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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 fw2000

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  • Birthday 07/12/1944

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    Perkins, Oklahoma, USA
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    photography, softball/basketball officiating, gardening
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  1. Can anyone give solution(s) to keep blowmolds upright. My Santa keeps falling over and he doesn't drink. When he goes he takes several other things with him. Getting boring. Thanks. Frank
  2. Agree with everyone. Tom/Greg were great. Fantastic hospitality and the best group of people ANYWHERE. Am proud to know you. Have sent emails to just about everyone. I need a pm from 2 especially. The gentleman with the leaping arch that stores in 2' sections and the one making extension cords from old light strings. If you can pm a phone number I would like to talk to you. Break time is over - gotta work on this year's display. Frank
  3. not yet. camera skills are lacking. viewfinder does not reach film. frank
  4. hey guys we're missing the obvious. i bought wally world out of hula hoops. cut them in half and you get two arches for each one. if i don't like the color i use the new plastic paint for one i do like. wrap your lights, ground anchors, and you're done. frank
  5. how about some how-to's and instruction/suggestions for newbies on making our own wireforms. would be a very big help. frank
  6. Frank Brunke wrote: sorry but i'm blind. is thread here or another post
  7. here's another newbie!!! going cross-eyed reading all the posts on this site. i have static display for years and am "taking it up a notch". trying to find how-to on making the mega tree and had no luck so far. can anyone point me in the right direction? thanks frank
  8. hey frank - it's frank in ok. thought we were the only ones with wind like that. sorry for the loss. your star interests me. how about a quick how-to on making one. also heard pc had informative chat on making wireforms but unable to locate. any suggestions? thanks frank p.s. if you haven't guessed - i am a newbie looking for help
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