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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 ddejarnett

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  • Birthday 04/09/1981

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    St. Peters, Missouri
  • Biography
    Starting to collect blowmolds. Have some that were passed down from other family members.
  • Interests
    Collecting blowmolds
  • Occupation
    IT Admin
  • About my display
    About 100 blowmolds, static display.

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  1. Everyone: I have renewed the domain name for one more year; paid out of my pocket. (until 2014 as amd250 pointed out) I will also continue to host the site for free. The site should be back online by Tuesday morning. David
  2. Matt - My bad experiences with GoDaddy's support outweigh the cost. I've registered over 50 domains with Netsol with next to no issues. Chris - The domain name renewal is $38 for the year plus a $25 reinstatement fee.
  3. Matt, Thanks for the offer. The problem isn't the hosting, it's the domain name renewal. I've been renewing it for the past few years, but since interest has dropped, I've decided not to pay to renew it. If someone would be willing to help pay for the renewal, I would keep the site going. David
  4. Everyone, It's been a long time since I've posted in this forum, and for that, I apologize. I simply wanted to make it known that until further notice, blow-molded.com will be offline. Interest in the site appears to be lacking and it doesn't make financial sense to continue paying for the hosting and domain name services. If you would be willing to make a financial contribution to the site, please contact me directly. Sincerely, David DeJarnett
  5. Blow-molded.com is back online. If you encounter any problems with the site, please let me know.
  6. Hi everyone! I wanted to keep everyone updated with what's going on with the blow-molded.com website. I think Mel has filled everyone in that Kevin Provost has been very busy with other things in his life and has not been able to maintain the site. Along with that, something happened the last time he updated it and most of the links and pictures got messed up. I know that this is a valuable resource for everyone, so I have stepped up and asked Kevin to mail me all of his images and site files on CD. Once I receive this CD, I will get the site back up and running as soon as I can. After the site is back up and running, I will begin to revamp the site (with Mel and Kevin's direction, of course) to make it load faster, searchable by keyword, and overall easier to use. Thank you for your patience through this transition. If you have any questions, please post them here or send me a PM. I know that Mel checks this site on a fairly regular basis, but I'm not sure about Kevin. If your question is for Kevin, you might be better off to send him a PM. David
  7. Hi everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! During the St. Louis Christmas parade on TV yesterday morning, I saw this commercial. I thought of everyone! http://www.dwdj.com/bm_commercial.wmv David P.S. Sorry if the video is a little slow.
  8. Hi everyone - First, thanks for all of the replies. The mold that I want to use two edison bases in is the GF Sleigh. I want to mount one in the Santa and one in the rear under the presents. I know that someone else posted pictures of doing this same thing and the sled looks a lot better. I have two other molds that I've done the same thing too. One is the GF 5' Santa; I placed one behind his dark green bag since GF uses REALLY dark green paint. And the other is my GF Train; I actually mounted three in this one just like the old Empire - One in the santa, one in the engine, and one in the smokestack. I use low wattage bulbs in the train (two 25wt and a 15wt) and in the Santa (40wt and 25wt) Is this dangerous? I didn't have any problems last season. Should I switch to CFL? Are they cooler? David
  9. I thought I saw a post on this last season, but after searching I can't find it. If I missed it, please shoot me the link. I just wanted to find out if I could splice two Edison bases together inside a mold to light it better. I thought this was OK, but I want to see what others thought. I also want to splice a C7 to an Edison base to replace the old wiring in my Poloron Carolers. Is this safe? Many thanks i advance. David
  10. Thanks everyone for your ideas. I wanted to see what other people might have done before I started cutting random holes in my mold! A.F. Nut - What size bulb did you use in yours? (c-7, etc.)
  11. Does anyone have any tips to improve how the Elf with Candy Cane from GF lights up? I thought about adding a C-7 on the top of the cane, but I'm more interested in lighting the face better. Any help? Thanks in advance.
  12. Sorry, I forgot some details. -Stands are not included -Local pickup available I'll take offers if anyone thinks that $25 is too much.
  13. I have two GF reindeer for sale. I'm asking $25 for both. Light kits are included, but no reins. One deer has a scuff and crack near antler. If interested, PM me your ZIP code for shipping quote.
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