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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 DeniseR

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  • Birthday 02/26/1954

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    Coal Center, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Interests
    farming, woodworking and oh yeah...blowmolds!
  • Occupation
    Small farm, horses and chickens

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  1. I know! I was watching those too and couldn't believe what they went for...
  2. Wow, That looks great! Yep, gotta add that to my wish list too...Nice job Kev!
  3. DeniseR

    Help!

    I do the same thing as Dave. That's how I've got my line of soldiers. One long cord with a C7 socket every two feet and a plug at the end. I've got them hooked into a fader/flasher so they fade off and on again. Looks cool...
  4. Oh Cool! Thanks Bob. I'll have to get down there and see it.
  5. Wow Tom. That is a great collection and the way you have them displayed looks great. Inspires me to gather all my little ones together. Thanks for the pictures!
  6. Hi Jonathan, Can't wait to see you Santa's!
  7. Hey Brad, I got one just like that about a month ago for 19.99 and 7.00 shipping. No one else bid on it. Guess I lucked out.
  8. Hey Bob, Yep, That's exactly what I had heard too. And Thanks Mel for the information...
  9. I was in Pittsburgh a few weeks ago and came upon this corner lot with all these blowmolds in it!...I took a few pictures. My partner says these are "ornaments" that go on some big tree downtown. Guess they were getting them out and ready to go. It was sure nice seeing them up close (well as close as I could get). They're not the best pictures (I was using my phone) but I hope you still enjoy them...
  10. Hi 91Mustang, Hope you'll post some pictures this Christmas...
  11. Yeah, I know they are... Carrie saw the pictures last summer. I just bought the sleigh a couple months ago to go with my deer. So now I have the Santa, deer and sleigh, oh yeah, and the little round snowman that I'm going to sit in the sleigh with Santa.
  12. Thanks Gidget and Daryl my shepherd arrived this week safe and sound...Hey did anyone get one of those 31" carrot nosed snowmen that they'd like to sell? I missed that on the original list...
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