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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. I have the new Gemmy snow globe inflatable from Lowe's that is Frosty the Snowman with the rabbit at the bottom and a big black snowman hat on top. Got the LAST one within 60 miles of where I live after checking online and brought it home, plugged in and no lights. I have over 100 inflatables and have never had one that the lights didn't work. If I take it back I won't get another one...that would be my last resort. ...and I'm not electrically inclined...but wondered if anyone had any advice I could pass on to my husband for things we might do to get the lights going??? I was so excited o
    2. I bought this snowman 2 or 3 years ago at Garden Ridge...LOVE HIM! BUT, his motor is wimpy and went dead so I bought a new motor from yardinflatables and sewed in a "tube" of nylon fabric similar to the inflatable fabric from where his old fan was that would reach the new fan and he worked better than ever last year!!!! woo hoo!
    3. LOVE your elf!!! I'd love to add more elves to my display. Where did you find the face?
    4. I definitely would like to see more cutout pictures!!! I LOVE this santa and reindeer! Fantastic job on painting this! Thanks for sharing.
    5. Thanks for posting!!! That was a great read during my lunch today!!!! Lots of fun to look at.
    6. I'd like to add lifesize nativity cut-outs to my display -- I love your figures deleskie! wow! Did you draw those freehand or where could I find the patterns? That's exactly the detail I've been looking for. I also like the idea of the different stages of the Christmas story. we have a 300' drive that every 30 or 40 feet or so I could put a different part of the story. I think I have my work "cut-out" for me on my Christmas 2011 display!!
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