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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.

timdks

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About timdks

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  • Birthday 08/12/1942

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    http://www.frontdorr.com

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Always thought that the white Christmas tree on the Plaza in the late 40s was my Aunt's Christmas tree. Then I grew up. Bummer.
  • Location
    Olathe (KC Suburb), Kansas, USA
  • Biography
    Let me think about it!
  • Interests
    Photography, videography and editing, woodworking, travel, grandchildren, and Christmas decorating
  • Occupation
    Retired
  • About my display
    My display at home grew too big so it has been moved to Stagecoach Park next to the Olathe Community Center and across from Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop. And I have a much smaller display at my home. Do a Halloween display at home too.

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  2. Just a reminder that today, July 4, is the deadline for signing up to participate in the hands-on build your own Rainbow Flood session on Friday, August 3. If you would like to participate in that HAM2012 event, and see your finished product included in the ***ht time demonstration, head on over to http://hamplus.org, click on the registration tab, and sign up on-line. Looking forward to this first time event.
  3. Just a reminder that today, July 4, is the deadline for signing up to participate in the hands-on build your own Rainbow Flood session on Friday, August 3. If you would like to participate in that HAM2012 event, and see your finished product included in the ***ht time demonstration, head on over to http://hamplus.org, click on the registration tab, and sign up on-line. Looking forward to this first time event.
  4. Just a reminder that today, July 4, is the deadline for signing up to participate in the hands-on build your own Rainbow Flood session on Friday, August 3. If you would like to participate in that HAM2012 event, and see your finished product included in the ***ht time demonstration, head on over to http://hamplus.org, click on the registration tab, and sign up on-line. Looking forward to this first time event.
  5. Just a reminder that today, July 4, is the deadline for signing up to participate in the hands-on build your own Rainbow Flood session on Friday, August 3. If you would like to participate in that HAM2012 event, and see your finished product included in the ***ht time demonstration, head on over to http://hamplus.org, click on the registration tab, and sign up on-line. Looking forward to this first time event.
  6. Just a reminder that today, July 4, is the deadline for signing up to participate in the hands-on build your own Rainbow Flood session on Friday, August 3. If you would like to participate in that HAM2012 event, and see your finished product included in the ***ht time demonstration, head on over to http://hamplus.org, click on the registration tab, and sign up on-line. Looking forward to this first time event.
  7. Just a reminder that today, July 4, is the deadline for signing up to participate in the hands-on build your own Rainbow Flood session on Friday, August 3. If you would like to participate in that HAM2012 event, and see your finished product included in the ***ht time demonstration, head on over to http://hamplus.org, click on the registration tab, and sign up on-line. Looking forward to this first time event.
  8. Just a reminder that today, July 4, is the deadline for signing up to participate in the hands-on build your own Rainbow Flood session on Friday, August 3. If you would like to participate in that HAM2012 event, and see your finished product included in the ***ht time demonstration, head on over to http://hamplus.org, click on the registration tab, and sign up on-line. Looking forward to this first time event.
  9. Mel, we've had a positive response, but there is still time for others to register. We look forward to your attendance this year, along with your spouse.
  10. The HAMmers' website has now been updated to include the two-day agenda, as well as the ability to register for this great event. That's right, now we will be starting with a hands-on class Friday afternoon. And Friday night we will be having a light show that will include the battle of the floods, lights that is. The light show will follow the first of three catered meals. So click on over to the website, check out all that will be offered this year, and register. Looking forward to another great turnout.
  11. The HAMmers' website has now been updated to include the two-day agenda, as well as the ability to register for this great event. That's right, now we will be starting with a hands-on class Friday afternoon. And Friday night we will be having a light show that will include the battle of the floods, lights that is. The light show will follow the first of three catered meals. So click on over to the website, check out all that will be offered this year, and register. Looking forward to another great turnout.
  12. The HAMmers' website has now been updated to include the two-day agenda, as well as the ability to register for this great event. That's right, now we will be starting with a hands-on class Friday afternoon. And Friday night we will be having a light show that will include the battle of the floods, lights that is. The light show will follow the first of three catered meals. So click on over to the website, check out all that will be offered this year, and register. Looking forward to another great turnout.
  13. The HAMmers' website has now been updated to include the two-day agenda, as well as the ability to register for this great event. That's right, now we will be starting with a hands-on class Friday afternoon. And Friday night we will be having a light show that will include the battle of the floods, lights that is. The light show will follow the first of three catered meals. So click on over to the website, check out all that will be offered this year, and register. Looking forward to another great turnout.
  14. The HAMmers' website has now been updated to include the two-day agenda, as well as the ability to register for this great event. That's right, now we will be starting with a hands-on class Friday afternoon. And Friday night we will be having a light show that will include the battle of the floods, lights that is. The light show will follow the first of three catered meals. So click on over to the website, check out all that will be offered this year, and register. Looking forward to another great turnout.
  15. The HAMmers' website has now been updated to include the two-day agenda, as well as the ability to register for this great event. That's right, now we will be starting with a hands-on class Friday afternoon. And Friday night we will be having a light show that will include the battle of the floods, lights that is. The light show will follow the first of three catered meals. So click on over to the website, check out all that will be offered this year, and register. Looking forward to another great turnout.
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