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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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    Just starting to automate my display!
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    My display is small until I get the hang of automation and allocating resources.

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  1. Hi all, I recently discovered the Cletus Santa municipal decoration. Does anyone know what this molded guy goes for these days. I would love to find one!! I would guess by this time the white garland would have to be replaced among other refurbishing. Thanks!
  2. Those are NICE! I just got some used strings (250 light multis), but will probably just use the reflectors for my red and green color scheme. They seem to fit the newer strings/bulbs, but I might have to use a dab of hot glue or something. I still think I have to find about 100 more clear petal reflectors though. When I lit the strings I received I was transported back to the good old days!
  3. Nah, I'm with you. Vintage all the way. I would love to find some of the good old fashioned plastic holly garland we had back in the day. That stuff was sharp enough to cut your fingers! It had mostly green but some white on the leaves, some red berries and there might have been some poinsettias on there too. It was good stuff, but probably considered tacky by most today. If I could find a bunch of that to go with any red/green flower reflector strings I might stumble upon, it will be a way-back machine Christmas!
  4. There's some out there on Ebay - just can't find the right combination/amount.
  5. It's never too early to start thinking of next year. We want to go retro next year as we have a lot of the old 70's-ish Poinsettia, Holly greenware to display. I was thinking of lighting the tree with Green and Red floral reflector light strings like I remember from my childhood. Something like these... http://www.ebay.com/bhp/vintage-flower-christmas-lights http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Chri...-/161181644862 You get the idea. I'm guessing I can't buy these sets new anywhere, but would definitely buy the covers/reflectors if someone still manufactures them. I would be looking for 200 ct each for red and green. Would also buy clear versions and replace bulbs with the colors if I had to. Can anyone help me in locating these gems? I sure hope so. Thanks in advance for any help!!
  6. That's UPS. If something is cheaper, let me know.
  7. $37ish. Shipping is a killer anymore. The odd size of package hurts too.
  8. Let me know if you want any of 'em, else there outta here...
  9. On the bright side, I did notice an uptick of the use of blowmolds in displays around where I live this year!
  10. I contacted Ken at Drainage and he indicated that his company "is no longer in the business of producing Blow-Molded Figures".
  11. Does anyone have an email contact at Drainage?
  12. Hi there, Is there a listing somewhere showing current blowmold producing companies?
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