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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 Littlebit

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  • Birthday 03/14/1966

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I'm not one to geek out at anything or anyone. But when we went to Cleveland and visited The Christmas Story House, well, I was just totally geek central. SO much fun!
  • Location
    Orlando, FL
  • Biography
    A little lady in her late 40's, making up for a childhood where my parents wouldn't let me decorate the way I wanted to. Now it's my house and my rules. I've been told that I have the best Halloween and Christmas decorations on the block.
  • Interests
    Travel, surfing the 'net, singing.
  • Occupation
    Sell my husband's crap on eBay ;-)
  • About my display
    A light-up sleigh, originally pulled by eight light-up, animated flamingos. Last year I added a "Rudolph Flamingo" too. Surrounded by more and more light-up snowmen, string lights and icicle lights every year.

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  1. Thank-you to everyone who made suggestions on the Santa legs, as well as to Judy Pancoast, who made the MOST apropos song EVER!
  2. Joe says thank-you, as do I. At least he has a few leads this way. I told him that as long as the tree is lit by our holiday party on the 19th, I won't be disappointed. Sure wish they still sold them...
  3. Thank-you so much! However my husband Joe has a question: "We have a Light Keeper Pro (or an equivalent thereof). When I have the plug in the wall in one way, half of the lights that are out are marked as having power. When I flip the plug 180 degrees, the other half that are out are marked as having power. Is this correct? (I know the Light Keeper Pro works on polarity). And then how do I check to see which one is out? The lights are VERY twisted within the structure of the tree and I don't know how to check to see where the broken connection is, since half of the lights are always out, depending on which way the plug is plugged into the wall."
  4. At the end of the 2006 season, I bought a set of 2 palm trees from Michael's Arts & Crafts - one is 6' tall and one is about 3' tall. I tried to find a picture of them on the net, but no dice. However the 2nd picture in my YouTube video shows them pretty well: At the beginning of the 2007 season, a wind blew down the taller tree because I didn't have it tied down well enough. Several bulbs broke but as far as I know, all of them were replaced. However a good half of the tree still wouldn't light. My MIL has the patience of a saint and went through every strand over the course of a few weeks, replaced whatever else had to be replaced and gave us the tree back, 100% lit, in the autumn. We kept it in our garage, untouched, and took it out of "hiding' on Friday. Problem is, suddenly a bunch of lights don't work again. Hubby has been using his Light Keeper Pro to figure out which light(s) the problem is/are but to no avail. He thinks there are more than 1 bulb that are out. He's willing to start trying to replace each "out" light but we need to have replacement to do that (I don't want to salvage the smaller tree for "parts"). So my question is, where/how does one find replacement bulbs? So many of the "little" bulb bottoms look so similar but then it turns out they don't fit properly. To make things even worse, the bulbs aren't a normal Christmasy color - they're lime green. Any suggestions? I REALLY like this set of trees. Thanks!
  5. If you're willing to spend some bucks, some friends of mine recommended http://www.balsamhill.com/ about 2 years ago. They have a tree from them and it's GORGEOUS. But again, not cheap.
  6. Cool beans. OK maybe I won't be quite the completist, if going with Lemax will be that much cheaper. Thanks so much for the recommendations!
  7. Cool beans, thanks! Of course with postage the way it is, eBay may not be such a bargain, but at least knowing that it COULD be will get me to start looking there more. Thank-you!
  8. Welp, that's a good start. Thanks for the advice! Anyone else? What about eBay? Anyone know if prices for stuff (remember, I mean trees, fences, etc - not buildings) tend to go higher, lower or about the same?
  9. I started collecting the "A Christmas Story" Dept. 56 series last year (best Christmas movie EVER!). It's my first and only Dept. 56 set, and right now all I have are buildings and accessory pieces - no snow, no trees, no bushes, no benches, no streets...you get the picture. I know I could go to any place that sells Dept. 56 "stuff" and spend a fortune on enough material to cover the space of about a dozen buildings and 2 dozen or so accessory pieces - IS there anywhere, either in chain stores or online, where I can get the stuff cheaper? I tend to run "obsessive completist" flavor and therefore would only want Dept 56 brand. Can anyone point the way? Thanks!
  10. I'm not a huge fan of the styrofoam tombstones - here in Central FL, temperatures in October are still in the high 80's and they just don't seem to last more than a season or two. The plastic ones they sell at Michael's are good - the stakes tend to break more often than the grave markers themselves falling apart. Not nearly as much of a selection for the plastic ones, though, at least not for the ones that are more than 9" tall.
  11. Glad I could help! Also glad hubby never got wind of that set or I'm sure we'd be making room for it, LOL! Good luck in finding what you're looking for!
  12. Littlebit

    hi new here

    Oh YAY I'm not the NEWEST newbie anymore! Welcome a-board!
  13. If it's any help, I did fine pictures on the 'net (they're about 2/3 down the page of the link). Still searching for places who actually sell them. I saw one message that mentioned seeing them on eBay for $600 for a set of 3, if that's any help. Still searching for any more info. http://www.jkrs-army.com/members-treasures/index.htm
  14. VERY cool! Beautiful too! I would start our indoor Christmas decorating now, except (A) my husband would probably kill me and ( we're doing Thanksgiving at our house this year and with 15 +/- expected people, we need the space for guests. But come November 28th....
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