people who will want to be paid. Lets face it ... no one works for nothing! If anyone is intrested in discussing this topic and has any input at all ... good idea, bad idea, waste of time I am open to all. As for the Pole lights and the train build it would be great if anyone could pass any info along. Thank you all for your Christmas Passion . Best regards Carmelo
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