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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. 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.

frank shirley

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About frank shirley

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  • Birthday 04/17/1968

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  • Location
    marathon, wi
  • Biography
    I've been a antique Christmas ornament collector 25 years. I collect antique ornaments and lights.
  • Interests
    Fishing, construction and Christmas.
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  • About my display
    Mostly indoor display, including villages and antique ornaments.
  1. Anyone Seen A Ceramic Empire Nativity?

    I owned a ceramic shop from 1982 - 1995. That mold was introduced in the early 90's. (I don't remember off the top of my head which company made the molds). We purchased that set of molds and poured them for a couple of years. The set of molds included all the pieces in the Empire set; the Holy family, the 3 kings, the shepherd, two sheep and the cow and donkey. The pieces were the same size as the Empire set. The mold company that made the mold had taken the original plastic pieces and enhanced the detail in the molds, so the cast ceramic pieces had more detail than the original blow molded pieces.