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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 Kristal

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    • Birthday 02/18/1968

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    • Location
      Richmond, Virginia, USA
    • Biography
      40-years old, committed relationship, 2 German Shepherds, 1 Lhasa Apso, 1 cat. PS3 nut. :)
    • Interests
      Lights, lights, & more lights. :) Jewelry designer on the side, but currently not doing shows due to the darned herniated disc. Currently working with Last Hope Safe Haven German Shepherd Rescue: http://LastHopeSafeHaven.com.
    • Occupation
      Project Manager
    • About my display
      Lighting it up since 2000!

      2006: 12,000 lights-static display. My first year back from the divorce hiatus and the loss of about 20,000 lights. Rotten ex-husband threw out my blowmold Santa/Sleigh & reindeer. :-P

      2007: Bought CaptainRobRats lights, and had 40,000 this year, plus lighted up a "Peace On Earth" wireframe from Lori's. Made the local Tacky Tour (40K light minimum) for the first time since the hiatus.

      2008: Shooting for 50,000 this year-all static. Still searching for my blowmold. Added about 1000 LEDs, too. New "Santa's Landing Strip" planned in the driveway using hardware cloth & ropelight.
    1. Sorry, David, but at this time everything is already gone or spoken for!
    2. Bill, That would be just awesome! We really throw down with the food when we do setup, you would be most welcome-especially since I can't get on a ladder anymore! And what a generous offer-especially with you having to get done super-early for HGTV...are you going to have to take up all your ground displays to mow, too? Ouch... Hugs,
    3. Thanks to all of you, most of it is sold, except for the lights themselves, and Snoop & Crystal are going to get the rest. There is good news, though-I got to keep some of my stuff-my new rental is wired for lights (HOORAY!) and my friends are going to help me set SOME stuff up this year, so Christmas will go on, just reduced-quite a bit, but the show will go on! Bless you all for you kind thoughts, prayers, words and deeds!
    4. Due to things moving more quickly than I could have expected, I need to sell as much of this as i can locally by this weekend, so if you are in Virginia or are close, I'm having an open house/estate/yard sale on Saturday and Sunday this weekend at 2017 Ginter Street, Henrico, VA 23228. Send me a PM if you want to call and make sure we have anything left. Sorry to the out-of-towners, but the bank is closing in and I can't physically ship this stuff as I had originally planned-I fell again this week and have been in bed for the last day or so. Most of what I have are mini-lights. c9's and blowmo
    5. Kristal, Just want to wish you the best and that I'll put you in my prayers. I can only imagine how hard it must be selling your Christmas display . . . I became disabled in 2002 and I've thought my display was one of my saving graces. Another reason I should feel blessed. Cindy

    6. Thank you all so VERY much!! Due to the literal flood of emails and PM's, I'll be posting the full inventory here. I have a couple friends who are supposed to be getting everything down from the attic today, and it will take a few days to go through everything and get accurate counts and pictures. *grin* I have 10' ceilings, a hatch with no stairs and a broken back, so I need some help getting all that stuff down! I never expected to get such a huge response-I was afraid due to the literal HUGE amount of stuff that no one would be interested. It's killing me to sell Christmas, but I f
    7. Thanks, Mike & AI I have a friend coming this weekend who is going to empty the attic for me so I can get some pics and counts, I'll post everything when I get the lists completed. Thank you all for being so supportive-it's so hard for me to sell my Christmas.
    8. Thanks, Bill-it's been a really tough decision, and a really stressful past year. I kinda feel like I'm losing my Christmas, but I'll always have Christmas in my heart. Bless you for your prayers!
    9. Please check this thread: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php?p=361792#post361792 Unfortunately, I have to sell out due to personal circumstances. Take a look to see if there's anything you may be interested in! Thanks,
    10. Due to health circumstances, I'm finding myself forced to sell my entire setup in order to pay bills, and i just want to put some feelers out to see if there is any interest. If there is, I can get more of a complete count of what I have-most if it is stored in my attic and inaccessible without outside assistance. Email me with your addy of interested and I can send some pics of my setup so you have some idea of what's included. I'm looking to sell it all-inclusive if possible, as I may be losing my home due to disability and job-loss. Not looking for sympathy, just want to try to make enough
    11. Bill & Roger, You guys are killing me! I can't go, but I saved up some money just in case, and I'm going to miss the molds...AND I need multifunctions and blue icicles! ...sigh... Next year. I'm dreaming of Christmas-only 5 months until setup!
    12. I have been putting off posting because I was unsure if I would be able to attend, and I have to miss it again this year. My back/hip injury is not cooperating, and my physical therapist told me that I would be making a painful mistake if I drove/sat/stood for an extended period. Please take lots of pictures! I'll be thinking of all of you on Saturday!
    13. I do the same thing. I cleaned my Lowes out of GE red LED minis this morning-red was all they had left. I'm going downtown in a bit to see what the Lowes there has, and I'll probably get luckier.
    14. Walmart in our area never lowers their prices on lights until the week after Christmas. I stopped by this morning, and their minis are still $2.39/box. So I went on over to Lowes and got a case of red LED minis for $4/box, 20 lighted candycanes for $1.30 each, and a bunch of other stuff. They still have loads of incandescent minis left. You may want to travel a bit to check out some more Lowes stores-there are 4 more in our area that are within an hours' drive, but I don't know if any more are near you! My Lowes still had all of the colors left, but no whites.
    15. Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow. Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow. Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow.Wow. WOW! Now I'm ruined for life...now that I'll know all of the blowmolds that I DON'T have.
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