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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.

degadee

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About degadee

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  • Birthday 03/27/1964

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    Hernando, Mississippi, USA
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    I'm a full time mother of 3 and grandmother to 1. I restore vintage dolls and decorate cakes. I love, love, love Christmas especially lights! I get excited in August, 'cuz I know it will soon be time to hang lights!!!
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    Anything Christmas!!
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    Internet doll sales/cake decorator

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  1. I was looking through Goodwill auctions and saw these, thought someone local might want to check them out! They are in Springfield, IL http://www.shopgoodw...a&showthumbs=on
  2. I'm sorry, the sale is being put on hold temporarily.... My best friend had a massive heart attack yesterday, so I'm spending a lot of time at the hospital with her. I will get back to all those who have expressed interest as soon as I'm able. Thanks, Dee
  3. Hi guys, After a recent move, we have decided that our display won't work too well on our new lot. So, we have decided to pass it on to someone who can enjoy it rather than it being in storage. We have 5 (16 channel) LOR controllers, 55+ Christmas Done Bright Wireframes, FM transmitter, numerous boxes of new lights, tons of used lights, 20+ mini trees, 70+ extension cords, 2 Rope Light Candy Canes, 2 Leaping arches (blue LED) a few wooden cutouts, etc. For those of you attending Expo the end of the month, we are 30 miles south of Memphis, so could easily meet you there on your way through. Also might be willing to meet in Nashville, if you wanted several items. Some can be shipped. The wireframe list is as follows: 3 Singing Carolers + 2 lamp posts 4 Ice Skaters (Man, Woman, boy, girl) 3 Swaying Pine trees (2 4ft 1 6ft) Santa Fishing (animated) + Cattails Fish Jumping (animated) Frogs Leaping (animated) Turtle on Log Big Snowman 3 Snowmen set 3 Bears set Santa with his arm around Rudolph 4 sided tree + trike + Jack in the Box 2 Toy Soldiers 4 piece Gingerbread kids on Trampoline (animated) 2 of the 3 stacked presents 3 Candles Santa on Tractor + Elf in Wagon Santa in Model A Truck (animated) Santa in Sleigh w/Reindeer (non animated) 4 Car Train (non animated) American Flag (needs new lights) Large Wreath with Bow (no lights) The controllers are 200 each, the wireframes are 50-60% off retail, OBO, and yes we will make you a deal if you take it all...LOL PM me with any questions, and I'll try to get some pix done as well. Hope you all have a grand time at Expo and safe travels to you!
  4. We will not be able to make it. We thought that it was agreed at last year's mini to leave it in September, middle of August is the worst possible time. We are trying to get kids back in school and off to college that weekend. I guess we will try to make it to Chicago for regional Labor Day weekend.
  5. I'm parting with them all. Hubby is not a fan of them, we focus more on wireframes and light show. There are 31 of them and in addition, I have some small ones not pictured that I'm sending with these. I want to sell them as a lot, so pickup only. $250 I thought $8 a piece average, does that sound fair? The small ones are not figured into this. All can be viewed at: http://s197.photobucket.com/albums/aa177/degadee/Blowmolds/?start=all
  6. i am where did u get your fm transmitter and how you did your mega tree

  7. We are shooting for Thursday night...hope to do a test run tomorrow night. Mega tree is up finishing a few last items and then get everything placed in the yard. Gonna be really busy tomorrow...hopefully it won't rain!
  8. Good here...for a lot done yesterday almost through with the house goona work on setup in yard today and tomorrow hopefully do a test run tomorrow night

  9. How is everything going in north Mississippi? I've had a couple of good days of decorating. I still have about 6 days of work to go. But I'm gettin there.

  10. Kerry is going to try to get off work one day this week so we can get more done, we are shooting for light up Thanksgiving night. One of our neighbors already has his on...all white loghts, just the railing, wreaths and a couple of crype myrtle trees....nothing major (LOL)
  11. Bro. Larry....how was your trip? Did you eat at the Stray Dog BBQ?????? LOL
  12. Making progress...got the top of the house done, Kerry had fun in the bucket. I've gotten all 52 pieces of Christmas Done Bright reworked, replaced bulbs, straightening, etc. Part of the columns are done...plenty more to do LOL
  13. We have been fighting bronchitis as well, but better now. Kerry is trying to finish up sequences and I have been checking broken/bad bulbs on the 52 pieces of Christmas Done Bright that we bought. We will start hanging lights this coming weekend. I talked to Gabe in Southaven yesterday, he says he's keeping his display small this year for quick tear down due to them moving 2nd week in January.
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