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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.

    Lilly Strat

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    About Lilly Strat

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    • My favorite Christmas story
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      New Jersey, USA
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      Guitars & Holidays
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      Static - blowmolds, LED minilights on house and bushes, and C9 strings with LED replacement bulbs

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    9. I've never seen one of the snowman but youtube has video of the santa:
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    11. I am going to find a way to do it without drilling. I just run the cable under Santa's waving arm, it doesn't hang perfectly vertical but it's close enough where nobody's ever noticed it doesn't. Then I hang the reindeer from the cable by just wrapping a little wire around their heads and wiring them to the cable. The cable ends up passing right over the middle of the top of their heads between the antlers. I clamp near Santa's arm in back and at Rudolph's head at the front and nothing between moves as the reins hold them. So compared to drilling I lose about a foot or so of height sin
    12. Another confirmed replacement nose order using the 800 number,still free for the noseitself and shipping. Before ending the call I remembered the runners for my Santa, Sleigh, Reindeer were snapped and bent, so I asked about those as well. $5 per runner and shipping was $6 for 2 runners. So a nose for the Santa's Best snowman free +2 replacement runners for the SS&R, all for $16. Thanks for the info sweetcar13!
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