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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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    Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA
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  1. 55, General Foam changed the colors of the life size nativity this year. So, it encouraged me to buy a second shepherd. Thank you all for the compliments. I do it for God's glory.
  2. Earlier this season there were discussions about the online only available molds Menards had for sale. They have shipped many of them to the stores. They had the train for $83. Life size Holy family for $77. Life size Wiseman for $119. Life size sheep for $17.99!!! Camel for $45. Check online it will show the stock at your local store. I would hurry. Just a heads up!!! Good Luck!
  3. You just never know these days. Im sure they will be gone quick!
  4. A nice selection this year. Only one snowman in the line-up, that's unusual. Some of these new dark colors will look great during the day, but at night...???? thinking they may not be interior lighting friendly.
  5. Oh, boy. I guess the peanuts expansion has ceased! Linus, not even listed this year. Love the new snow man, and angel. I have a feeling the "old world santa" may not even make it to production. Thanks Andrew for posting, I have been keeping my eye open for this one.
  6. Scott, I wish you the best of luck. Sometimes passions change, and I can understand that. Time to enjoy other displays.
  7. Brad, they just opened the first KY store in Owensboro in May. It opened two weeks before my store in southeast Missouri. Still can't believe I have one here in Cape Girardeau.
  8. Looks like the same selection as last year so far.
  9. Are there any records kept on how long a store carries the same mold? This would have to be the record breaker. This pumpkin along with that ghost are about as common at Kmart as the Blue Light specials used to be back in the 80s. LOL
  10. No glitter! Mel, I hope your correct on exclusive. Gives me a reason to buy! Bought a new shed from menards a month ago. Looks like it will end up full of molds as well.
  11. That's when they start putting it out. Last year blow molds and outdoor decor were first up. It really continues until late October, which is when they complete the set up with lemax village pieces and wrapping paper.
  12. Bill, I always appreciate this annual post. Set up at menards always begins the Monday after labor day. BTW, still waiting for the two grand venture pumpkin molds to show up.
  13. If you look at Menards website, in the Halloween section, you will see the pictures of the two grand venture molds that every store is waiting on. It shows out of stock at every store. Hope the company doesn't screw up for themselves by shipping items late.
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