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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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    I loved the christmas spirit and decorations
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    I love christmas
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    I try as hard as I can to not blow fuses

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  1. jlknox11

    snowman

    That’s a tpi version of the Poloron snowman you can tell from the extra plastic around the shovel. Here is the box
  2. Picked this up over the weekend I was amazed at how heavy it was. He came with his original shovel but the guy threw in an extra since it was getting brittle I’m very happy to add him to my collection! I actually feel better having the holiday innovations model since the Poloron one is kind of brittle due to age!
  3. I’m in Pennsylvania also and have a huge municipal collection message me sometime
  4. I almost bought this a few years ago but it’s huge! The guy updated the listing with a picture. He said it was from general plastics. It is similar to their pop up tree I bought 2 years ago. The pole gets pushed through the center and gets bolted to the stand then you run guy wires for support. Bronner actually has one outside here’s the photo:
  5. You can still buy these brand new on gp designs website. I bought 5 of them a couple years ago.
  6. I have a couple gingerbread snowmen that have faded to pink over the years it's just what happens to certain ones when they're in the sun. If you look at the gingerbread series you can tell the paint has been changed during production runs of these. Some years they were browner other years they were tan and then there was a time the paint had more of a yellow tint to it. I think the pink fading was just because of a formula mixture during the certain run of them and that's why there's only a few pink ones out there but I can testify that my tan gingerbread did indeed turn pink over the years and they were not bought in the pink color
  7. Funny you should mention that! I had to fix a Carolers nose because it was missing! Here's some photos. I used milk jugs and molded a nose for one. Here's some before, during, and after photos.
  8. Thanks! I didn't use any fancy tools or techniques either I just used cans of spray paint. I didn't even use tape to tape off the areas when I did the brown on the deer I sprayed at an angle so it would blend so to speak! The deer is my favorite I worked on these for a month. Here's a couple pics of them in the display. I used a red/orange shade on the Carolers is hey would blend with the others.
  9. I redid 5 Carolers and a fawn last year. I used oven cleaner to strip the heavy paint off it worked great!
  10. I just ordered my deer and sleigh. Can't wait to do this next year!
  11. I have an 8ft inflatable toy soldier($40) by gemmy. Also a 6ft reindeer($30) by gemmy holding a giant candy cane. An 8ft moose holding a present and candy cane.($40) and a 8ft Santa waving holding a hohoho sign. ($40) all work and are by gemmy all have working lights. The price is negotiable. I can ship these. Message me if interested and I can send you pictures.
  12. The choir singers not the Victorian carolers.
  13. I'm looking for a few. Message me.
  14. Message me if interested these do not have light cords. I bought them and never used them. The Shepard is a grand venture. The rest is empire. The child's nativity does have light cords and I'm throwing in an angel they need cleaned they are just dusty though. Like I said for sale or trade. Come with boxes too!
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