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Christmas Wreaths

Roundy green thing On my door, Decked with ribbons, Bows and more. The scent of pine From woven leaf, My lovely, festive, Christmas wreath. Wreaths are decorative displays that can be found in homes and businesses throughout the year; however, for many, wreaths are a seasonal decoration, and the holiday most often connected with wreaths […]


Should we use old tinsel or new tinsel? Shall we call it tinsel, lametta, rain, or icicles? Should we use just a little or lots and lots of it? Shall I place it on the tree one strand at a time or throw it on in clumps? Save it for next year? Toss it out […]

The Delicious Origins of the Candy Cane

Candy canes are now as much a part of Christmas as evergreen trees, ornaments, and presents piled under the tree; but no one really knows their entire history. We do know that they originated in Germany about 300 years ago. You might be surprised to know that they were not always red and white with […]

Frosty the Snowman

Frosty the Snowman is a lucky guy! Why, you say? Well, Frosty is in the middle of celebrating TWO birthdays! That’s right…TWO! How is that possible? Let us tell you all about it. We recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the first airing of the Rankin/Bass Productions TV cartoon special Frosty the Snowman. It has […]

Gingerbread Men

When you think about gingerbread at Christmas, probably the first thing that comes to mind is the flat, spicy cookie that is made into men whose heads you bite off! Did you ever wonder why “gingerbread men” are shaped like men in the first place? The answer can be traced back hundreds of years. Queen […]

Rudolph is 80 Years Old!

“‘Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the hills… The reindeer were playing, enjoying the spills.” Sound a little like The Night Before Christmas? Well, that was not an accident! Everyone was already quite familiar with Clement C. Moore’s story and its rhyming tale. So, the author of Rudolph’s story decided to “play” off […]

The History of the Putz Village

The History of the Putz Village and Cardboard Christmas Houses By Pete Oehman Most of us get a warm, fuzzy feeling when we think of Christmas and automatically reflect upon our childhood memories. Christmas trees bedazzled with lights and ornaments, wreaths, stockings hung by the chimney and all the wondrous decorations that would make any […]

Intro to Bubble Lights

A Quick Primer on those Magical Bubbling Christmas Lights by Gene Teslovic Bubble-Lites or Bubble Lights? What’s the difference? For the purpose of this article, we will be talking about “bubble lights,” the category of antique Christmas lighting that started in the 1940s. When you see it spelled “Bubble-Lites” it refers specifically to NOMA’s proprietary […]