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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 tbone321

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  • Birthday 02/08/1962

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  • Location
    North Carolina
  • Biography
    Enjoy decorating for Christmas and Halloween
  • Interests
    Computers, RC modeling, woodworking.
  • Occupation
    Independant Contractor
  • About my display
    I create multple scenes on the property using airbown inflatables, blowmolds, wire frames, and lights. It is currently a static display but this year I intend to add an magic tree that will be controlled by a GE 6 channel controller. In the future I intend on setting up a few LOR units.
  1. So they are going to put Christmas in the front of the store before September is even over. And people wonder why the season is dying.
  2. I understand and agree with you point for the most part and if I insulted you I'm sorry. That was not my intent. The point that I was trying to make is that not all hobbies are the same. Some are just for the person and others are a little bit more. While I agree that a person should not depend on others to fund their hobby, I have no problem giving people an easy way to shown their appreciation for what came from that hobby.
  3. While reading the posts from others my opinion was switching back and forth on what I would do. One opinion was that you need to stay within your means and I agree with that. You cannot count on donations to fund your hobby because as others have said, if public opinion sways away from you for some petty or valid reason, those donations are going to dissapear. Another poster said that they fly RC planes and don't expect others to fund their hobby but in this case I don't find the example valid. I am also into the RC hobby with RC trucks and while my group also draws a crowd when we race, I'm not doing it for the crowd, I'm doing it for myself and their entertainment is just a happy addition. I have just as much fun when it is just the group of racers. I also decorate the house for Halloween and Christmas and while I do it in part for myself, I also do it for the people that come to see it to brighten their holiday. If it were just for me, they would be off when I was not out looking at them. My Rc vehicles are not out running when I'm not there. Some have said that people may feel obligated to donate if they see a donation box and while this is true, many may want to donate but feel intimidated to do so without an easy method such as that donation box. My opinion is that there should not be a problem putting out a donaton box provided that you are clear on what it is for and that you don't count on those donations to fund your hobby.
  4. I saw the email option as well but it really didn't make much sense to me how that would work. It would be much easier to just set up a few web pages. I also noticed that they either don't have a privacy statement on their site or I simply didn't see it and I didn't want my email address just put on an email list to be sold or given to their vendors so I didn't sign up. Perhaps I'm just paranoid but in this economy that list would be worth $$$$$$$$$.
  5. Does the Lowe's by you have their Halloween stuff out already? The ones here have been told not to put out their stuff until after Labor Day.
  6. I hope that you are correct but if they were really going to do that, what exactly are they waiting for? The Halloween stuff is already out and some of it is already sold out. It would be nice to know what new items will be available this season but I fear that it will be up to forums like this to find them and let us know and thank goodness that we have them.
  7. I really don't think that will make much of a difference. It appear that they are in the process of moving their business model from semi customer oriented to a generic vender only. It looks like now they only want to make the items and let the venders deal with everything else such as promotions and customer support.
  8. I am not trying to bash the company and if it was only a minor round up I wouldn't even bother to mention it but the last item I bought for halloween was almost 2 feet shorter than claimed on the box and to me that is not rounding up, that is a flat out lie.
  9. I would be a bit leary about the claimed size. The last two airblowns I purchased were considerably smaller than the size stated on the box.
  10. From what I have been told, they are not going to do that anymore.
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