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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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    About iowasantaclaus

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    • Birthday 03/01/1966

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      Ainsworth, Iowa, USA
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      santa collecting, christmas related anything
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      truck driver/Santa Claus
    1. Got some stuff up at Moms she is really in the Christmas spirit this year. My son and his family are home on leave from Marine Corp. so hope to get most of it done this weekend
    2. How are all the great Iowa Christmas lighters doing? Didnt realize how long I'd been gone.
    3. I can help bounce. Anyone that runs into me is going to bounce, you know with the belly that shook like a bowl of jelly thing going on. LOL
    4. Those are the kind of friends a guy needs a ton of.
    5. May your cake be covered with molds rather then candles.
    6. Did anyone watch American Pickers last night and see the blow molds the first guy they went to had. You had to watch as they panned around the rooms and you would see various blow molds. Wondered if any one else saw the show.
    7. I can tell you forsure Santa Claus is real!!!
    8. We have our eye out for you also. It sure was nice meeting you and your husband on Saturday. We had a great time bsing with you guys. Great people you are. Thanks again for the molds. Couldn't have worked out much better.
    9. That must be common for the king to have a dent in his nose the one I have does and everyone I've seen does. I'm sure there are some out there that don't. Very nice haul. Very nice molds.
    10. Very nice video and a very nice collection.
    11. Just thought I'd see how everyone was handling the snow. Personally I've seen enough. I'll never get my stuff put away it might still be there next year at this rate. Well everyone have a nice day. :-)
    12. Its all the blow molds in that area putting to much pressure on the earth. To keep them safe better start sending to various locations around the country. LOL
    13. Welcome to PlanetChristmas. Grab cup of something to drink and a comfy chair because there is so much to read here. Enjoy
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