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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 fluffyxmas

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  • Birthday 07/25/1986

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    gympie, , Australia
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    christmas lights....my kids....my husband....
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    full time mum of five....
  1. 4289890 ....plus our smallish display of 8500....4298390
  2. my list is far to long...where do i start... mega tree.....snow machine.....nativity scene....... the list goes on and on.....i want it all......:]
  3. we do have a static display we are have around 15000 lights at the moment but will be expanding in the next couple of years.... we want to get into the other stuff but am a bit daunted by it all.....will try and post some pics in the coming days... :Dmerry xmas to you.... tess
  4. how horrible for you...some people just dont have the christmas spirit at all...we had similar things happen last year.... keep your spirits up...
  5. Hi tammy.... I too have just discovered planet christmas...what a fantastic site..wish i had found it sooner.... cant wait to try out some of the great ideas....already started on my mini trees.....next my arches over the driveway.....then maybe next year i will tackle a mega tree...... happy decorating to everyone.... tess
  6. we use roles of wire that you can pick up at the hardware stores....undo the screws a fraction and tie the wire around both the lights and the screw and retighten this works for both rope lights and fairy lights..
  7. please any ideas would be appreciated....have seen some great arches that go over driveways was just wondering how to go about constructing them....what materials are used etc....cant wait to see how they are done so that i can add them to our display this year.....happy decoarating....
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