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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.

NativityLady

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About NativityLady

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  • Birthday 12/10/1964

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    Tumwater, Washington USA
  • Biography
    I'm married to a great man and have a wonderful yellow lab.
  • Interests
    I like to go out for coffee, second-hand shop, read biographies, and eat dark chocolate and marzipan.
  • Occupation
    Project Coordinator
  • About my display
    I've never had an outdoor Christmas display before but I plan to have a blow mold lighted nativity in my front yard this year. I have all sorts of ideas to expand in coming years!

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  1. Hi Karla, You are very welcome! Yes, that is us at 23075 Franklin Road. The lights are on every night from 5 pm to 10 pm and we would love to have you come by and see the display. If possible we would also enjoy it if you could come to the house and say hello.We are always interested in meeting PC members in person. Steve Poole featured our display in his Parade of Lights on the 11 pm news on KOMO last night, that was quite a honor for us. Mel

  2. Hi, Mel! Thanks for accepting my friendship request. As we aren't too far from you, my husband and I are thinking of driving up to see your display! What days/times do you have it lit? I looked for you in the phone book. Is that you on Franklin Rd? - Karla

  3. My new-to-me Union 39" star arrived in the mail yesterday! It came with a light cord but not a lightbulb. I'm not sure if the light cord is original to the star, but it seems to be. It says "Lite King Corp, 75W 125V" on it. The hole in the back of the star for the lightbulb isn't very big so what kind of lightbulb should I look for at the store? As always, thanks for any help you are able to provide! - Karla
  4. Wow! It looks great! I like how you place them closely together. The snowmen in pics 2 and 3 remind me of marshmallow "Peeps." It looks like a real Candyland.
  5. NativityLady

    Dove

    Thanks for the comments, all! Maybe I'll try those decoys as they aren't very expensive -- thanks for the link, Jen! -Karla
  6. Wow! Great display! You have a very cool stable for your nativity. I don't think I've ever seen one that big.
  7. NativityLady

    Dove

    I am looking for a lighted blowmold dove. I want it for my nativity scene. (Remember the "The Gifts They Gave" song by Harry Belafonte: "I, said the dove, from the rafters high; I cooed Him to sleep that He should not cry; We cooed Him to sleep my love and I; I, said the dove, from the rafters high." Does anyone know if a Dove has been manufactured? Maybe a non-lighted one for gardens? Thanks for your help! -Karla
  8. I'm late too, but I like pic #3 the best because it seems natural for a mother to lay down her baby child in a manger/crib that way.
  9. Your repaints look great out there! Nice, even painting and brightly lit at night. Good job, Joe!
  10. I wondered about the wiseman with the green hat...but I actually like the Gen Foam version better with darker skin and a gold turban.
  11. Originally, I purchased it just for the one wiseman that I was missing in my Gen Foam set but when I got the set home, I just couldn't split it up so I kept looking for another wiseman and ended up finding one on eBay. So then I wanted to find friends to display it in their yard but no one took me up on my request. I just found someone locally on craigslist who is thinking of buying it from me. I don't have room for two, and I really want it displayed and not stored.
  12. The drummer boy in the tan and green clothes, is he TPI? Is he officially part of the TPI nativity set?
  13. Those angels! Especially the one with dark hair! I've never seen her! Does anyone have any close-up pictures of her? So she is Santa's Best too? How tall?
  14. Here's a link to another idea: http://navpooh.com/creche.html
  15. Thanks, Mel! I like him. Interesting that it looks like he was made to hang and doesn't have a flat surface to stand.
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