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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 mnapuran

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    Allen (Dallas), Texas, USA
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  1. Just got back with the family from Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. There was a LOR display (wasn't all that impressed, but it was okay), as well as the largest Christmas Tree in Texas... I guess I believe them
  2. Yea, it will be backlit. Will work on it tomorrow some more I believe I will use an oil based stain, and probably do it green as well. And my wood working tools are mostly at my office/shop, not here! Luckilly I still have my miter saw and my small Dewalt contractors saw, and a few of my clamps here Biggest pain is having some stuff here and more stuff there... nothing is ever where you want it, and it's too much $ to buy 2 of everything... let alone space for it all!
  3. Finally started my frame for mine... Here are some pictures: http://mike.napurano.com/album/listpics.asp?dir=HouseLights%5CChristmas%5CListen+To+Sign
  4. Looks good... I got mine done too. I just need to build the "sign". You know, the part that holds the vinyl/plexi I have some nice connections (one of my businesses is cut vinyl), so I paid $20 for mine. I'll probably spend more on the wood
  5. I have the chance to pickup quite a few new brown 15' 16ga brown extension cords (molded ends, etc) for $2/ea. At that price, you can cut them in half and just lengthen them to whatever you need and have a pretty cheap cable. If anyone else is interested.... I can pickup some extras too. Just shoot me a PM
  6. Just an FYI... Home Depot has the green 50' for ~$8.50.... I picked up more of them tonight. Lowes is pulling that 40' crap... shorting you 10' for the same price
  7. Looks good! Yea, I drew mine up in Photoshop. Actually, threw it together kinda quick since I'm behind on decorating this year. Only spent maybe an hour on it total.
  8. I disagree... this kind of post should most certainlly be allowed. There should be a special area on the forum for ANY feedback about vendors. Give everyone information... that includes both positive and negative feedback. We have done this for many years on my car enthusiast web site, and many others.
  9. I picked up a ton of the Home Depot 100 count mini's as they are $2 each. And they are the type where if one fails, the rest supposidly work :}
  10. Let me know how the return goes... as I think I will be returning mine too. Just doesn't work as well as I was hoping. Great for our house alone, but doesn't get far enough outside.
  11. Actually... I have cut the lower rings off the cages, so the 4 remaining vertical supports will stick down into the ground and hold it all in place! Quite simple really. I use 1 100 clear minilight set per tree, plus 1 100 colored (half my trees in green and half in red) minilight set... except for 1 of my trees, which is the center tree in my display... it has 100 clear, 100 green, and 100 red.
  12. The garland above is a nice touch for daytime viewing. Nothin special... but here are a few of mine in the garage last night as I was putting them together. Finished them up this morning though. Not too bad for about $9/ea
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