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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.

    Dave Johnson

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      I've been on this board now for maybe 10 years.
      I once posted quite frequently, but got tired of some things so I changed my I.D. and pretty much just lurk now . . .
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      currently getting a return rate of 6%
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      my hobby is my job & my job is my hobby
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      It is lit annually
    1. Since Sears owns Kmart now, is there a difference in their inventory or do they both stock the same items? I'm just looking for advice on this subject to see if I can save a trip to one of these stores. Moderator: I didn't know which forum to place this post, so if you'd like to move elsewhere, be my guest.
    2. Well that went south fast. Look at the title of the thread. It doesn't say please buy this. It says Keep or Trash? I had never even seen them before! I just wanted opinions as to what they were worth, that's all. I was just trying to help a neighbour. If he wanted to sell them here, they would have been in the For Sale area. This board seems to be full of opera singers. (me, me, me, me, me) Whatever happened to positive, family friendly and Christmas centric? I guess that doesn't apply where greed is concerned.
    3. My response to your PM, as well as all the others I received, is four (4) responses above. Both of these items, which are 5 feet tall, will be available later this year on eBay.
    4. Thanks for the feedback everyone. I'll advised him to put it on eBay. I've already had offers of $10 a piece.
    5. I have a friend who has these two plastic lights up Santa Clauses. He no longer has room for them and wants to get rid of them. I said he should put them on eBay and get a few bucks for them. Are they worth anything or should he just trash them?
    6. Super-sized Santas ( AP photo by Czarek Sokolowski / December 21, 2009 ) Giant inflatable Santas dwarf pedestrians out in the subfreezing temperatures of Warsaw, Poland.
    7. December 18, 11:31 AMCulture & Sociology ExaminerWilliam Elliott Hazelgrove My neighbor has an armed igloo on his front lawn. Seriously. He also has elves and sleds and santas and a protoplasmic globe. But the armored turret was the latest addition and I had to stop and think about the Christmas dirigibles that now populate the suburban and urban landscape. The igloo rises up to a rotunda with a twenty millimeter gun (about battleship size in relative proportion) that actually rotates around the top of the igloo and comes to a dead stop facing my house. Then the turret continues rota
    8. Gemmy 7 Ft. Airblown Rotating Christmas Carousel Model # 19515 Willing to pay
    9. Thanks for the info, but I am looking for any pre-war (WWII) outdoor displays. Any one know of any?
    10. I'm researching a man that started a large, outdoor Christmas display in the mid 1920's. This display covered a large yard, the house and surrounding trees. I was wondering if anyone knows of any other such pioneers in our field or perhaps you could direct me where to look. I think a topic such as this would be of interest to many on our board that may have been thinking where this all started.
    11. I'm working on a book about a man that started a large, outdoor Christmas display in the mid 1920's. This display covered a large yard, the house and surrounding trees. I was wondering if anyone knew of any other such pioneers in our field or perhaps you could direct me where to look. I think a topic such as this would be of interest to many on our board that may have been thinking where this all started.
    12. This is a silly argument and does not belong in the Heads Up forum.
    13. Sirius/XM hasn't publicized them much, but one is already on the air. (BTW, there were more Christmas channels on XM last year:() HOLLY | November 12 - December 31 Contemporary holiday hits mixed with selected traditional favourites. Listen for Bruce Springsteen, Amy Grant, The Carpenters, Mannheim Steamroller and more. Holly will air beginning on November 12 at 12 midnight ET through New Year
    14. Because of my local notoriety, I've been able to secure a blanket 20% off on seasonal items at our Lowes. You might try for the same yourself. Speak with the department manager when it's "slow" and bring along an attractive elf to help break the ice;).
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