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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. Almost done with lights here; got more decorations/lights to put up this weekend and then the wiring process begins. Suppose to be nice this weekend. Look forward to come seeing your display when its finished. Nick
  2. I drove an hour and fifteen minutes today to go to Vinnie's garden and showplace center in Wallingford CT. Was very disappointed. False advertising at its best. Prices were redicously expensive. Did not know where anything was up their and found a Big Lots Store. Winner winnner. Great selection of decorations and lights. Went from a bad trip to a trip worth the drive.
  3. Also got 2 blowups I am looking to trade. 1st is a snowman in the globe w/ snow blowing all around it; (works perfectly fine; only used 1 season. 2nd is Santa's workshop which was sold at Home Depot for 1 season. Blow up house with 2 separate viewing windows; (1 has a soldier that lights up and other window has a christmas tree that spins with a snowman in it) Used only 1 season; everything on it works perfectly. Located next 2 Mohegan Sun Casino. No longer using blowups in display.
  4. Glad to see that the christmas spirit has begun and "It's beginning to look alot like Christmas" Welcome to the forum Tim Keep telling myself that i am going to come see u house every year Chris
  5. Got 2 blowups I am looking to trade. 1st is a snowman in the globe w/ snow blowing all around it; (works perfectly fine; only used 1 season. 2nd is Santa's workshop which was sold at Home Depot for 1 season. Blow up house with 2 seperate viewing windows; (1 has a soldier that lights up and other window has a christmas tree that spins with a snowman in it) Used only 1 season; everything on it works perfectly. Both located in CT. Would like to get something different and unique in trade. No longer using blowups due to harsh winter weather we get up north. Post trade offers and will get back 2 u.
  6. saw those at the fair here. Thy want to much for them. like $700 or so i think they said
  7. Wanted to see if anyone else started to decorate for the Christmas season yet? Just started and neighbors are beginnning to buzz about what is gonna be the new item this year. Wanted to see if anyone else is as nuts as i am. lol
  8. No, I have not stepped it up to an animated show. here are some pics of the game;
  9. Was reasonally told about/went and picked up a gigantic slingo (game on "The Price is Right" where u drop oval shaped pucks down and they bounce off different boards in the way till it reached the bottom) for free. Its basically brand new and still in its natural wood finish. My idea was to make a motorized mail box holder for the kids to put letters in for santa. Open to other ideas, either big or small. Will try and post pics up tmrrw; wrk 3rd shift so, usually sleep all day (reason i have not been on here in quite awhile) Thanks Nick
  10. Do not know if i can make it this weekend but would love to come and see your lights someother time if its possible. I have heard great things and would like 2 see it in person. Thanks Nick Would love 2 exchange decorating ideas.

  11. Hey...:-) We d a lightshow Dec 5th forth food bank of New London...welcome to attend, watch my wbsite www.haleychristmas.com

  12. Who said I was offing him. That's what he called himself when i originally bought it from him. Had a 3 hr talk with gentlemen about decorating.
  13. The shipping crate weighs somewhere around 40 lbs. give or take a few lbs. Shipping would be from 06360 so u can decide what would be the best way 2 ship it for u. Any other questions, please ask.
  14. Any interest? Would like to see it get used this Christmas.
  15. No one in CT or New England is interested? Would like 2 see it get used this year by someone if possible. Almost time to start decorating
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