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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.

RichardG

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About RichardG

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  • Birthday 07/05/1992

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  • Website URL
    http://www.gierlichchristmas.weebly.com

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    No.
  • Location
    Interlachen, Florida
  • Biography
    The name is Richard.
  • Interests
    Blow molds
    Inflatables
    Trains
  • Occupation
    N/A
  • About my display
    My display consists of blow mols and inflatables. And lots of lights.
    Each year something new is added.

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  1. Back was never painted. And to me paint looks good. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. RichardG

    Huge score

    Correct. GFP also made it too Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Crack is an easy fix. If the plastic will push back together you can use a glue good for plastics. I’ve used hot glue in the past and have used quick grip glue. Just have to make sure it will dry clear and not yellow. Also heard of others who used shoe glue and e6000. Good luck! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. From what I could read on the price tags. Some of those prices are actually decent retail. $50 for the palace guard/soldier. $50 for the butt deer. Those flat green trees one sold on eBay for $40 a month ago. So I’d pay that price seeing GF is gone and almost all those molds got scrapped. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Bad thing is I’m serious about wanting to purchase a couple from them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Wow what store? Would love a couple of the flat green trees in your last pic Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. May be in luck. Some stores still had them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Rolls. Yes. I grabbed a bunch every chance I got when I was there lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Lowe’s or Home Depot? Lowe’s has candles, canes and soldiers along with Mickey and Minnie. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Who else hit up Home Depot for their Black Friday sale on the blow mold candy canes? $25 a piece. Pic is not mine. Friend sent it to me. I haven’t even got to look at mine yet lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Cool gadget Mel, thanks for sharing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. What’s your secret on the bag making. What do you use? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. RichardG

    Huge score

    Awesome score for sure. Whole GV set is awesome. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. No, I’m saying they are the same company lol. Sucks can’t get them in the US. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. They are the same company who made the Nativity sold at Walmart this year. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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