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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.

Way Up North

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About Way Up North

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  • Birthday 09/16/1976

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  • Location
    Canada
  • Biography
    Just aquired some older Halloween and Christmas blowmolds, first year doing a big display
  • Interests
    vintage seasonal decor
  • Occupation
    none
  • About my display
    1st year, bought out the neighbors who were retiring from their seasonal set-up

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  1. Thank you for sharing this! I’m in Canada and the big bulb lights show in stock at my local store, know where I’m headed tomorrow!
  2. I think I understand it except what plastic rings are you talking about?
  3. I have a TPI snowman that only fits a C7 bulb, he is very dim and I'd like to put in a brighter LED chandelier. I can leave the bulb hole opening as is so the spring clip still fits but would like to enlarge a lower hole in his base so I can reach my arm up to screw in the larger bulb from the inside. I also need a larger access to weight him better as our home gets a lot of wind and he is constantly blowing away. I've never cut into a blowmold before, any tips to make it look tidy and do it easily? What tools to use? Thanks!
  4. Came across one of these guys, as shown on the blowmolded site here http://www.blow-molded.com/TPI___Santa_Claus.html, the large 41" one with the teddy bear and blue sack. Can't seem to find any ebay history online, any idea what his value would be? I assume this one is not very common if only made for 1 year? Thanks!
  5. Thanks so much for this and sorry for such a slow reply! I'm amazed by the knowledge on here. Was going to sell this guy but couldn't do it, he's now a part of the blowmold Christmas family here.
  6. Any info appreciated, local find, I've never seen one like him before. Thanks!
  7. Interesting bigballo, any idea which gas station or decade? Are you also in Canada?
  8. Very nice. I thought I was lucky to find the same santa with only one deer a few years back! Now I know what the rest should look like.
  9. Hi, I brought them inside. No they don't spin, they are fixed in place (definitely no pole) and a single regular household bulb attached inside at the bottom. There is a little hole in the very top of each (about the size of a straw opening) that I could look down into when lit to see. I think I came across the heat motion lamps you mentoned though when I was googling. On closer inspection they are a regular blowmold white plastic but then have another coloured plastic overlay overtop to create the design and it has an overlapping seam down the back. The design to me looks very mid-century.
  10. I know the center snowman is TPI made in Canada, but the other 2 cone shaped ones I have never seen anything like similar and can't seem to find anything on the internet. They are a harder thicker plastic than typical blowmolds, maybe fibreglass? 39" tall and have a metal base to them on metal legs which the previous owner attached to wood blocks. No makers marks that I can see but the electrical looks very old, it is two separate red and black wires that go to the plug. The owner I'd guess was in his mid 80's and said they belonged to his inlaws before him. I'm absolutely thrilled to have found them, but would love to know a bit more about them.
  11. Thanks again for all the info and the warm welcome! I'm sure I'll be able to track something down. I have 2 little kids so spare time to do this kind of stuff is pretty limited but they definitely enjoy the decorations when they are up. Makes it all so worthwhile.
  12. C7 with the butterfly clip, that's exactly what they are. That's why nothing was coming up searching for C4. I will try the craft & hardware stores around here, I was wondering if a switch would be okay or not outside. If anyone happens to know an online source for ones without switches, I'd love to know about that too. Thanks! Autumn
  13. Hi, this is such a cool site & forum! I'm new here and tried to find this answer with a search but couldn't come up with anything so forgive me if it has already been answered. We are just starting to do a big Christmas (and Halloween) set up for the first time. I acquired some outdoor Christmas blow mold candles at a charity sale and two of them need new wiring, one has the metal missing in where the lightbulb screws in and the other has a cut through the cord, they take the smaller sized traditional Christmas bulbs (C4's?). I think they may be Union as they came with a Santa that is Union, but I don't see a maker's mark. I'm wondering if anyone knows where I could get replacement wiring units for these? I thought I would be able to find some on ebay but no luck yet. I also tried General foam but can't tell exactly what they sell as there are no pics and they won't ship to Canada anyway. Thanks! Autumn
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