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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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About wildcj

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  • Birthday 08/29/1964

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  • Location
    Woodbury, Minnesota, USA
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    Decorating, Wireframes, Blowmolds, Football, Coaching
  • Occupation
    City Carrier for Minneapolis Post Office

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  1. Chuck, I feel your pain. I just bought a santa's best Winnie the Pooh and shipping was like $45.00. Absolutely ridiculous! That really irks me that those two guys would do something like that :/ Thanks for getting back to me, Sadie

  2. Sadie, the shipping became way to much and there a two guys up here now that fight over molds. If they do not get the first call in to pick up/buy molds that are being sold, well they quickly tell the seller that they are being ripped off and should sell them on Ebay or somewhere else for higher prices. So between that and the shipping cost, I went on the Overtime list at the USPS and make much more money with no headaches..LOL....

  3. Hi Chuck, a few years back I purchased some blow molds from your site. Why did you take it down? It was really a diamond in the rough. Thanks, Sadie

  4. wildcj

    Weekend weather

    Tim, They made us go out and try to deliver. My first two blocks on a average day takes 18 minutes. Well it took me 1 hr and 40 mins. Finally the Postmaster of Minnesota recalled all carriers around NOON. By that time I had only delivered 3 1/2 blocks (after being on the street for 3 hrs). I left the station at 2pm to go home to Woodbury even after my wife begged me to get a hotel room. I got lucky and made it onto 494 and thought I had stepped into a war zone. Cars crashed everywhere, SUV's flying by me and hitting the guard rails or going into the ditch. What a nightmare..oh and it took me 2 hrs to get from Bloomington to Woodbury. But I made it home..LOL As for the city they came by even again today and pushed it up even higher. I do not think they can go any higher..LOL. The Woodbury paper is coming out on Friday to do an article on my buried display and on my Grandfathers cutouts. So I got something good out of it this year.
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    Weekend weather

    Tim, If I had the time I would, but now that the storm has hit, well the good ole USPS is now way behind. I am working 12 hr days 6 days a week and truly am exhausted by the time I get home. By the way I leave to go to work when it is dark and come home when it is dark..LOL....sorry not standing up and preaching as I am sure others are in the same boat. But I am too afraid to walk into my yard in the dark as to step on something or injure myself. I would love to get out there but just not possible. One last thing the Woodbury Public Works Snowtrucks decided to come by AGAIN today and make the wall even higher so if I could dig it out, it would be very difficult for anyone to see over it....Maybe next year....
  6. wildcj

    Weekend weather

    I will be coming by everyone's that I can this year. I guess I will be able to buy extra presents this year since I do not have to pay the energy bill now. I went out today and walked around and laughed. There is no way I can dig out my entire display. Heck a snow drift has now buried one of my Mr. Christmas Mickey Mouse frames. And that is very tall. LOL
  7. wildcj

    Woodbury bus tour

    That is correct. The city dropped the tour bus and contest 2 years ago but Woodbury Days took it over. This year they informed the city that they were no longer doing it. So its over..LOL. I do miss the big bus'es rolling by...
  8. wildcj

    Weekend weather

    Northern, just re-read your post. Same on my Chilly Willys, you see just a white ball. LOL.... My polar bears are gone as well. I am thinking early March to find and recover them....
  9. wildcj

    Weekend weather

    My display is shut down now for the year. Between the snow and the drifts, well pretty much my blowmolds are gone...Buried as well are 1/2 of my wireframes. My school house is totally buried, I have 36 and 39 inch snowmen totally buried or a hat or head barely sticking out. My drummer bears and kneeling santa are totally buried, but you can see the heads of my 2 Poloron Choir Peeps. No way of digging it all out, so I just pulled the power for the year. Oh well.. Minnesota weather.
  10. wildcj

    Vandals got me

    I agree on the rabbit issues. I also thought a couple of times that someone came into my yard and snipped one of my older Mr. Christmas cords. But after looking at it closely and finding rabbit droppings close by it was clear that the silly rabbit bit my cord off...LOL
  11. wildcj

    Rain = no show

    Slash I am in the same boat that you are in tonight. I have 3 sections out due to the rain, so I shut it down. I knew it was going to happen as when I put in my outlets the first thing the electrician told me was if it rained, the GFCI's will do their job and trip. And they did exactly that. Lets hope we get some of that nice snow they are predicting and it gives us back the ground insulator that we need.
  12. Ernie, I do not get online very often. This week has been unusual for me to get on here twice. I went once close to 4 months without getting online and honestly I never even say that thread. Even if I did, everyone would have wanted it but not paid the shipping on it. Shipping is way to high on a mold like that which truly can be found at your local garage sale.
  13. Sorry, but I didnt need it and tried to give it away many of times......It was hogging up space..
  14. Dave, I truly just threw away the snowman on the left last week. Sorry if I knew I would have gave it to you.
  15. wildcj

    Weekend weather

    Tim, can't wait to see your display this year. I got lucky and got 99 percent done before the snow it. Day after the snow I finished it and my last big (new frames) coming from Indiana went out today. So I hope to be 100 percent up and running on the 24th.
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