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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.

Mystical Luminary

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About Mystical Luminary

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  • Birthday 08/08/1971

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    McHenry, Illinois, USA
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    Christmas Deco, Fishing, RolePlaying Online Games
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    Auto Mechanic
  1. Hi Dee, Welcome home lol!!!! I feel the same way as you do about Planet Christmas. Thanks for sharing about your display, make sure you submit pics for the showing off pages once you get up and running this year. Have you made any mini trees to add to your display yet? They are quite easy to make and you can find instructions off the home page under the "How do I " tab and then the trees and bushes link. Enjoy your stay make yourself at home!!!! Merry Christmas!!
  2. I love it !!! An option that I did instead of more lights was using a pine garland around the cage along with the lights. I got my pine garland at walmart and it was fairly cheap. It has been on the trees for 2 years now and still looks great even unlit during daylight hours. Last year I added to my mini tree collection, I'm now up to 12 and still hoping to add a few more. :happytree:
  3. Norb, First off, welcome. I go to about the same heights decorating my peaks. I guess it all depends on how you want your house to look. Mine doesn't look complete if I don't do my peaks so I go up on ladders as safely as possible. Using the plastic shingle/gutter hooks make it easier to take down than install so mt only real time of concern is installation. I hope that eases your nerves to know there's someone out there going to the same lengths. Stay safe!!
  4. I will also be pulling halloween down on the first. Christmas starts going up the following weekend and official light up comes the weekend after thanksgiving.... Gettin Anxious.....:waycool:
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