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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.

Paul Glancy

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Paul Glancy last won the day on May 21 2018

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About Paul Glancy

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  • Birthday 08/11/1947

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Roses are reddish violets are blueish if it weren't for Christmas we all be Jewish.
  • Location
    Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA
  • Occupation
    baker

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  1. Thank you Frank and Andy for putting this together. The last Mini at Franktronics was the best ever. I would like to bring my singing angels if that OK. Also I will bring my wife some cupcakes, brownies and potato salad. See everyone in May. Paul
  2. The food was great as always and thank you Andy and Matt for hosting this Va. mini once again. See everyone next year.
  3. See you May 19th with cup cakes, brownies and potato salad. William you are more than welcome to bring your wife and stay with me if you wish. I live 45 minutes from Ashland.
  4. William, I met you last summer in Tenn. at Christmas EXPO where you were teaching a class on over the top displays. I am the one who asked the question what did your new wife think of your massive hobby. I got a good laugh. I have followed you from Christmas Carolina to your giant Park display for the fire dept. and your talent and imagination is unbelievable.. There are about 20-25 of us who have been meeting in Ashland Va. and Richmond Va. for the last four years. Matt has been renting for 5 dollars a person a private school gym just off I-95 in Ashland. Every year we look for new opportunity to find a new host. We have had three members compete and two members win the great Christmas Light Fight. Most members drive less than two and one half hours We all bring food ,enjoy a great lunch share a few videos give some big hugs and by four we are heading for home. I worry that you are over four hours west from central Va .William you are more than welcome to stay with me in Fredericksburg if you come to Ashland. Andy I am hoping i haven't chased William back to NC.
  5. MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone on Planet Christmas and especially in Virginia.
  6. Merry Christmas everyone. Paul
  7. I am pretty sure that there is one light per inch. It is easy to check pull out a yard stick and see. Good luck. Paul
  8. Beautiful job Andy. I love it. Paul
  9. Andy ,Al and everyone who attended the Va. mini thank you all. The food, friendship and knowledge was as good as it gets. We may not have a large group of people but Al's church was the perfect location and he was a great hoast . Until next year happy decorating. Paul
  10. andy, I just wanted to confirm that Noel and I will be coming Sat. I will bring potatoe salad like last year. Also cup cakes and cookies maybe brownies. See everyone around 11:15 Sat..
  11. Noel and I will be there from Fredericksburg. Thank you Al for finally bringing the mini to the Richmond area. We really missed you at Franks last year. I'll be watching to see what kind of food ot bring. Happy New Year everyone and I'll see you in May.
  12. Thank you Frank for your brillant expertice and your friendly hospitally. The Va. MINI was a great success and the number of people was better than I would have ever expected. A fun time was had by all and the food was good too. Mona thank you for coming all the way from Florida. We love you in Va. and hope you'll come back home to us. Frank thank you for our disc. Now I have my movation back and I can start getting reddy for next year. I know I talk very little on this forum so until next year happy decorating.
  13. Noel and I will be there. I can bring cupcakes and brownies or maybe some other desert of your choice. Also how about some homemade potato salad . That is one of my former deli's speciallity's.
  14. I'm happy to standby as possible mini site in Fredericksburg and see if Frank in Gloucester will share his expertise on LOR with us again or waite and see if anyone else will help us stay sharing with one another.
  15. teager2336 You are looking on the 2011 thread. Go to and watch the 2012 thread.
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