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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 sue_blue

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  • Birthday 12/25/1970

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    North Carolina, USA
  • Biography
    I'm a mother to three children. I was born on Christmas day. Growing up during the Christmas season I was the one decorating the tree and the house. I remember my first homemade Christmas decoration I made it was a Christmas wreath made out of sandwich bags and a clothes hanger.
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    my kids, animals, painting, drawing, graphics, and gardening
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    work from home
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  1. sue_blue

    Question

    Thank you all for the information. The frame that I have is 14'. I would like to add a mega tree this year to put some pizzazz in my Christmas decorating.
  2. sue_blue

    Question

    First just let me say hello to y'all fine people, I hope all is doing well. Now to my question. I have a used round trampoline frame that I was thinking about turning it into a mega tree. Is there anyway I could do that? Now mind you my hubby put me on a budget this year. Thanks!
  3. I went with the bell sign. The bell sign to me is more of a eye-catcher with the colors.
  4. Nice looking bird there. Thanks for the how-to recipe. I have done the deep fried and the traditional way. I haven't tried this type of method before. If my mind doesn't change I might give this a whirl.
  5. I can not really say what cause this problem, but I have a Gemmy red carousel that done the same thing last year. You could not tell who was who the way their where so twisted around each other. I felt like pulling my hair out trying to get them untwisted.
  6. We have had both. We prefer artificial. One less thing you have to worry about buying during the holiday season. My kids really enjoy putting up our tree and decorating it.
  7. All I know them by is seven layer bars. When my dad pastored a church in Whitman WV. They made them when they would have their dinners.
  8. I have a question which one is better the Mr. Christmas or the Holiday Lightshow?
  9. I have a 4' santa and snowman that does have the tethers and I use them outside in my display with no problems. Though we haven't had a lot of snow where I live for quite sometime now, but we do have freezing rain.
  10. Are they easy to hang? I am going to the Family Dollar near me today to get a few things I'll have to see if they have any.
  11. I know my gemmy 6' animated carousel takes a 5 Amp, 125V fuse. The light bulb is C-7, 7W. Same type of light bulb for my 8' snowman and my 8' santa, but don't know about the fuse.
  12. sue_blue

    Hanging Spheres

    I thought this was a neat how-to idea using christmas lights http://www.homeofthesampler.com/howtos/stylishcrafts.html
  13. I have never repaired any type of plaster cast figure before. This site might be of some help http://www.plaster.com/index.html.
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