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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.

TammyL

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    hmmm.... my favorite time of the year.
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    Slaughter, Louisiana, USA
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    Homemaker
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  3. We decorate inside and outside but here is my inside decor this year. I was disappointed because I got a late start and was not able to finish everything, so much was put back in the attic.
  4. Marilyn I would love to see a picture of your spiral tree and village if you could post it!
  5. Hey I hadn't heard from you in a long time, how is it going??? would love to see how your Christmas display looks, when you are finished, post some pictures!!! I believe the last time I saw your pictures was actually your first year on here. I had loss my password, had so much trouble, I just had to start all over as a member but still decorating. I have pictures posted on my page from last year in my albums and will post new ones when I am complete this year.

  6. WOW Marilyn I would love to see what that looks like, please post pictures!!! Thank you for replying to my post!!! I have been decorating the inside of my house and can't wait to finish so I can post pictures of all of it and then to start on the outside! haha it never ends but I love it!!!
  7. I just begin collecting the glitter houses, I love them so much as a child and for a couple of years now started noticed them at Marshall's and Tuesday Morning and of course on Ebay so I have begin buying them, some small but mostly large pieces. I have never been a village collector and not sure the best way to display them, would love to see pictures for some ideas. I also recently bought me a 48 piece bethlehem village set that I have wanted for a couple of years now. I got it in today and feel like a kid in a candy shop haha. I will post pictures of both sets, when I have them completed. Please post pictures of yours, I would love to see them! and thank you for replying to my post.
  8. Would love to see your display ideas, I am new to it but don't know the best way to display them, I just love them!
  9. I love your display, my favorite is Elvis on the Bayou! I see so many going to this style of light display. Is it hard to set up and do? A couple of years ago I won the 1st week Christmas display on WBRZ ch 2 but on the last week when the three winners for the month are voted on I loss to a house with this kind of display, I would love to add the light show to mine next year. What would you suggest on how I should go about this.
  10. I know and the wind was so strong it kept destroying my display. I have had to repeatedly fix my display. I finally just gave up and put so much back in storage I didn't come close to putting everything up this year.
  11. I just wanted to wish all my fellow Louisiana Planet Christmas friends a Merry Christmas! Checkout my display in my album. I was not able to put up everything this year due to the constant rain that put me so far behind but it still turned out nice. I would love to see some of ya'lls displays also.
  12. Hey I live in Slaughter, Louisiana just North of Baton Rouge and I am glad to see all of yall on here from Louisiana! I am anxious to see everybody's Christmas displays, feel free to check mine out mine in my album. I have been a member since 2006 but last year I lost my password and couldn't get it straighten out, so I started a new screen name. My living room is covered with Christmas stuff everywhere right now as I get ready for Christmas Yeah!!!
  13. I am so excited about the Christmas card exchange, I did this last year and was excited to get cards from all over our states, over seas and Canada it was a lot of fun and can't wait to do it again!
  14. Thats it, I have got to find me a nice nativity set like that! I love it!
  15. Hey Chuck, Small world, I was the first week winner for ch.2 wbrz. contest and your competition. I just wanted to congratulate you! my fellow PC friend.
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