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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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  1. that looks awesome! Good job! How are you going to anchor those boxes?
  2. still about 4-6 more hours of work to do. Hate to whine, but my broken leg is REALLY slowing me down!
  3. I didn't see them on that link. How much are they shipped? Thanks!
  4. Behind here too. Hubby spent 6 hours on a ladder yesterday, and now we're 1/2 way done. Got the coroplast up (looks AWESOME!!!), all the windows done except 2, the garland up. Still need to do roofline, 1 tree, 1 wreath, 30 stars, and 2 windows. Goal is to be all done before Thanksgiving.
  5. I could be wrong, but I thought rope light doesn't last long when out in the sun? I've read posts where people have left it out and learned that the hard way? Cool idea though!
  6. I just love that story! My 3 boys had never seen a moose before, so they are just loving it. My youngest thinks that's your horse and you ride it though. LOL
  7. I finished my roofline trim (candy theme) and just need to hang it. Finished the stars, all 30 of them Need to work on the window garlands and I'll be ready to put everything up! Hubby doesn't know it yet, but we're spending the weekend on this! BWAHAHAHAAAAAA!
  8. I saw a really cute one at Lowes today. Not sure if it's what you're looking for though.
  9. WAX PAPER! LOL Seriously, wax paper (the stuff that's right next to aluminum foil at the grocery store) on the window will work wonderfully. I put 2 layers on and it looks great.
  10. How about showing up at hospitals, nursing homes, etc and visiting people? ?? Leave your business cards on the counters of the nurses stations when you leave. Show up at pediatricians offices and offer to visit with a sick patient (and leave your business cards there too) Word of mouth is how to get customers, and if someone saw Santa showing kindness, they'd tell others about it who might be looking to pay for a Santa visit. Especially if he's a santa that's actually GOOD with kids. There's some CREEPY santa's out there!!!!
  11. As I was making 30+ christmas stars lastnight and watching them blow all over the place, I was thinking the same thing! I have a bunch of metal light holders I'm going to bend/recycle and turn them into stakes. I think. I have to test my idea, but rebar seems overkill. I live on a street that the wind is horrible, just blows hard, so I need to figure out something.
  12. I have a small porch, that at night turns into a cave effect. Especially with the arch garland in front. I want to do something to light it up. I attached a picture from last year. This year, I'm doing a candy theme this year, going to be doing candy garlands around all the windows, etc... but the picture will give you an idea of what I'm dealing with. Any ideas for the front door? My problem is those skinny windows and the arch above the door== if I put lights in those it will look wierd from the inside of teh house, right??? Any ideas? Pics are helpful too, I'm a visual gal, I need to see it to understand it. LOL
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