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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.

    Annette1990

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    About Annette1990

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    1. I've looked in a few ornament collectible books I have and didn't see anything like this. I have other books that are in storage and will look at them and see what I can come up with.
    2. Nice find!! I "borrowed" this picture from the internet. I'm at my brothers and not on my pc. Anyhow...I went thrift storing today and got this blow mold for 50 cents... =)
    3. I really like your display....very creative you are. Thanks for sharing the pictures. =)
    4. I like it!! Here is one I seen in a parking lot last year while out shopping. I used my cell to snap a quick picture. =)
    5. Was browsing a Walter Drake catalog this evening and the last two pages had Christmas cards. I also see that LTD commodities has their Harvest Catalog online right now too!
    6. I got my daughter this one year for Christmas. I purchased it at Costco. It also came with the solar system mobile. They came with remotes and also dvd's. Great educational toy. Both are made by Uncle Milton.
    7. Haven't signed in for ages. Just wanted to say hi to all my Christmas friends. Hope everyone is doing well. =)
    8. Hi Sunshine would love to see your "Mickey Collection"

    9. Those do look very professional. Great job! Could you do me a Mickey Mouse? =) *L
    10. That is a fantastic idea. Not to many on my block decorated this year. I should try this idea sometime. =)
    11. Looks great! I like the airblown "figures" but here in Montana with our weather they don't work so great. To cold, to much snow, wind etc. I opt for blowmolds myself since they stand up a alot better for my area. Otherwise I would have a ton of airblowns. =)
    12. I love this show and agree that yes they do help many families in need. I also agree with some of you that some of the homes haven't been taken care of and some even lost their homes due to not making their payments. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/28/AR2008072802587.html http://blogs.wsj.com/developments/2008/12/09/yet-another-extreme-makeover-home-may-face-foreclosure/?mod=googlenews_wsj
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