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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 bigballo

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  • Birthday 11/17/1963

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  • Location
    greenwood, Indiana, USA
  • Biography
    We are 40 something I work as a sprinklerfitter sevice tech and am on call 24/7 my wife is self employed as a manicurest.In are spare time we have three grand children that keeps us moving
  • Interests
    learning a little more about blow mold AND GRAND BABIES!!!
  • Occupation
    sprinkler fitter
  • About my display
    We had a small display ,lights on the house a few blow molds in the yard nothing to big,until the first grand baby and then it was like we have to cover every inch of yard.LOL
  1. pole barn on pallet racks
  2. might ask kevin if he needs pics for blow mold site
  3. the light will give you an idea of who made it,beco has a disk with a pole going into the bottom of the pc.. general foam has a white button on the back with the light attached
  4. no idea and I didn't think to ask.I found it at a shop close to ft. wayne indiana.My work has me traveling all over the state so when I have time I'll stop at flea markets, or mom and pop shops just to look around,never no what you'll find.
  5. I bought that santa at a fleamarket a few years ago,mine had an eye bolt at the top to hang it,no idea who made it but was told it was a gas station decoration
  6. we use the 3 plug in cords hundreds of them one plugged into the next all over the yard,never had any trouble,buy them after christmas for pennies on the dollar just make sure your plugged into a gfi safety first
  7. I'll try to get you a pick next weekend when we start getting halloween out.The runners can be purchased through gf there the same.
  8. we have that and yes it is the same as the reindeer crossing,the large lolipop and in a different color(orange and black) several for halloween.the north pole had a different shape not as big and more of an oval shape.
  9. we have 14 outdoor sets,we try to rotate a new set each year.
  10. I would guess general foam, one of there bad paint job
  11. try the blow molded site under empire there are good pics of the set
  12. if you have a fedex account check your rates,in some cases they where cheaper to ship with,even when parcel post was around.But you need an account to get the better rate.
  13. try the old post,I believe Mel posted several cat.
  14. there is also Drainage sorry I don't rember the name of the company but, if you check the old post you will find the name of the company remaking some of the grand venture molds
  15. Keep on eye out at garage sales,they pop up from time to time
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