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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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About nanac1

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  • Birthday 01/16/1949

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    Killeen, Texas, USA
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    Camping, hiking, Christmas displays, crafting
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  1. Dale, That is Tim Mann Creative Impact Graphics Tim Mann 42315 Kingsmill Circle Elizabeth, CO 80107 Phone: 303-929-7646 Email:[email protected] Website: www.mydoordecor.com Marilyn
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    Thank You

    Mira, I want to publically thank you for making sure the vendors were taken care of. I really appreciate it and so did they. Thanks again, I really do appreciate it. Marilyn
  3. Mark I am with you on this one. Although I love all the visitors we get and have gotten over the 27 years of doing our display (this will be number 28) I would do it if we lived so far out in the wilderness that no one else saw it but me and my family. It is my passion, my husband says it's an obsession and maybe he's right. Wouldn't have it any other way. The idea of not having a display is so foreign to me, it's unthinkable. My son, who lives in Tennessee called the other night and said I should take a rest and go there for the holidays. When I told my husband, his answer was " You do realize there would be rioting in the city if this display wasn't up". I actually have visitors who have come every year and I am frequently told that I cannot die because they wouldn't know what to do at Christmas if the display wasn't here. Could not imagine the heartbreak for those who love the hobby but for whatever reason cannot continue. Marilyn
  4. Each vendor will make that decision for themselves. I can tell you at previous events vendors took credit/debit, check or cash. Marilyn
  5. Since the very beginning of my display in this home (1984) I have made very rough sketches of where I plan to put everything with major pieces labeled. I do this by themed area as I divide my display area before hand with spray paint to get a good idea of what I can physically get in that particular area. I have a three ring binder with all of those sketches thru out the years and pictures, newspaper articles, etc. for each and every year. I don't do this to make sure I get it set up the same way, I do it to PREVENT that. My display layout changes every year, with the exception of the arches over the walkway, the mega tree (only flat spot in the yard) and of course the real life trees, etc in the yard. Marilyn
  6. I'm with Mel om this one. Tried adding items to my cart and everything I tried was out of stock. Marilyn
  7. Plus is scheduled in the June-July timeframes because that's when children are not in school so the attendees can make this a family vacation and not have to worry about schools being in session.
  8. I have several of these wireframes and love them. I have two six foot tall nutcrackers, a Mickey Mouse riding a reindeer, Mickey delivering presents, Minnie, two Pluto frames, a candle, a merry Christmas, a wreath, a double reindeer that is motorized, a caroler, in addition, I have three sets of the Santa faces, two sets of the string of stars, two sets of the string of bells and miscellaneous smaller frames. These are very good quality frames but a real pain to fix if they have light problems. I have taken all the mini lights and plastic gel off of mine and replaced it with rope light. Can't tell you how much they are worth but in my opinion great finds. Marilyn
  9. I have two of the Chauvet SMX-150 machines and they are great. Not had a problem with them at all. Highly recommend them. They are a big hit in the display and put out a lot of "Snow" Marilyn
  10. Valerie is Christmas-LEDs.com. Sorry about that. Marilyn
  11. Valerie has both incandescent and LED rope light, used both no problems. Action also has both, haven't ued their LED but no problems with the incandescent. I haven't had problems with the incandescent rope light from the ebay vendor but their LED ropelight only lasted a season and a half. I won't purchase LED rope light from them, even if it's cheaper. CDI has excellent pricing on their LED rope light during his pre order. Bottom line for me, Valerie, Action and CDI will be getting my business. Marilyn
  12. I have over 2000 feet of rope light in my display, some incandescent, some LED, from several vendors. Have had no trouble with any except the incandescent from Walmart. Have the same trouble with Walmart 20 count incandescent and Walmart LED's These don't even last one full season, so have stopped even buying in the after Christmas sales for lights at Walmart. Just not worth the trouble. Truth is, you get what you pay for, at least in this instance.
  13. Thanks gang. She has been pulling the load at home and at work pretty much all year. Her husband has barely been able to work at all with the heart attacks and now the broken back. The store she worked at did really well during the holiday season, so it was a total shock when they let her go. Now there only income is workmen's comp and AFLAC so I seriously doubt they could afford COBRA if they could get it. The company has already told her they will fight any unemployment claim and added that they have never in their history paid one. She has applied and at least that looks promising. She has always wanted to be a nurse, but life got in the way. Hoping I can at least help with groceries and things that they and the kids need. College felt confident they could get her into school. I'm just worried that all this stress is going to get her to loose it. I could handle it but not sure she can after the past year. THanks again, it is appreciated. Marilyn
  14. I have never done this before but she really needs all the prayers she can get right now. We were hoping that 2011 would be a better year than 2010. In 2010, her husband had three heart attacks, one in January, one on April 15 and one on May 28. He has previously had two other heart attacks. Her oldes son has been battling throat infections etc his whole life. The doctor's finally agreed to take his tonsils out on 28 May, yes the same day her husband had a heart attack. Her son is 20 and a tonsillectomy is always harder on the patient the older they are. At any rate, a week after the tonsillectomy, he woke up bleeding profusely. We rushed him to emergency, back into surgery and pumped a pint of blood out of his stomach. They told us that if he had not woke up he would have bled to death in his sleep. They both were on the road to recovery, when on 6 August, he son fell 20-25 feet, sprained his left foot badly, but really damaged his right foot. 23 August foot surgery two screws and a metal plate later he was on bed rest and crutches until mid Oct. He will always have a bad limp and will need surgery again in the future. Her husband was on the mend and back to work part time, when in late September he had an accident at work and broke his back. He's been in a full brace and unable to work since then, not healing, surgery, MAJOR surgery scheduled for next Wed. She has been dealing with this, trying to support the family, take care of everything as best she can. Looking forward to the new year, when she lost her job of 10 years on Monday. No advance warning, nothing, Now they have no income except a little from Workman's Comp which won't cover everything. They lost their health insurance as well. Of course, we'll help when and with what we can but being on a retirement income, there isn't a lot to spare. Please pray for her and her family. Thank you so much. I just had to get this off my chest. She's my baby girl and I'm worried for them Marilyn
  15. Yes I have an indoor spiral tree and use the vintage village pieces on it. I use the spiral as if it was a winding road up to the top. Marilyn
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