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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.
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  • 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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  1. So it's kind of a psychedelic Easter tree but I went with it lol. Last year I had them scattered throughout the yard and tree's lighted as if they were hidden. I try to doing something wierd or different fairly often. I added the bunnies the next night, the red one is slightly too bright. Here's also a photo of the March bell's (forsythia) with eggs I strung up for quick display and take down. They're from last year- I actually repainted the orange and purple eggs, which was made much easier being strung up.
  2. We were fortunate to pick this up in Maggie Valley, N.C. for just fifteen dollars, in addition to a host of cool Halloween blow molds some of which I've already touched up/ partially restored. I kind of like the vintage look to this one, it would require stripping if I restore it. Someone has already previously painted it over the original paint. One of my friends said it looked creepy and that I should have used it for Halloween lol.
  3. I thought I would see how a video might look online- here it is! I wanna get around to some music played from some Bluetooth rocks or something similar.
  4. just wanted to let everyone know that Boscov's Stores is starting sales on their christmas stuff. 30-50% off ticketed prices - entire stock of trim-a-home department 1.99-859.99 = .99-599.99 life-like christmas trees, lights, outdoor sculptures and inflatables, wreaths, garland, stockings, tree skirts, and more (25 styles of trees) 30-50% off trees, wreaths, swags, garland 6.99-599.99 30-50% off entire stock lights, outdoor lighted decor, and inflatables 1.99-99.99 (lights, sculptures, blow molds, iridescent figures, animated deer, inflatables, outdoor swags) 50% off entire stock boxed cards, wrapping paper, and accessories 1.99-16.00 (gift wrap, ribbon, bows, boxes, bags, tape, traditional, luxury,contemporary cards and more Store locator: http://www.boscovs.com/static/about_boscov/stores_locations.html
  5. Last year I took donations from all my friends and coworkers to cover my house in lights. It was nice and had a huge turn out. Some of the stuff didnt get displayed. Long story short, I was given eleven blowmolds of the nativity and a few snowmen and toy soldiers. The items are in great shape on the exterior but the wiring and lights seem to be in TERRIBLE condition. I wish to use these blowmolds this year but Im not sure if theres a place to buy replacement wiring or something. Should I just hook up some other lights and put them inside? Im completely out of my element on this one. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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