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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 actually have some plans like you speak of which I would be glad to send you, you can email me for them at [email protected]
  2. I am working on two large displays for outside that will be built outside permanently against buildings. Ihave taken several animated figures and tore them down and rebuilt them with stuff Disney and cartoon figures. This is my first attemt so we will see how it goes this year. My first one has a 5 foot Monster ink and a full display of snow babies around him. The second will be a 6 foot santa and his work shop.
  3. Greg. could you tell me where I can get copies of the past videos? I love to watch this type video for future ideas and they also get me in the mood to start putting my display out each year. I also want a video of 2007. Thanks
  4. Tim, do you by any chance know who I might get in touch with to find out how they did this. Also can't figure out if they used glass or what other material for the see thru front. I have items already to fill 8 of these and I am ancious to get one built.
  5. Thanks but have you advise on how I would do this ventilation in a way that moisture and sand will not get into the box? How do I ventilate this box is my question. Keep in mind that I am a woman so I do not understand these things. Guess I need some help with my plan.
  6. Thank you so much Tom, now I can save my large Snta, my favorite one.
  7. I have lots of blowmolds in my display and have several that have cracked in different places. Does anyone have a way of repairing blowmolds that they can share with me. Also have some missing the nose or buttons. Thanks
  8. I saw this idea on a Christmas Homes video and would like to build one. The idea is a large window in front with a boxed area to light and display things such as the motionette dolls that can only be used inside. My problem is I live in the northwest where it gets cold and I don't know how I can keep the windows from fogging up or from getting ice on them. In the video there were many of these displayed outside in peoples yards. Even some with very expensive store displays. I would appreciate any help you can give me.
  9. Do you know where I could get dvd's of those light shows? I never got to see them and would love to have them.
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