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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.



donna123 last won the day on September 5 2018

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About donna123

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Scrooge with Albert Finney
  • Location
    Upstate NY
  • Biography
    Happily married mom of 3 and grandma of 3
  • Interests
    Christmas and Halloween blow molds
  • Occupation
    Retired from accounting/tax prep, now I babysit for my grandsons
  • About my display
    I have about 50 to 60 blow molds for Christmas and Halloween.

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  1. Sorry, I don't know. If I can get there today I will look. Thanks Big J :)
  2. My daughter sent me this picture from the Michael's store near us
  3. I forgot to mention that the above reindeer is inflatable
  4. QVC currently has a Kringle Express 12ft lit Reindeer for $89.90 on sale and I just checked and they are still in stock.
  5. LOL!!!!!!......My state is the extreme opposite, it happens and the gov doesn't go!!!..;)))))
  6. I'm in NY and our Walmart does not have any Christmas items yet.
  7. You got that right.....big time rip offs this year. I did not get any blow molds this summer and the way things are going I probably won't get any. I actually got a response back from a seller who had "make an offer" and was told they declined my offer, which was extremely generous. The reason was purely that they were holding out because "their checkbook wanted big bucks." I know that my wish list contains a few of the more desirable blow molds, but I just can't get myself to spend $75.00 to $100.00 or more for a table top size blow mold.
  8. I would love to see how they paint them so perfectly.
  9. Big J, OMG! Here's a pic of our little guy, a working cocker spaniel. He looks so sweet sleeping in front of the fire on a cold day, especially when the room is decorated for Christmas. We also have a cat. She is 16 years old and they get along great. We have to use a Gentle Leader on the dog because even at only 27 lbs he can still knock me off balance when he takes off after a chipmunk or whatever. The Gentle Leader was a life saver for us. He stopped pulling immediately.
  10. Nice pails....Is that black paint? The lines are perfectly straight, especially the nose. It doesn't look like it was sprayed.
  11. Mel, Thanks for the inside views. It's impressive!
  12. Mel, do you have a limit as to how many of the exact same blow molds you are willing to keep in storage? I just realized that you received 70 last month and I don't have 70 in my entire collection......WOW! I showed your pics to my husband and he was amazed.
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