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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. Thank you everyone for your input. It looks like I have some hunting to do to find the right set for me. In case you are interested this chapel is a scaled down version of the on one stage at waterside theater in Manteo, NC for the production of The Lost Colony.
    2. Last Christmas I built this Chapel for a parade float. This year I was thinking of using the chapel for a nativity set. The picture shows the parade version, the nativity version will be plain, sans the cross, altar and garland. It is 8 feet wide, and 12 feet tall. Please recommend some nativity pieces, blow mold or not, to fill up this set piece. Thank you if advance!
    3. Voted,and shared with friends. Good luck, Merry Christmas and thank you for spreading holiday cheer.
    4. $400.00 dollars for a mail box? What the heck was it made out of?
    5. try putting thick rubber bands on the pulleys. It may just give you the friction you need.
    6. I would like to see more singing pimpkin projections than window projections! That is a good list to work from! This year Im using this DVD and would be very interested in yours too for future use. http://youtu.be/Gql-RKM602c
    7. Its just a leg lamp, I read the post as a KEG lamp, I'm dissapointed.
    8. If anyone wants to send a few thunder sound clips my way, I would appreciate it!
    9. Another reason why I choose not to shop at Wal Mart. How sad and tragic. I have a question for those who were out and about early shopping at any walmart, Did you see security there, and I dont mean on duty police that responded to calls. Did Wal mart provide security or any crowd control at all? You can bet they had security to make sure they caught theives, but I'll guess they provided little or no crowd control. Should they be held liable for such, yes! They create the frenzy inviting everyone to come and then do not do enough to control the crowd they invited.
    10. Today, I was at an exposition for the amusement industry, and among the theme park goodies was a christmas lights booth. It was for Trim it quick lighting, and I took some pics and wanted to share them here. The people were very nice and were not aware of our light community here,and had LEDS and incandescents with several differnet types of wire colors. They also have a site. http://www.trimitquick.com/ What do yall think of using these to help speed up the process?
    11. How many times has the fire marshall dropped by?
    12. Frank, I'm sure glad he made the trip to you safely, and no, it never occurred to me to look in the box. The original tag, that is just icing on the cake. Any idea on how old he is? I'll keep my eye out for any other finds that might make you collectors happy!
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