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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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  1. correction, it was a toy soldier
  2. my 20-something daughter, who's grown up with my decorating, was watching "Sharknado" the other day and excitedly told me "there's a drummer boy blow mold just like ours sitting out in the street" I was pleased she noticed I was surfing, not watching it, don't care for all that blood, but I could hear it. If anyone cares enough to look for it, it was about when they got out to look at the school bus (I think)
  3. I read a whole lot more than I post, but thought of you all yesterday. It's a museum, try not to cry at the "prices" www.NationalChristmasCenter.com ~ Donna
  4. I don't think he weighs much, but he'd have to go cross-country...poor little guy
  5. I'd love to give him a home, except I'm afraid the shipping would be a bit much... So, how much would it be to 17109 please? thanks, ~ Donna
  6. i wondered about him! (the huge camel) his price is usually up there too - maybe I'll skip him and try getting the TPI donkey, and standing shepherd and drummer boy.....
  7. WOW! I think the horn angels are very sweet and your whole display is amazing. I really liked the swirl tree too. ~ Donna
  8. Jim, Thanks! I didn't want the large camel ending up next to his mini-me like he did, but he can sure carry more stuff for the kings Are you getting the red-white-and blue-ish camel? Is that the same size as the large one or is it even bigger? I'm not as much worried here about sun damage as the tent-like stable caving in from freezing rain. ~ Donna
  9. Here's Carrie's extra star - up on my roof! Thanks again, Carrie! The stable is just a quick, thrown-together thing for this year and hopefully that dark area to the left, that's the front porch, will get done tomorrow...
  10. http://www.thedenverchannel.com/holidays/18243692/detail.html?rss=den&psp=irresistible#-
  11. just got one at my local K-Mart , they still have 3 left
  12. I got some of these to try in a sidewalk tree so I won't have to run a cord - they're small and really only one-directional but very bright -and Linens and Things almost always has a 20% coupon special running. http://www.lnt.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2859239
  13. I use binder clips, pretty cheap by the large box at any office supply store - can reuse most of them too
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