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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 aloetom

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    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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    Plants, Halloween and Christmas Decorations, Rocks,Birds, Hunting

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  1. Can't wait to see your project ! Good luck, Tom
  2. Thank you. It is in my backyard, in Saudi Arabia. They are plywood with thick insulation foam over that, that is how I got the good rounded edges. The tallest deer is about 8 feet tall. Let me know if I can be any other help. I have seen your display as well and it is great ! Be well, Tom
  3. Thank you ! I have the reindeer in their storage boxes now, but will be putting them out in a month or so. I can photo the linkage set-up then if you would like. It is a simple bar linkage design. Send me an email reminder and I'll get it done for you. Be well, Tom
  4. A big thanks to Everyone for the kind words ! Be well, Tom
  5. Greetings Everyone, I thought I should put a video of this up for all to see. I built it a few years back and never seemed to have the time to post it here. Enjoy !
  6. Greetings Everyone, I thought I should put a video of this up for all to see. I built it a few years back and never seemed to have the time to post it here. Enjoy !
  7. Great Job ! Thanks for sharing them with us. Take care, Tom
  8. Thanks for the kind words. As most of us get near the Holidays, I was in a rush, so despite wanting to take lots of photos while working on it, I only have a few. Once I get everything down and stored, I'll try and get some more pic's up.
  9. Hi Kent, I don't know what the problem might be, but you can also try going to youtube directly. That's where I have them posted. Thanks for the interest !
  10. Wow, some great ideas to plus this project !, thanks for the input. I don't know if you noticed in the night shot, but the light in the tube changes colors. I plan on using this again next year, so now is the time to start thinking how to upgrade it. Take care and again thanks to all for the kind words
  11. Thanks for the kind words ! Yes, the beeper is supposed to be from the radar. The whole thing is activated by a motion sensor and when it starts moving, the beeping comes on as well. In that way I got people to look up and see it. Take care, Tom
  12. Hi Doc, Well, I 've got one built and here is a link to it working at night. I'll also try and get a daytime shot up as well. Take care, Tom
  13. Greetings everyone, Here is a link to a video of my Santa Tracking Unit. Thanks for all the ideas you all have put up on the forums and good luck to you all. Tom
  14. Great work to all ! Thanks for the photos. As soon as I get caught up, I'll get some up as well. Take care !
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