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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. If anyone know this (wildcj would probably know the best) but it appears Woodbury is not doing their annual bus tour and lights contest? :confused:
    2. Depending on getting baby sitting arrangements I should be able to make it. 9 month olds seem to play havoc on scheduling. (Hence my absense this year)
    3. I've been so busy I haven't done a thing. Since I'm going lower key this year with everything going on, I'm going for a one day crank out on Sunday.
    4. To better help people can you expand on what items you are looking for?
    5. Tim, Angela and I want to thank you for hosting this, we had a great time. Good food, good company. It's always nice to get ideas for future projects. I loved the wash board and the portable panel that were shown off. -Erik
    6. My wife Angela and I are a possible, currently she's 8 months pregnant and we have several things already on this weekend, so it's really going to depend how tired she is. -Erik
    7. I'd be interested in attending, probably would be bringing the wifey.
    8. Chuck, Since you're so close you can come take my stuff down as I lay on my deathbed
    9. Ours are still on through Saturday, but I've been seriously sick all week (and this was my vacation week!) and haven't gone out and cleared our drive way from the last batch of snow much less think about teardown.
    10. erd

      MN group buy?

      I would be interested depending on how quickly things straighten out here. Not sure if it's gonna happen the way I'm hoping but we'll see.
    11. Merry Christmas to you too Lee. I know we both had some downs this season for one reason or another but I think we'll both pull through them and go on to the next big thing. Erik
    12. Same thing here, before all this happened we were looking at what we'd like to pick up on clearance (Extension cords that target is selling come to mind). But none of that now.
    13. Well I decided to keep things running. Thanks to all the words of encouragement. We'll get through this someway somehow.
    14. My other hobby is collecting pinball machines, sometimes on an older game the paint starts to delaminate from the backglass. We typically use this and it's worked fine. Yellowing isn't a good thing. http://www.krylon.com/products/triplethick_crystal_clear_glaze/ Other than that possible a water based urethane "Varathane" comes to mind.
    15. Holy Lights Batman! That's incredible. I wish I had the time and the patience to do even one of those. Steve, Truly a great job with those!
    16. She's been doing general office support (admin assistant type stuff) she has her green belt for some six sigma thing, I'm unsure on what that is but I've heard the term more than once.
    17. It's all about the concern for money but I'm not looking for donations of any kind nor would I accept them. The concern is fear of becoming another statistic and losing the house.
    18. I'm thinking of turning off my display early this year, possibly before christmas. My wife found out yesterday that she's losing her job as of Friday. So now we're trying to figure things out as far as getting by and I'm just frustrated and gloom and doom, just generally have a case of the why bother... :-/
    19. erd

      Melting snow

      Yep, that's what Im thinking. I'll just nurse it along for the rest of the season at this point with everything that went wrong yesterday (not just with the display) It's all downhill from here.
    20. erd

      Melting snow

      I took a pretty bad hit last night, One of my inflatables clear plastic cracked from the combo of the ice/wind last night. Luckily it's in the back but it just doesn't look right. With as cold as it is I can't fix it at the moment.
    21. erd

      Melting snow

      My display is up and running, the snowcone stand is getting batted around by the wind but I think it will be okay. I'm almost considering leaving it run all night. Have to wait and see how it goes.
    22. erd

      Melting snow

      They got confused because I think some people on the bus were um....simple folk yeah that's it. And it wasn't even the driveway portion. They thought the BACK of the house was a separate display Went to 15 houses all together.
    23. erd

      Melting snow

      We were on a bus that rolled through oh maybe 8 pm or so? There were some people walking up your driveway at the time. Definitely had a good time, although there are some people on the bus that got confused and thought your display was two houses....how that's figured out is beyond me. LOL
    24. That's absolutely right Tim. When the MOA first opened and we first went there, it had tons of unique stores and it basically became an all day event to get through it all. Now it's just another mall with 5 Victoria Secrets 3 Gaps and 25 Chinese food places.
    25. That's sad to hear, though with the Ch 11 filing that came up recently by their parent company I'm not surprised. One more sign of the times.
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