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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.

PlainfieldDan

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About PlainfieldDan

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  • Birthday 01/03/1963

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  • Location
    Plainfield, IL
  • Biography
    My wife and I have always loved Christmas. We are now enjoying sharing this holiday with our son. Although we have always decorated, each year we are getting a biit more ambitious at the urging of our little elf.
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    Christmas
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    Forensic Scientist
  • About my display
    We currently have a rather elaborate and growing Department 56 North Pole Village. Outside is mainly lights, and a few blowmolds, we are hoping to add more annimation and perhaps computerized lights and music this year.

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  1. Thanks for the links, they were what I was looking for. Als thank you for the invite Andy, I will certainley take a drive by and see your display. With your user name, I have my hopes to see a 67 GTO ragtop sitting in the drive way... Once again, thanks to you both. Have a great rest of the Thanksgiving weekend. Dan
  2. Greetings All: I am apparently forum challenged, I ran across a thread that had a wonderful link to a member's web site that had really neat arches and posts. These were anchored with a spiffy welding of two pieces of rebar. One at a 90 degree angle and one verticle. I neglected to bookmark this..duhhhhh. If any of you kind folks know of what I speak and could let me know the site I would be greatful. Thanks again
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