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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 sforston

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  • Birthday 01/11/1976

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    Lexington, SC
  • Biography
    Why can't it snow here?
  • Interests
    Lights...and the Office.
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    Proud Lights and Sounds of Christmas user (because I can't afford LOR)!
  1. I recently inherited a number of older ceramic tree that are badly in need of having the light fixture replaced. I have done electrical work around the house, but I don't have the first clue how to replace and rebuild the cords and sockets. Help!
  2. I recently inherited a number of older ceramic tree that are badly in need of having the light fixture replaced. I have done electrical work around the house, but I don't have the first clue how to replace and rebuild the cords and sockets. Help!
  3. Ha! They look like they are wearing a fez...add a bow tie and you've got a great Dr. Who item! Sweet...
  4. sforston

    Spooky Hollow 2012

    Nice! I love the repainted Step-2 Cottage...never would have thought of that!
  5. Found a neat General Foam Mickey Mouse at Walgreens this weekend. Need to find a good way to display...
  6. Used a baby fence around the tree for one year, then put it away the next with non-breakable ornaments on the bottom. By year three, no issues. Just dealt with everything else being up high for a couple of years.
  7. If you don't mind cutting a hole in them what about a single C7 bulb and cord...I'm thinking village lighting.
  8. I picked on up this weekend, and it looks pretty good with a few small LED candles.
  9. Checking in from Lexington, though I work in Aiken County.
  10. Bought this a few years ago and it is really cool. They seemed to only sell them for a year or two, and never put out add on pieces.
  11. I use the Greenleaf Tall Pine Village and anything I can find after Christmas!
  12. So here's the set up...making a fence for Halloween. Each post is pvc painted black, topped with a frankenstein or skull mini candy pail. There will be several lights in between each post. Has anyone ever used a sharpie to color clear bulbs? I have to use clear so Frank lights up, but would like to do purple in between. Any ideas? Thanks!
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