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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 trickytransam

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      Freeland, MI
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      30, Michigan, Christmas decoration Buff!
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      Cars, home improvement, Holiday shopping
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      I always set up a tasteful display for my family members houses and my own. I expand every year!

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    1. Just wanted to include my friends at Planet Christmas. I'm having a garage sale and I have some Christmas Ceramics, and some christmas decorations. I have a LED battery powered window sillouette candle, tree sprigs from all makes of tree for crafts, Antique christmas knick knack ceramics, and possibly....Possibly some of my christmas lights from my collection - I may put them out. Christmas cookie Tins, which I just found in my collection too. For those in the Mid-Michigan Area, specifically Freeland MI 48623 - Feel free to stop by. Friday July 29th, and Saturday July 30th. If you
    2. Well it takes a 16' extention ladder, with me 6' on the ladder and an additional 12' painters pole, plus a 12-15' decorators pole duct taped together to get close to the top. Last year i didn't decorate it because I ran out of stuff to tape together to get to the top...it grew some more. Come measure it.
    3. Dont feel bad. I too had showed my sister Ebay. Sis told me "After you die, Im taking all that crap to the curb." Thanks sis.... love you too Some of the prices people are posting on ebay are just irritating. For those that do want to keep nostalgic items of their childhood, we're having to pay an arm and a leg.
    4. I called consumers... waiting game at this point. Waiting for a call from their planning department to voice my concerns. My Township doesn't handle any power related concerns other than street lighting. Unfortunately no mega trees will fit on my property - this Spruce was my mega tree. More to come. Hoping for a positive outcome.
    5. The old growth trees were trimmed last year, and again a few years earlier. A few years back, a 21 yr old tree trimmer lost his life - he rose himself up into the trees and leaned over the power line a few houses down from me. Since then, they brought in a big crew and completely cut a clear sight line for the utility 30 feet on each side. so if you stand at the pole, you can look straight down. So all of that has been cut and cleared. They are not going to do underground due to cost. My pole on the back of my yard feeds 3 homes. Their plan is to bring service in front of my house -
    6. Well, I came home today and found a mysterious stake in the ground, which aligned with stakes going south down the road into the neighbors yards. The stake read "Proposed Consumers Energy Power Line". At first I thought...Ok....they're running an underground power line. Then...as I'm standing out in the yard, my neighbor comes over, and said that they're moving the entire line that feeds the neighborhood from the back of our houses (Where it is now) to the front. Supposedly they are having a hard time servicing the line in the back of the yards. Here's the problem. Where the stake
    7. Well, I was lucky enough to inherit these two blow molds from a co-worker. The story is that they were going to throw them out, and my co-workers wife remembered that I enjoy all Christmas items, so she gave them to me. Check them out - what do you think? I didn't see any mold markings or dates. They have the old Poloron style large bulb disk in the back. They have the larger long white fuse style plugs that you see more on the modern day blowmolds. But...long story short, theyre safe and sound now! let me know what you think.
    8. The standard reels appear to be out of stock. Only ones left are the Deluxe models with the Bayco wheel or the LED reels. How many sets would you think I would need for about 2 acres pie shaped? If each set covers 5000sq ft, it seems like one set wouldn't cover much doing just a raw calculation of acres to sq ft. (I'm probably calculating it wrong)
    9. Honestly, the ones advertising the christmas stuff sometimes also know the value, so it may or may not have been a good deal, you know? I know it sounds morbid, but Estate sales are where it's at. Make a plan, or get together with friends, work out a plan to hit them when they pop up. Be there first thing and done. My neighbor - passed away and I didn't even know it. There was a ton of people standing in the driveway, which I thought was the family after the funeral type of appearance. Well....it was the estate sale. When I came back from shopping...I saw people carrying tons of chris
    10. Welcome now Fellow Michigander.
    11. We could do a summer cookout - BYOB and bring a dish to pass type of thing. I'd do one here but my house and yard aren't all that large.
    12. Hopefully early August. I cant do late July unless its on the last weekend.
    13. I haven't heard anything either. I'm in the mood. Bronners is having a sale on their newly launched website...but I'll be going there to get the bargains from last years stuff. Let me know! C
    14. Hmm...this kinda died on the vine since January. Hope everyone is doing well, and looking forward to a meeting of some kind. Let me know if you are still planning on a meet in Kzoo in the fall, or if you want to do something sooner. C
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