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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.

thstevensons

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About thstevensons

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  • Birthday 09/27/1971

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  • Location
    Gray Court, South Carolina.
  • Biography
    I am a small business owner, former elementary school computer science teacher. I LOVE Christmas and all most all the fall/winter holidays for that matter. I love decorating for chrismtas. I make alot of my own decorations. We pick a theme right after christmas each year and work all year putting decorations together for the theme. WE have had to build a 20X24 two story storage building just to hold it all. Next year my goal it to put on a ligth show as a fundraiser for a couple of organizations I am part of.
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    Woodworking, Crafting, music, and computers.
  • Occupation
    Small Business owner--event planner
  • About my display
    Well my displays started when I was young. My dad got me hooked when we put out a couple of strands of c-7 and c-9 light on our front porch as a child. From that moment own I was hooked! I have been borrowing ideas and coming up with my own ever since. My inventory has grown over the years from Blow Molds to rope light and wire displays to wooden cut outs. I have never done the same display twice!!!! This year was simple a few white spiral trees, angels on the shutters and a Mary and Joseph with the babe. Sound simple but it wasn't cause with the demands of the business, I got started late. But next year will be great!!!!!

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  1. Sorry Everyone didn't mean to post three times. Now can't figure out how to get rid of them.
  2. I have a plywood cut out Nativity scene. I use T posts. These are heavy duty post often used in electric fence. They can be easily driven in the ground with a T post driver and then pulled up later with the t post puller. I attach my cut outs using long heavy duty Zip Ties. I have been doing this for about 6 or so years and my cut outs have made it through at least three major wind/tornado warnings. The T posts can be purchased at Lowes, Home Depot or Tractor Supply. Be sure to get the heavy duty ones.
  3. I have a plywood cut out Nativity scene. I use T posts. These are heavy duty post often used in electric fence. They can be easily driven in the ground with a T post driver and then pulled up later with the t post puller. I attach my cut outs using long heavy duty Zip Ties. I have been doing this for about 6 or so years and my cut outs have made it through at least three major wind/tornado warnings. The T posts can be purchased at Lowes, Home Depot or Tractor Supply. Be sure to get the heavy duty ones.
  4. I have a plywood cut out Nativity scene. I use T posts. These are heavy duty post often used in electric fence. They can be easily driven in the ground with a T post driver and then pulled up later with the t post puller. I attach my cut outs using long heavy duty Zip Ties. I have been doing this for about 6 or so years and my cut outs have made it through at least three major wind/tornado warnings.
  5. How did this turn out? Were you successful? I would love to see the finished product.
  6. Howdy Everyone. I love this site. I am a newbie and getting ideas. My lighting display has grown each year but it is still static. I have a few wooden cut outs, etc. I am looking at putting some animation to it this year and was on here looking for idea. I love this rotating greeting card. I tried to down load the images and blow them up but I could not read them. I did a google search and behold.... here is the link: http://books.google.com/books?id=O9gDAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA166&dq=christmas%20cards%20popular%20mechanics&pg=PA166#v=onepage&q&f=false
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