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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.

fireman5214

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About fireman5214

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  • Birthday 03/28/1985

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    http://www.rephswinterwonderland.webs.com
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  • My favorite Christmas story
    None come to mind.
  • Location
    Nazareth, Pennsylvania
  • Biography
    I am 30 and from Nazareth Pa.
  • Interests
    Model Railroading, weather watching, going to carnivals & fairs along with producing my own with lego models.
  • Occupation
    work from home/internet related, volunteer firefighter
  • About my display
    25 inflatables , 6 arches over the driveway, 32 channels of LOR, 14' snowman, and 15' tree on side of the house. Many animated items as well.

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  1. Where is the PVC built part of the DIY section of the forums? I looked everywhere and can't find it.😠
  2. thanks for the updates! I have passed the news along!
  3. fireman5214

    Lighted Wire?

    Hello all, I have a friend in the phillipines that asked me what EL wires were and if it was worth the money to buy these. They look like the glow necklaces but run off electric. What do you think? Here is the link: http://www.sulit.com.ph/index.php/view+classifieds/id/24576291/CHRISTMAS+LIGHTS,+EL+WIRES+10+METERS+WITH+ADAPTOR+%26+INVERTER?referralKeywords=christmas+lights&event=Search+Ranking,Position,1-1,1#advertisementDetails
  4. Mack trucks has revealed their 2013 National Christmas Tree truck design. http://www.macktrucks.com/default.aspx?pageid=10235
  5. thanks Darlene! Wish my Michaels had their outdoor stuff out, all that is done is indoor Christmas and outdoor halloween
  6. Where is a good place to buy a geared pulley or large gears to make a rotating item for a santa tracker? I have been looking on ebay with limited luck, I either find a gear and belt or a belt or a small gear alone
  7. I wish we had a Menards in Eastern PA or Western NJ, but none are even close and I so want the train as I am a railfan!
  8. great just signed up! I love them but they never fit my budget because I am always adding LED lights lol
  9. While my mom was looking around for carrot noses for our new snowman project, she came upon this site. It might be good for someone who uses a lot of props. They even have cookies and milk for Santa, if you make a lifesize santa scene. Check it out http://www.decorcentral.com/
  10. 8-29 to 9-2 2013 Lowes is having their overhead storage units on sale. .http://www.lowes.com/pd_186958-46882-45577PKDLG_?productId=3339658&site=shopLocal
  11. A new christmas display locator has been started, I was referred by Darrel Moyer and not sure how he found it. I had a problem uploading so I contacted them via FB and they stated this to me: LocateTheLights.com Sorry. It might be an issue with the plugin for the form that I wasn't aware of. If you share the site, please suggest they email their information if that's easier. Thanks again! Looking forward to seeing your display! We will email you back with the link when it's added. Please email all your information, address, photos, details to [email protected] http://www.locatethelights.com/
  12. General Electric is having a gingerbread contest via baking a train locomotive or using photoshop. You can check out the link here: http://www.facebook.com/GETransportation for details. I have a friend who is a professional artist (if you are a railfan you know him) Andrew Fletcher who drew all 20 of Norfolk Southern's heritage fleet that debuted from March to June 2012. Here is Andrew's submission he drew between 4-9pm and his status on facebook... Andrew Fletcher I mentioned earlier today that the GE Transportation page is having a contest for people to make a gingerbread locomotive by baking or photoshopping, I can do either so today I drew a gingerbread ES44AC. If you bake or do photoshop, check out their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/GETransportation or Twitter and enter the contest. And for the work he did for Norfolk Southern here is the link: http://www.nscorp.com/nscportal/nscorp/Community/Heritage%20Locomotives/ Hope you enjoy his hand drawn locomotive attached here and his other work that came to life!
  13. ok so we are doing last years list? Confirmed? @ Darlene
  14. i just want my light up deer to walk out in the yard like they do on there. I have 15 of them, it would make my life so much easier!
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