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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.

LisaJ

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About LisaJ

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  • Birthday 10/11/1973

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    http://johansenfamilyadventuresinthelas.site.shutterfly.com/

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    Mat-Su Valley, Alaska
  • Biography
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  • Interests
    Hiking,US military(especially US Navy and USMC),gardening, classic cars(especially Mustangs),sports (Diehard NY Giants and Boston Red Sox fan),Christmas movies and music, Christmas decorations, ornaments and lighting
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  • About my display
    All static display. Have blowmolds, inflatables and wood cut-outs,plus the lights. Display changes every yr.
  1. That was a very nice letter! Its always nice to hear from folks who appreciate the lights.
  2. I always mark who I get cards from. I dont just do it for this wesbite, I do it with family and friends also. I like to keep track of things. Helps me to decide what goes out the following Christmas.
  3. I was on the full list also and did not receive cards from 17 folks on the list.
  4. I am so glad you posted this! I got a card from Sarah but was confused because it had your address, but her name. I didnt know if I had missed something or not. Please tell Sarah I will have her card out in the mail tomorrow!
  5. A few weeks ago my husband had forwarded a link to me regarding the Kansas City show. I asked him if we could go, but he thought it would be a bit of a drive Its my all-time favorite movie. I watch it at least 2x a month, if not more. Sometimes when my kids are getting ready to go outside they like to pretend they're Randy and cant put their arms down, hehehehe
  6. Unfortunately this happens more than people realize. Earlier this yr in OR an apt complex tried to tell folks they could not display the American flag on their vehicles parked at the complex because someone might be offended. As soon as that hit the news there was a huge outcry and the apt manager quickly backed away from that rule. http://www.katu.com/news/local/64262707.html As someone else mentioned, I will NEVER live in an area with an HOA. I refuse to live by someone elses guidelines of what is nice and accepted, especially when it comes to the US flag. I have served under that flag, my family has sacrificed a lot for what that flag stands for and I'll be ****ed if someone will tell me where and when I can fly it.
  7. I'm loving the cards everyone, thank you thank you! Dale, has someone emailed you a new copy yet? If not I'll forward it to you...
  8. Yes Virginia, there really is a Santa Claus.....and your letters will still be answered ;0) Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the U.S. Postal Service is resuming a program allowing volunteers to respond to letters sent to Santa in care of the North Pole post office. Murkowski says Deputy Postmaster General Pat Donahoe told her in a phone call that the agency has reconsidered its decision to not allow volunteers to answer the letters. The program was suspended over privacy concerns. Calls to the Postal Service were not immediately returned today. Murkowski says Donahoe said the program would resume in North Pole, but with some new security measures in place to protect the identities of children.
  9. I hang all the lights...well, with help from my daughter, who is just shy of 14. She is 5'9", a few inches taller than me, so she can reach higher spots better than I can. Thats my story and I'm sticking to it. Its The Husbands job to get power to anything that requires it. He also cuts out all the plywood yard decorations and helps paint them. Inflatables also get set up by him. I supervise and tell him where I think it all should go. My sons(11 and almost 16), well, it depends. They do like helping decorate but when its negative 15 outside they really dont rush out to lend a hand. They wait until their dad or I start yelling for them. As for the inside, thats strictly me. I am very anal about how I want things and its just easier to do it myself.
  10. LisaJ

    Tonight's weather

    I lived in Bremerton for 7 yrs and miss those windstorms, believe it or not! I was going to start putting some lights up today but when I woke up it was -14, and although its warmed up to -11 I'm being lazy and staying in by the woodstove. I can put the lights up tomorrow
  11. Wow, I love it!! I even had my husband come over to look and hes not one to give much of a reaction but he was quite loud looking at your pictures. He was VERY impressed!
  12. He states in the first post that he'll be sending the list out around Monday the 16th.
  13. Please, in a time like this, lets not make such statements. As a military veteran and a military wife whose husband has been to war, blanket statements like this do not help anything. My thoughts are with those at Ft. Hood, and with all the friends and families who now have their worlds turned upside down. Marilyn, in the next coming hrs and days, if you learn of ways that we can help those affected by the shooting please let me know. My heart aches for our extended military family.
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