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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 sniggle

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      Rotterdam, New York, USA
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      Stay at home dad
    1. Thanks for tacking on this project Cedric I always look forward to it!
    2. That's awesome! Love the fountains. Are those made ccr's or something similar?
    3. Placed my first LED order today to begin the transformation from incandescents.
    4. Because most people just buy a few strings and if they fail just throw them away. I would bet that very few actually return the defective ones.
    5. We lost two airblowns this year. One the fan died and the other sucked in a ton of powder snow and then froze up. We had a spiral tree come loose and we had to bring in the parachute from our parachuting reindeer due to high winds. The show is under about 14" of snow but that's not bad compared to other years. It all comes in tomorrow.
    6. I'm going to do last years list also. I followed Darlene's lead and sent Nick an email asking about getting this years list.
    7. I was just on Nick's website and it says he is lighting up on Saturday and he still has a ways to go so my guess is that we will hear from him in a few days.
    8. I'll put in my 2 cents also... I have been a part of this for several years now and the list gets shorter each year. BUT... I also agree that if the list gets too long it will turn some folks away. I would offer a complete list and also a list of just the individual forums.
    9. It was great getting all the cards again this year. I received one card that I wanted to share with all of you. It was from the Hart Family from the 2008 PC card exchange list. Their grandson Billy was a member of our lighting community but passed away a few years ago. I received a beautiful card that said; "Thank you so much for remembering my grandson Billy's beautiful light display. Billy will always be in many hearts at Christmas time and always. He was one terrific boy." and it was signed Bill & Linda Hart I get choked up each time I read it. This card made my year!
    10. Anyone? I can't believe I let this slip through my fingers. I was looking at the design and thinking how cool it would be in my display and when I came back it had been eaten! I opend the rest and there were no more of the deer design. ugggghhh!
    11. Ok, I know it sounds crazy but I am looking for a Kit Kat bar. Hershey put out a Kit Kat holiday fun collection. The package had 6 individually wrapped bars. There were three designs embossed onto the bars, Snowmen, Santas, and Reindeer. I was looking at the reindeer one and the design would work great for a project I am planning but it was eaten before I could get a picture of it and all we have left are the other designs. I have searched all my local stores and on-line to no avail. Unfortunately the only way you can tell what design is embossed on the candy it to unwrap it. If someone has
    12. I got to looking at prior years lists (back to 2008) and decided to send cards to everyone on all of those lists. Maybe it will help put a smile on a few more faces.
    13. When you get to the Managed Watched Topics page scroll to the bottom of the page and you will a box that says something like "Last 30 Days" Clicking it opens a drop down menu where you can choose "From The Beginning" and then click on "Go". That should do the trick. Let me know how you make out. Scott
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