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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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  1. Has anyone ever used the indoor only artificial trees outside? Wondering if the rain would make them fall apart. Thanks
  2. Thanks.... Yea I think I will order 2 rolls also. I guess I will just experiment and see how it goes.. Good Luck to you too..
  3. I am wanting to buy the Virtual Santa DVD. My window size is 72 high 46 3/4 wide. Do you know how much of the Mylar Paper I need to order? It comes in as 36" x 48". I emailed the company and this is what they sent to me.... You will not find a bigger sheet. The mylar paper is the right size to look like a normal size person. You blackout or cover the other areas using your curtain, Etc. Can anyone here help me with this? Thanks
  4. Hi Everyone and Merry Christmas
  5. Thanks Ken it works great.. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
  6. I was thinking about making one of my wire frame reindeer Rudolph. Can I paint a round bulb with red spray paint? My husband wants to use a red flood light but I think it will be to bright....Thanks
  7. We had a new roof put on our house this past summer with architectural shingles. I guess the sun did its job and stuck them down really good. Any short cuts to sliding those little clips under the shingles to hold the lights. We have been using a putty knife and it seems to be taking forever. Much appreciated
  8. Oh my goodness. What a neat idea. I will have to remember that one. I would have went out and bought $20 worth of extension cords.. And then complained to my husband that we didn
  9. Looks GREAT! How many extension cords did you have to use?
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    Their new home

    Yes Jim we have an Airblown Inflatable Nativity Scene for the front yard. We don
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    Their new home

    Thanks everyone for you comments on our recent find. This is where the kids wanted to put them for this year. It makes a great view from the family room. We don’t do much decorating in the back of the house but toss a few blow up ornaments in the pool. They will then reside in the guest house for the rest of the year. Glad we found them and saved them from the landfill. Thanks Everyone!
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    This is where the kids wanted to put them for this year. Its makes a great view from the family room. We don
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