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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 Dub

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  • Birthday 05/19/1952

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  • Location
    Loretto, Tennessee, USA
  • Interests
    collecting nutcrackers
  • Occupation
    Loretto Hardware owner
  1. Thanks everyone for your kind words and prayers. In times like these what more could one ask for but friends like you . DUB
  2. Not for sure if this is where I should be writing this. My Mom passed away January 31st, 2009. Five weeks and two days later on March 9th, 2009 my Dad passed away. Mom was 87 and Dad was 90. They were married for 63 years. I have never been married so I have lived at home with them for 56 years. They both died at home. This was the last thing my sister and me could do for them. My Dad was in bed for over four years with alzheimers, and my Mom had it for about two years. A mean and cruel disease to say the least. I am trying to cope with the reality that I can now leave the house without someone first coming to stay with them. Please keep me in your prayers as the next days and weeks will be lonesome and quiet. Thanks to all my planet christmas friends for your thoughts and prayers. DUB
  3. Very interesting, I'm Catholic too. DUB
  4. I have a large Nativity scene in the front window of my hardware store. It takes up the whole window. Stable, straw, star, blinking llights for stars, the whole nine yards. I get a lot of complements on it. I am very proud of it and the meaning it holds in my heart. DUB
  5. Would again like to sign up for the Christmas card exchange this year. Who do I see or what do I do. DUB
  6. Welcome. Good job on Nativity. I made this set when it first came out at Winfield. It is one of the most beautiful Nativity scenes I have ever seen. At night with spotlights on it will make you so proud. What part of Alabama are you in. I'm right across the line in Tennessee, a little town called Loretto, about twenty six miles north of Florence. Keep up the good work, and will look forward talking to you. DUB
  7. Dub

    Shutter Wrap

    Sure would like to have about five or six sets of the soldier shutter wraps. How do I go about purchasing them if you still have them. Thanks DUB
  8. How can you have a train or a snowman in your display and not have a Santa Claus. I somehow missed something here. I also think the Nativity should be the main attraction in a Christmas display. What about all the dancing lights and the music you have to turn a radio to a certain channel to listen to. That is about as religious as you can get . If anyone wants to show their true feeling about Jesus is the Reason, turn out all the lights on the house, and cut off all music. Put a old time 150 watt spotlight on Baby Jesus in your Nativity. Go out to the road and look at your display now. That is about as close to the night that Jesus was born as you are going to get. But I guess if we all did that the economy would falter and it would be us Christmas fanatics to blame. Just my one cent worth. Thanks. DUB
  9. I have made some items out of that Nativity. You will really enjoy it. Also took some pieces from the winfield nativity and kind of mixed them together for a different effect. The more animals, shepherds, and wise men gathered around the stable, to me, is the most beautifulest site to behold. DUB
  10. Got some stuff I fixed around twenty years ago. Beautiful posters. Some of mine faded because back then I didn't know how to weather proof them. An easy and fast way to fix some cut outs. DUB
  11. That's great Mike. Let us know when you have them. Been hunting a grinch and who people for years. Thanks. DUB
  12. Anyone know where to find some life size Mr. Grinch patterns to trace and cut out of plywood. I've found some in some coloring books. I've mentioned a request to Winfield and Sherwood to add it to their patterns but with no results. Any help appreciated. DUB
  13. Thanks Scott for the kind words and the encouragement. Your reply is greatly appreciated and accepted. I , too can tell where your heart is by the way you express yourself about the Nativity and Wisemen. Thanks again for your knowledge, and I may be asking your opinion on things in the future. Thanks friend. DUB
  14. I was recently in Wal-mart walking around when I came across some poster pictures ona end display. I found a picture entitled Adoration of the Magi. This grabbed my attention. It shows the Holy Family surrounded by between thirty five and forty visitors, all paying homage to the Christ Child. Several horses are also in the picture. This is how I would like to display my Manger scene. Lots of people, not necessarily wise men, but a whole field of vistiors, and animals.To me the larger the Nativity scene is the more it will stand out to people going by and looking. A lot of clear lights on trees and bushes in the background is also in my plans. I want people to say have you seen Dub's Nativity scene instead of have you seen Dub' lights flashing on the house. That's my two cents worth and I appreciate everyones feedback . All comments welcome. Thanks. DUB
  15. Better watch, before long she will be using the strings of lights as clothes line wire to hang clothes on to dry. Next she will wanting to vote.:laughing: DUB
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