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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.
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  • 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.

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  1. Beautiful display! I love how you arrange little scenes for all of the holidays but you did a really nice job on this Christmas display.
  2. Thank you Mel for the catalog. You are always generous with your time and knowledge.
  3. As you can see, mine is a little faded but the eyes still maintain their color. There are no markings on it at all. It is 33 1/2 inches tall.
  4. I like your Sta-Puff guy! You have an interesting array of inflatables. Do you keep them inflated during the day or how do you handle daytime with the material on the roof?
  5. They are a nice idea but I'd be leery about the quality. Years ago I bought some lollipops from them and the painted details were terrible. They were either smudged or not aligned properly on the lollipop. This was years ago so maybe their quality has improved.
  6. Thanks Tom. I didn't even know that there was a white version but I REALLY like it. The Santa part is different and I think I like it better because it looks more realistic but any version of Poloron is nice. Mine is like the picture that Mel showed but I enjoyed seeing your version. Thanks for the picture. BTW, I like your M & M guys.
  7. That is perfect Mel! Exactly what I was looking for! Thank you very much. It is greatly appreciated. My Santa has black gloves and your picture has yellow gloves. Were there 2 versions? I especially like how the picture shows where the gold should be on the beard. It will be a big help.
  8. No one has a picture of a Poloron sleigh? Or has one in their display? It doesn't have to be your sleigh, it can be a picture from a catalog or website. I've stripped it and am now on the painting stage. Any help would be appreciated.
  9. Love the pirate's chest Well done! Did you use foam to make it?
  10. I really wouldn't suggest gluing coroplast to wood. Some R/C airplane folks have found a way of gluing 2 pieces of coroplast together but it uses Superglue type glue. The only problem is that Superglue doesn't bond well with porous materials like wood. The problem is that you are trying to glue porous material(wood) with non porous materials(coroplast) and glues aren't really all purpose. I've tried durabond and other glues and found out the hard way that they doesn't work. My suggestion would be to use bolts and fender washers. Here's the link on gluing 2 pieces of coroplast. http://www.recumbents.com/mars/pages/proj/misc/coroglue.html
  11. Here the sleigh that I'm referring to. Any help would be appreciated.
  12. You have a very impressive collection. I like your pail collection. My favorite is the tall on the left in the 5th picture. It is an unusual shape and size. I wish I had the room to display so many inside like you do.
  13. Nice molds and even nicer prices. Sorry you missed out.
  14. I have a full sized Poloron sleigh that I would like to refinish because it was painted over. Poorly I might add. I remember seeing a picture here from someone who did a repaint of one with gold accents. Does anyone have a picture of the original Poloron sleigh or the repaint? Many thanks
  15. Thanks for the link. Your house is absolutely perfect for a gingerbread house! Love the candy canes and mints around the windows. You did a really nice job on those and your entire house. The Santa and Snowman are interesting. They don't look like blow molds. What are they made of?
  16. Thanks very much for taking and posting the pictures Mel. I thought that it was supposed to be hung by wire but now I can see that a suction cup is how it is supposed to be mounted. Of course, mine doesn't include the suction cup.
  17. Fantastic glimpse at your gingerbread house. You have me intrigued. Do you have a larger picture?
  18. I was hoping to start mine this weekend but I doubt that I'll be able to. We are still suffering with floods from the hurricane. It rained all week and my front yard has flooded again! I'm afraid that my graveyard will float away so I'll have to wait until it dries out. I am so jealous and anxious to get started. I made some new elements and they are sitting my family room right now.
  19. I'm glad that you got it and will share your findings. Hopefully it will have some interesting information on it.
  20. I believe it was but honestly, I really don't remember the details except that they said that it was from Noma. I wrote that part down because I've been wondering who made it for years.
  21. I have this one too. I checked and there are no markings on mine either. I recently saw one on ebay and they were claiming that is was from Noma.
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