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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. Well, I haven't made a video yet and my haven't posted 2016 Halloween yet., so I figured I'd go with 2016 Xams
  2. I have used a number of different things, weight plates work best and they can't really be seen when people are looking. I have also used sand bags as in the picture attached. You can also make a wood platform and weigh that down with sand bags then secure the inflatable to that
  3. Great Deals, mine were already sold out probably because I bought a few at 50% off, but the two closest were all out
  4. Thanks, at some point some will surface on Ebay or Walmart US next year
  5. Anybody, still trying to get the Disney snowball fight scene from walmart Ca
  6. OK Looking for a Canadian Member do do some inflatable shopping for me, if there is anyone out there please let me know. Need items from Walmart Canada and Canadian Tire
  7. Just took one out of the box yesterday brand new that I purchased a while back, one of the wires was not connected, take a look inside you never know
  8. Just find a store closest to you that has it in stock and do a phone order, that's what I do to get Menards items
  9. OK we can Check Home Depot and the Reindeer Stable from Walmart, all my other walmart ones will be bought online so I don't lose my receipt. CAn someone help me out here as I don't remember and cant find a picture from 2012, but was the whack a Penguin from last year? I know the one Igloo home depot is selling is from last year but how about this one? Also one more thing, who's in Canada need a Canadian shopper.
  10. You guys are way to efficient, I never have a chance to test out my inflatables after purchase. These look great though, will finish Halloween this weekend and then time to start Xmas. Home Depot is next on the checklist
  11. OK Finally hit Lowes Sunday Gingerbread house check Hippie Van check Fire Truck check (damn dalmation) Frosty Globe check Minnie House check Grandma Run over by a Reindeer check Rudolph check 4 Bags of Mulch check 10% Off Coupon check 18 Months No interest financing check
  12. Not sure only saw it at Menards, if you can't order it online, just call a store and have them ship it to you. Menards is great wish we had them here in Jersey
  13. All the ones you said were on Kmarts site, which usually means Sears as well. Be carefull of the Kmart site though as sometimes prices are jacked up because other wholesalers are listed on their site.
  14. OK here are a few more recent Xmas inflatables that I think everyone may enjoy, of course these are my personal likes. So far of the Mass Retailers, Walmart, Kmart, Sears and Depot have posted Xmas inflatables. I keep checking Menards and have not found Halloween or Xmas yet, as I usually have them ship me things as we do not have them. Finally you have Yard Inflatables that also has a great selection, he has the Bumble Sleigh cheaper than Depot and it does not appear on Kmarts sight any longer.
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