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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.

erba

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About erba

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  • Birthday 08/07/1974

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  • Location
    Waltham, MA
  • Biography
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  • Interests
    Collecting posters and Boston sports memorabilia, especially Boston Garden items.
  • Occupation
    office manager
  • About my display
    Small and Static, but I love it.
  1. Ummm...did they get away or did they get caught? http://forums.planetchristmas.com/showthread.php/38592-I-think-my-neighbor-is-stealingmy-bulbs?p=535738#post535738
  2. http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1220936
  3. When I made my first mini trees, I used around 50-75 zip ties per tree. I have no idea what I was thinking. Now, for a small mini tree with 300 lights, I use about 6 zip ties on the entire tree.
  4. This almost sounds like you are cheering on a birth. :giggle:
  5. I bought a clock last year and my wife hates it. It's still sitting in my back porch and has never been used. Kind of bummed about it because I like it. I suppose it's ok to give into with this one thing on the display.
  6. Awesome, I can wait to see the video.
  7. Wishes from the Disney fireworks show? Also, I think Be Our Guest would be a fun opener.
  8. It would be great if you didn't send out random pm's for trying to sell these.
  9. I think you missed his sarcasm there.
  10. erba

    Cutouts

    I really wish I lived in MN, I would kill for these. Disney + Christmas= a happy erba!
  11. What size bit are you using to drill the holes in the j channel?
  12. Great news. Glad to hear it's working out for you.
  13. Very interesting. I'm gonna have to give it a try.
  14. I will say that they came through for me on one ebay transaction I had. It was for around $80 and the seller had it in their account. I was able to get a full refund. I know others that filed a claim for items over $150 and the were only able to get about $.80 because that was all the seller had in their account. I almost never buy off of ebay anymore and if I do, I have around a $30 limit so I can't get burned too bad.
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