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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.

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  1. My nativity set. I painted the Joseph many years ago. Just didn't like the pink robe. He lights up great! Love this ox and donkey!
  2. I don't know about you but they just don't make the ox and donkey for outdoor nativity sets look that realistic anymore. I don't like the empire/general foam cow and donkey. They are too small and look like a child designed them. However I have been fortunate enough to find the poloron ones and they remain my favorite. I love how they light from underneath. The colors are so good on them. Hope if you have them you appreciate them as much as I do. Wonder what happen to these molds?
  3. I am on my way to K-mart now to check!! I am excited about this one. It was always my favorite. I wonder if older molds are finally coming back!?
  4. Carrie, Wow! Thanks for the advice and the step by step instructions for painting. I have two new carolers and I don't want to mess this up. Luckily I don't have to strip any of the paint since the part I want to paint is white. Mike
  5. Has anyone tried the Krylon Fusion spray paint that is available now on their blowmolds? I want to paint my choir girl and boy's skirts which are plain white. I thought red would look good since the two are mostly white. I realize the light will notshinethrough the plastic on the skirts but itdoesn't matter. Just wondering how the paint holds up. Maybe I should just leave well enough alone and keep them white. Seeking advice. Mike
  6. Anyone notice that the quality of the paint now a days on blowmolds is less than what it used to be. I saw a new set of the general foam Mary and Joseph on display in a store, the vintage looking ones that have been around for years, and the paint on the them make them look old already despite the fact that they are brand new. I noticed that you can't get the baby Jesus anymore with this set also. They have the cheaper looking Jesus lying in fake straw already attached to it. I am sure the plastic is not even of good quality like it used to be. Just a sad state of affairs, like everything now a days. Nothing is what it used to be:(!
  7. Bill, Thanks for the information. I know these are hard to find. I was interested in the 40" carolers.I will keep looking on ebay. Mike
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    Reuse of molds?

    Chad, I agree that the same molds used today by General Foam were the ones used by Poloron with the exception of the ox and donkey which were in my opinion way better with Poloron than today's. I have the 60's Poloron ones I won on ebay. The Mary and Joseph made by Poloron are a little different in size and the shepard is a bit different but overall they are the same ones. Mike
  9. Anyone know where I can find the boy and girl carolers with the redskirts made by Beco. They were from the 60's or early 70's. They are quite rare although I have seen several on ebay and have been outbid on them.
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