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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 charlir

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  • Birthday 04/23/1953

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  • Location
    new jersey
  • Biography
    55 years old, 5' 5", male
  • Interests
    gardening, tropical fish, wrestling, baseball, reading
  • Occupation
    medical laboratory tech
  • About my display
    just starting. would like to learn how to possibly create wooden animated yard decorations, and then add synchronized lights and music to the display.
  1. I just can't believe it. Every year you amaze me with your art work! I always look forward to see what you have next, each year. And once again, thanks for the praise on my "Peanuts Gang" last year. It really made my year hearing such thoughts from you. But sorry folks, nothing new this year from me. I have a very small yard, and Charlie and friends were made to last a few years.But I am thinking of ideas for the next characters and maybe other holidays.
  2. I use the fiberglass stakes and set-up that comes with them from "winfield collection."
  3. Have you tried the "Winfield Collection" or "Sherwood?" They both have patterns for various shops and homes to make a small village. Or look at their catalogues for ideas. One of our members even went so far as to use one of their patterns and create a 3D effect with one of the gingerbread styles.
  4. here is a better view of my characters! Charlir[ATTACH=CONFIG]41027[/ATTACH]
  5. Thank you! I have really enjoyed looking at all of yours and Oldcgdr's for the last couple of years. They are awsome. For years I have been saying to my family when we drive around looking at Christmas decorated lawns and yards how I should do some cutouts for ours. But after last year when they reminded me how many years I have said that and it NEVER happened, therefore, it NEVER would! I had to try this year. lol.
  6. This is a pic of my first cutouts done with peanuts gang (four foot high) Took me most of the year to complete. Hope you all enjoy it! Have a great holiday! Charlir
  7. Wow, they look great! I am also working on the idea of the "Peanuts Gang" cut-outs. I am getting envious of all you folks who are ahead of with your progress. They look so great and my "other-half" says that I'll never accomplish any.
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