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  • 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.

Light in the Dark

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Loved watching to see whose lights would be turned out the latest in the season
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    College professor
  • Interests
    Blow molds, lights, model railroading, sports, scouts
  • Occupation
    College Professor
  • About my display
    In its 9th year. Expanded this year to include a blow mold nativity and several municipals.
  1. Mold Craft Boys

    I saw this recent completed listing on ebay. They look to be in great shape. Anyone on here the lucky buyer?
  2. This early snow on my blow molds

    I'm loving your lantern on the porch. Very nice look!
  3. Some places to shop for blow molds

    When I was at Seiter and Son they didn't take credit card. Bring cash! Cool store.
  4. L.A. Goodman Santa

    That is awesome! Love the original box. Enjoy!
  5. Curb Find

    Yes, the flame comes out. There are 2 small nubs on the throat of the flame, but once you get past those you are set!
  6. Curb Find

    Run the wire up through the candle from the base to the yellow flame. I have the bulb clipped in to the yellow flame using the standard blow mold light clip.
  7. Candles for sale

    Big J... if it makes it easier for you and your wife, I would buy 2 from you immediately if you get them. I live too far to come get them myself.
  8. Pole Mount Candle Blow Mold Question?

    Is the candle lit internally at all or is it only exterior illumination coming from the bulbs in the halo?
  9. Angels in Bronner's Picture

    Awesome info guys. Thank you so much.
  10. Angels in Bronner's Picture

    Several people have shared this picture from Bronner's and I'm sure I missed it at some point, but what are the angels in the foreground right? They are fantastic!!!
  11. It makes me feel good to see things left to rot lighted again

    The pics of the warehouse were in a prior thread. The link to the article is: http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/12/syracuse_christmas_past_see_inside_the_old_cooper_decorations_factory.html
  12. It makes me feel good to see things left to rot lighted again

    This is amazing. I would have made the trip up to Syracuse, too, if I had found out about it soon. The pictures from the warehouse look like something you'll never forget. Thanks for helping rescue such great pieces. Enjoy!
  13. When do you say...."I don't care..."

    I keep the lights up until after the 12th day of Christmas... for tradition & because I hate to see them go away! Actually, I think I'll put a wise men display out this year on the Epiphany to celebrate the coming of the magi. I know some cultures wait to add the wise men to their nativities until the 12th night. That is a neat tradition I'd like to do with my family.