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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.
The Blow Mold Expert

Prange's Department Store Windows Circa 1960

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This is a beautiful video of Prange's Department Store windows in downtown Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1960.  Prauges had a contract with Silvestri for their windows for basically thier entire run.  Silvestri chipmunks on a log and forest animals really confirmed it in this video.  Video

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Absolutely loved that.  I didn’t live there, but in downtown Cleveland we had Higbee’s, who also had animated Christmas displays.  What made your video so enjoyable was the music.  And the Kresge store across the street did not go unnoticed.

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Yes, absolutely.  Higbee’s motto was, ‘We will not be undersold’.  They’re long gone, and the Jack Casino is operating in that building.

Only a little more than 5 months before we can start decorating again!   I’m still in the market for a Santa train blow mold to use with my rotator motor.  This is a very heavy-duty motor that was once used to spin and electrify gas station signs, like Sunoco and Shell.  Or, if anyone on this forum has a better idea of how to use my motor, I’m open for ideas.

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I agree.  Shame all that had to come to an end when Higbee’s closed.  Seeing those animated displays is what spiked my interest and enthusiasm toward displays that move and entertain.  Nothing wrong with lights-only on a house, it’s just that I want something different than my neighbors.  Thnx for your response.

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