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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.

TexasKate

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TexasKate last won the day on October 27 2017

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About TexasKate

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  • Birthday 11/13/1956

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Not one there are so many.
  • Location
    Conroe Texas
  • Biography
    A christmas nut! Mainly wood cut outs.
  • Interests
    Yard art
  • Occupation
    Retired
  • About my display
    Just started a few years ago. Custom made pieces and I like doing them out of wood.

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  1. I stand mine up and put a piece of painters plastic between them. I do front to back and plastic between the fronts. Make sure they stay up straight. I use large boxes to stand most of them up. Other just stacked by the walls of my storage unit.
  2. That is also what I do for mine. So I'll take a look.
  3. Great work! Would you be willing to share your patterns or photos?
  4. Thank you so much for the kind words and wonderful compliments. This year has passed and I did not get a chance to make anything new to add to the display. But alas another year is right around the corner!
  5. John you are doing amazing work! I love all of them! You have me inspired again for next year. I took this year off, I guess I had a bit of burnout. But your great characters have me motivated for next year. The kids in your neighborhood are going to love your display.
  6. Wow! They look great! You are doing amazing work. These will make a very nice display.
  7. Those are great! And welcome!
  8. Yes I search Google Images and find the one I want to use. I then enlarge the digital image using Paint until I get the finished size I want. The trace onto the plywood. The detail on the reindeer is all just hand painted, no pattern for that.
  9. You can buy styrofoam heads, male and female.
  10. Check your messages. I have another idea that might work for you.
  11. They look great. Hopefully you can get a nice photo once these are all step up at the ice cream stand. Great job!
  12. Feel free to do anything you like.
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