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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 dirc

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    • Birthday 10/28/1959

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    • Location
      Rosebud, Texas
    • Biography
      My name is Diane. I am married. We each have 2 children and We have 11 grandchildren. I am disabled so i don't work outside of the home. My favorite holiday is Christmas and I love to decorate. I grew up in the northeast corner of Iowa but have been away from there for 30+ years but I still miss a white christmas so I decorate outside as much as possible and I love to see the grandbabies faces as we put the stuff up and over the holidays.
    • Interests
      quilting, crosstitch, crochet, crafting, candymaking and baking
    • Occupation
      housewife
    • About my display
      I have airblowns, santas, snowmen, candy canes, christmas trees, snowflakes, reindeer. I started out with just strings of lights about 10 years ago and know have a good collection, I want to make some unique decorations like wire frames, stuff I can't buy in a store. We decorate the front yard about an acre but a few years ago we cleared the acre beside our house and I want to expand.
    1. I use old light strands as extension cords all the time, my husband is an electrician and he says as long as i don't go over the load for the cord, i can use them, i plug 1 reindeer into an old cord and run it to the big extension cord. It saves us money on cords and when i plug to much into the light cord he lets me know. He says as long you watch what your plugging into them they are fine, after a few years of using one we throw it away.
    2. I use appliance timers on everything in my house. Set your timer to the time you want, turn the candles on and plug them into the timer. They will go on and off via the timer.
    3. This recipe is really good. They taste almost as good as real Reese's Peanut Butter Cups 1 16 oz jar chunky peanut butter 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 stick butter 1 box 10x powdered sugar 12 oz bag chocolate chips (I use milk chips) Mix all ingredients together except chips. If to dry add more peanut butter. Roll into 1" size balls. Melt the chips. Dip the balls into the chocolate to coat. Place on a waxed paper covered baking pan and place into the freezer till chocolate is hardened. You can also use a mold place some chocolate into the bottom of the mold and with a pa
    4. Thanks for the replies, used a good primer and paint. The problem is my grandbabies helped and they put glitter on some of the candies we painted on the house and i know that won't stay on. I am hoping if i weatherize it you could still see the glitter. The lollipops are going to be cut out of 1/2" plywood and then painted. Holes drilled and lights put through the holes and then put on pvc pipe. I want to make them about 12" but i don't have anything that big to trace around. We are also going to cover plastic containers with cellophane or paint them with stain glass stain or paint
    5. My daughter and I made a gingerbread house and a couple gingerbread men. They are painted with exterior paint. I live in Texas and don't want to touch up every year. What can I put over them to weatherize them? We also want to make some lollipops and candy to put on the ground around the house. How do I get a perfect circle for the lollipops? Thank you Dirc
    6. dirc

      changing to led

      Thank you so much for the information.
    7. dirc

      changing to led

      Hi I joined this site a couple months ago and I LOVE this place. I want to start changing to led bulbs in my inflatables. Do i just buy led replacement bulbs? How do I know what size bulbs they need? How much does going led save on the electric bill? Thank you
    8. Thanks so much for the quick response. I LOVE this website.
    9. Hi I'm dirc. I'm not sure where to put this. I joined a few months ago and i love this site. I have filled a tablet with ideas, thanks to all of you. I have a question, I found 4 1" metal pipes about 3 ft tall I want to make candy cane lamps out if them, what is the easiest way to put the stripes on? How do you get them straight? I am not very good at freehand drawing. Thank you
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