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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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      Love doing Christmas and Halloween.
      Christmas just lights outside. 1st year (2008) using GE Lights and Sounds (Mr. Chrismas). After Christmas sales bought several Gemmy Holiday Lights. We'll see what I decide to do with all this - keep or give some as next year Christmas Gifts. Buying LED lights to replace older lights.
      Halloween has been done for many years using props, strobs, spot lights, fog, jack-o-lanterns. Will probably incorporate the above animated lights also with Halloween.
    1. Friends & community of Planet Christmas, In my hometown of Tuscaloosa along with countless others the April 27, 2011 tornadoes took away lives, homes, belongings and Christmas items. Christmasindixie for tornado survivors http://christmasindixie11.com/ is asking for donations to put Christmas back into their lives. Christmasindixie's desire is for no child to pass a home & see twinkling lights, & wonder why the storm has taken away one more important part of their life (The Christmas lights & celebration). Could any of you help, time is running out, the collection drive will
    2. Makes you want to party ~~~ Great job.
    3. If you are a member of Facebook this is a must watch! This is incredible!! Please share the good news with all. God Bless all, Leona http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1573735336164&oid=160636703764&comments
    4. Chris sorry to hear this. All the hard work with your light display and landscaping... But you are so right about many of us coming through ok from the tornado's and storms last week. So many things can discourage us but if we stop a moment and reflect, we can see despite the troubles we have so much to be blessed with. What can you say about Alabama's red mud it can create a mess. We put in some new landscaping the week of Thanksgiving and then came the rain and red mud issues. Putting up my Christmas lights I don't know which was redder the red Christmas lights or my shoes...lol Praying y
    5. There's no action special effects to these, just static LED Lights inside ribbon. Sorry haven't done any Christmas pics yet. It is Holiday Time LED Ribbon. My excitement was I hadn't known what I had bought. Don't know I would want to chance using them outside. Mine says Indoor Use Only. Wouldn't using them outside be dangerous? Using them on wreaths is a great idea though. Have a "Blessed Merry Christmas Ya'll" Leona
    6. I purchased a variety of ribbons during last year's end of Christmas sales for gift wrapping this year. When looking thru them last night to see what I had, I was surprised by what I had gotten. All I could say was - "Wow" "Cool" - "Wow" "Cool". I felt like a little girl opening a special Christmas present. The ribbon was wired with LED lights (inside the ribbon) and plugs into an outlet. I had 3 rolls; each 12 feet long with 36 tiny LED lights. (Wished I had know I would have got more) I was tickled and now have them on my indoor Christmas tree.
    7. Here are some pics of my yard Christmas 2009. Sorry for the badly blurred photos. Having problems w/night shot settings. My father-in-law made all the wire frames w/incandescent mini lights - Star & poinsettias on roof along w/snowflakes on sides of the driveway rope arch. The large tree had a few incandescents as will. All other lights are led's I had got from the previous year after season sale. So I kept most of my incandescents away in storage. The lights around the roof line are Gemmy's Ice cycle lights that change color. I put all my other led lights on my Gemmy controller & aux
    8. Navy 1st I want to say "Thank You" for serving our country and protecting us. Prayers being sent your way. I agree we always want bigger, better, and more.. I also only use the Mr Christmas but it sure doesn't put on the same show, but that's OK! The big shows are great but my little attempt is about the spirit and giving of my own heart. I put up many lights last year (what I consider many), may be few to others. I love the big shows (love to have one) but I don't & the way the economy is & me getting older everyday not sure I ever will.. But thats OK. I give what I have and wha
    9. I was thinking maybe among the blue led lights different signs representing the sea of life....example: Hope, Faith, Love, Believe, The Word & a Bible verse or two. Leona
    10. Not saying I am going to do it (not sure)... just playing with the concept of the idea at this time, but hey I'm always changing my mind about things. I thought it would be interesting to see some creative ideas from all the creative talent here at PC. Jen your right about all the comments good/bad. Each has their own point of views.. You can't please everyone. Salvation is good idea.... USS Salvation - Jesus is born....the fisherman of men. Maybe some blue led Christmas lights to represent water. Keep the ideas coming. Leona
    11. Nice job... Halloween can be hauntingly fun. Thanks for sharing.
    12. Your not alone, the past 4 months have been filled with many deaths in the family with the hardest one for me being the loss of my granddaughter's mother who was only 26 years old. So much going on & sometimes it's hard to make myself get up & count my blessings because I know their all around me. Thank you for sharing and your kind inspiration for us all. Prayers and blessings being sent your way & to all here on Planet Christmas Leona
    13. This was a prank played on 2 girls around Christmas. It was not your usual Christmas display & got a lot of attention. Unusual to say the least! I got to thinking what if ??? a display like this was changed up to represent Jesus & faith. Jesus - a fisherman of men. Maybe put Jesus in the boat? What should the boat say?.... any ideas anyone? Roll the ideas in everyone... Should I do a display like this.... What would the neighbors think...lol Check out the link & read the story... lol some really funny pranks.http://eastdallasblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/12/east-dallas-blondes
    14. Sorry don't know but have heard it before. Post a reply on the youtube video & ask, hopefully they will reply with the answer.
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