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.
Love a beautiful home and love too decorate for the holidays
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About my display
I have been buying motionettes since 1979,My first piece was a lovely large angel with beautiful white hair and gold wings,and now I have over 70 from all the elves,too the ice skaters,snoring santa, tiny tim,disney characters,santa and the reindeers,I had a 15 room house and sold it 6 years ago,so I set it up in my restaurant and oh how the customers loved it so, people would come and take pictures and movies, I sold my restaurant now,and downsizing and having too part with my collection, my children don't want them, I hope someone buys them that loves too decorate like i used to.I have a large variety from 2 ft tall too life size.A tremendous display, if anyone knows prices on old motionettes please help, I never paod less that $50.00 for each piece back in the days they sold. Are they worth anything of value.