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  • 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 Playful_Puppets

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The Night Before Christmas
  • Location
    Illinois
  • Biography
    Studying to be a teacher of special education in elementary school
  • Interests
    Christmas, Halloween, film making and puppets.
  • Occupation
    student
  • About my display
    Inside the house

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  1. Playful_Puppets

    Hello Illinois. 😊

    Thanks, Mcas. 😊
  2. Playful_Puppets

    cut out questions

    Jr- yes, we get quite a lot of wind in December where I am. Nice to know someone else has that challenge, too. Heh I'd like to do cut outs this year, but being in college and still trying to find a job makes spending $$$ just not feasible right now which is why I make/sell puppets to help with bills. If I can find a job soon enough, I'd love to do cut outs and have my kids help. I think it would be a great family bonding experience! My two boys are into video games, so maybe I can do a Mario theme or something. 😁😁😁
  3. Playful_Puppets

    cut out questions

    Thank you for giving me more ideas in my Arsenal. I'll talk to my wife and we'll decide what works best for us. Btw, I just finished reading your article and saved it. Wonderful job, as it answered many questions regarding coro! How long do you make the ground stakes? Have you tried an angled arm (tripod) in back to help with winds? Also, do you use outside wood for the frame, or it doesn't matter?
  4. Playful_Puppets

    cut out questions

    Thanks, jrbryant. I have to admit that I'm around 50 and have a bad back, so the lightness is a welcome relief. I think the ply would be more sturdy, but the coro definitely lighter! I love that there are choices in materials. Each has pros and cons. Do you have problems with the wind ripping the coro or them flying off or getting turned around?
  5. Playful_Puppets

    cut out questions

    Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. 😁 This gives me a direction to head to!
  6. Playful_Puppets

    cut out questions

    Wow! Nice display! Do you use a jigsaw? Do you do anything to the sides of the ply, too? How do you make them stand in the air? Also, are you using 2x4s to put them in the ground?
  7. Playful_Puppets

    Hello!

    Hi Big J! Thanks for the welcome!
  8. Playful_Puppets

    cut out questions

    Thank you, Rich. Do you do plywood cut outs for your display?
  9. Playful_Puppets

    cut out questions

    I'm in Illinois, which would be better for rain and snow? Ply or coro? How do you make the cuts so smooth with coro? What paint with coro? Plastic spray paint? Lastly, with winds, how to attach coro to the ground?
  10. Playful_Puppets

    Hello Illinois. 😊

    I'm in illinois, so I thought I'd say Hi!
  11. Playful_Puppets

    Acapella Christmas music

    Don't know if anyone started a thread on Acapella Christmas music yet, so I figured it would be fun. I guess I'll start. I'm a big Monkeys fan, so naturally I love this one. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=c_hlYgCNFZc
  12. Playful_Puppets

    Hello!

    Just wanted to say hi and let you know a little about myself. I'm around 50 and going back to college at the moment for teaching special Ed elementary School. ( I make puppets to sell to help pay for my college, therefore my user name. ) Christmas is my favorite season. I love Christmas tunes all year long. Heh I love all the lights and glitter and glitz. I used to decorate outside, but since my kids were born, I decorate inside mostly now. I have three kids with autism and have a passion for B comedy horror films. My oldest son is in 7th grade and my twins are in 4th. My daughter is in gymnastics. Just wanted to say hi. Nothing is lonelier than being in a group and knowing no one. Heh Bryce
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