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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.
Buddy McCarrier

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Silly duck, Post a picture of the new refinished Empire Prototype Howard!

Ok Buddy if you insist! LOL Here he is I got him back in the fall and went back and fourth on what to do with him, he had a few breaks and his paint was very rough, the collector in me said leave him alone it's a proto type, but then I got him to display and coulden't display him the way he was, the OCD in me LOL. So after picking Carries brain yet again, I got him fixed then painted some of him, the worst part was the white yellow and orange. So I redid those colors only. The rest is original, there was some orange under the beak that was intact and not faded also some yellow on the bottom of the basket so I color matched these two colors and feel I got it as close to exact as possible. I studied my CD a lot too and he matches the Empire catalog page well. He will be in the window looking out at the display! I still can't hardly believe I got him. Here he is with the Empire/GF bunny to give you an idea on size. Here's Howard.

Tom

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Fantastic job Tom on the restoration on this Empire Prototype!

I look forward to seeing him in your Easter Display!

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Guest A.F.NUT

Looks like he's hitting on her! ;)

Oh you have no idea! I have to keep those two seperated!

Tom

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Ok Buddy if you insist! LOL

Tom

I guess you didn't get my subtle hint in the other thread so I'm glad that Buddy asked to see him. lol

He looks great Tom. As usual, you did an outstanding job! I agree with Matilda, he does look like he's hitting on her saying "How about coming to my pond to see my Easter eggs?"

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Guest A.F.NUT

I guess you didn't get my subtle hint in the other thread so I'm glad that Buddy asked to see him. lol

He looks great Tom. As usual, you did an outstanding job! I agree with Matilda, he does look like he's hitting on her saying "How about coming to my pond to see my Easter eggs?"

Thanks, he does have that expression! Glad to share him with you.

Tom

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Umm Uhh wait until mister bunny hears about this!!! :)

If Mr. and all his friends get together I will have fur and feathers flying, lets try to keep this quiet!

Tom

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Guest Matilda

Umm Uhh wait until mister bunny hears about this!!! :)

Yea... well I heard she caught Mr. at the henhouse... so this is her revenge. ;)

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Ok Buddy if you insist! LOL Here he is I got him back in the fall and went back and fourth on what to do with him, he had a few breaks and his paint was very rough, the collector in me said leave him alone it's a proto type, but then I got him to display and coulden't display him the way he was, the OCD in me LOL. So after picking Carries brain yet again, I got him fixed then painted some of him, the worst part was the white yellow and orange. So I redid those colors only. The rest is original, there was some orange under the beak that was intact and not faded also some yellow on the bottom of the basket so I color matched these two colors and feel I got it as close to exact as possible. I studied my CD a lot too and he matches the Empire catalog page well. He will be in the window looking out at the display! I still can't hardly believe I got him. Here he is with the Empire/GF bunny to give you an idea on size. Here's Howard.

Tom

Tom that is a superb restoration on "howard" :)

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Thanks Frank and Candee, I am proud of him! And Matilda news travels fast! She is getting even, no more baby bunnies for a while!

Tom

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Guest A.F.NUT

He was there only gathering eggs!! I swear

That's his story and he's sticking to it!

Tom

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Guest Matilda

Yea... well wait til Howard's wife gets a hold of him! Let's not forget what Melissa Duck did to Daffy when she caught him!! :eek:

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Guest A.F.NUT

Yea... well wait til Howard's wife gets a hold of him! Let's not forget what Melissa Duck did to Daffy when she caught him!! :eek:

Oh never thought of that! I can afford to loose a bunny or two but not the duck! I better do something with those two!

Tom

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Thanks Frank and Candee, I am proud of him! And Matilda news travels fast! She is getting even, no more baby bunnies for a while!

Tom

You know speaking of baby bunnies.... I got my brand new bunnie with the duck on the belly from Miles Kimball today and my bunny stack should be here tomorrow and I have my nose pressed against the window watchin and waitin for my.... (Drum roll please) .... Mr TPI Bunny!!! The babies are getting here before the Mr. LoL!

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You know speaking of baby bunnies.... I got my brand new bunnie with the duck on the belly from Miles Kimball today and my bunny stack should be here tomorrow and I have my nose pressed against the window watchin and waitin for my.... (Drum roll please) .... Mr TPI Bunny!!! The babies are getting here before the Mr. LoL!

You will love the bunny stack and your TPI MR. even more! Cant wait to see pics.

Tom

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Wow,

Tom that is excellent! Compared to the condition I found that poor guy sitting upside down in an old trash bin. Wonderful work.

Chuck

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