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  • 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 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.

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    Here are a few more pictures. In the first picture you can see more of the train tender cars. There are two engines and 14 tender cars.
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    Yes, he is fiberglass. I light him up with a LED spotlight.
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    Hi there. This is my first post. I’m a long-time reader of the site. I recently purchased this sign that has Howdy Doody and Santa Claus on it. I believe it’s considered a blow mold - though not a traditional yard decoration. Anyways, it lights with a small bulb in the back. However, the plastic is very brittle and has started cracking at the two bottom corners. I have two questions. First, has anyone repaired this, or something similar, with any kind of liquid plastic stuff? Secondly, has anyone ever remounted a sign like this so there’s better coverage (using maybe 4 bulbs instead of one)? Thanks, in advance!
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    He was found at a garage sale about 4 years ago.
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    I think the Humpty Dumpty was a toy box. We decided it would go great in our misfit toy section. I have more pictures to put up that shows the full train that I will post shortly.
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