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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 Baranouski

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  1. Your assistance and inspiration created this small Mr. Christmas display for the front yard. Static white lights until the music starts, then the red & green lights come out to dance. The back yard has my golfing Santa up and running. Thanks to you all .. next year is LOR.... I hope. Please take a look at my finished (for now) yard. Thank you again and
  2. ohhhhhh !! I like the sound of that timer ! Thank you sooo much !!:smilingelf:
  3. You all are totally awesome for giving me your assistance.... now.. could I get you to come to Houston to help me set it all up??? (not really..sort of). Thank you again. I am going to check out the X10 and the Garden Timer to see which will work best. Happy Holidays !!! I will let you know what happens !!:waycool:
  4. Reading the board is making me anxious.... I haven't even started yet and I have so much to do. But by the time I get off of work it is so dark I can't work outside (yes I know i would be working with lights). I took tomorrow off so I hope I can get a good start on it all thru the weekend.
  5. Due to time constraints and fear of learning new things... I took the easy way out and purchased a Mr. Christmas Lights & Sounds unit. Out of respect for the neighbors, I would like it to only come on 3 times a night at the top ofeach hour for about 10 - 15 minutes only. (it will/should showcase the red/green lights that are laying with my static white lights which run on a seperate system). What type of timer can I get for this function.... to turn the unit on and off several times per night? I have the basic timers but they only allow for one cycle of on/off. And please please... where do I find out. I would hate to have to pay the kid down the street to sit there and turn it on/off 3 times a night (just kidding...sort of). I appreciate your assistance !!:tree:
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