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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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    2. They had some at mine but plastic is supper thin like milk jug. I would have gotten one but all the bottoms had some damage to them. Also my store is so under staff they have zero Christmas out:(
    3. We went by a Walmart today, and I was so impressed with their blow molds that I bought the dog and the penguin. They really look good lit up (I promise I’ll download pics when I can). We don’t have the green toy soldiers. I was thinking few states carried those last year. Has anyone outside of Texas found the soldiers at their Walmart?
    4. Thanks I'll have to take a look. I thought maybe it was the name of that weird looking mouse 'mold or something. TED
    5. The following is from the Bronner's E-mail newsletter: "FREE SHIPPING! Order now and receive Free Economy shipping on in-stock orders of $50 or more in the continental U.S. (oversize charges extra). Enter code 823 at time of checkout or mention on phone order 800-361-6736. (Phones answered 9am-9pm Eastern Monday – Saturday and Noon-7pm Sunday). Offer expires 10/15/20 and is not valid with other offers, on prior or special orders, or for commercial, wholesale or custom ornament departments. CODE: 823" Enjoy! TED
    6. Hey, Scott Rob, I tried those numbers but the minions don’t come up. Since you gave me the phone number for your local Lowe’s, I will call them in the morning. Thank you for helping me and providing those numbers. I’ll let you know how it ends up. Scott McK
    7. I think the item numbers are 2127478 the other 2127479 below is my receipt with the minion and other items. You can call this Lowe’s they are very helpful.
    8. I tried to blow up the pictures I had but I did not take one that up close. Next time I go I will try and remember to take pictures it might be a few weeks.
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    10. Thnx for the pics, but I actually need the Lowe’s item number, it’s on the label at the store along w/the price. Please.
    11. Add this picture so you could see light cord compared to union bear, SH /GV pumpkin, and sun hill witch/ ghost. I figured most people on this site has one of them:)
    12. These are the two I have two eye one is Otto the one eye is Stewart. They are Lowe’s only item in store only. Add this picture so you could see size compared to union bear, GV pumpkin, and sun hill witch. I figured most people on this site has one of them:)
    13. Does anyone have the Lowe’s item no. for the minion blow molds? Thnx.
    14. Hi Kris - so sorry to hear that you lost the full-body purchase of these items. I know we have a few blowmold folks that attend Christmas Expo but I don't know if they follow us here. A few places I have seen vintage blowmolds for sale have been Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and Goodwill and Salvation Army stores (but only around the holidays). Hope this helps! Janice
    15. Hi I was interested in finding any info on restoration artistic latex form choir kids. I recently purchased 2 bodies ( they lost their heads to an eBay auction winner that only wanted the heads)I was outbid by a dollar at the last second for the complete set including heads🙁 I couldn’t let the bodies be tossed so I purchased them post auction. They arrive next week and wanted to get a jump on cleaning and restoring them also hopefully at least finding One head before Christmas lol There are 2 major issues. One body has the hymn book broken off most of the way so it needs to be reattached
    16. Hi I was interested in finding any info on restoration artistic latex form choir kids. I recently purchased 2 bodies ( they lost their heads to an eBay auction winner that only wanted the heads)I was outbid by a dollar at the last second for the complete set including heads🙁 I couldn’t let the bodies be tossed so I purchased them post auction. They arrive next week and wanted to get a jump on cleaning and restoring them also hopefully at least finding One head before Christmas lol There are 2 major issues. One body has the hymn book broken off most of the way so it needs to be reattached
    17. Hi, For a few days I have not been able to access this group on tapatalk on my phone. I don't login, simply read the posts, but now all pages are empty. Not sure if it is a tapatalk issue, or something else is going on. I'd love to be able to continue reading the posts on tapatalk if it is possible. I do see pictures in the gallery though... Any suggestions? Thanks!
    18. My local Lowes have four of each one.
    19. It’s an amazing site that I think Big J had mentioned months ago. I just bought two Union Teddy bears for $66 total. It’s hard to find those on sleaze-bay for less than $50 each, not counting shipping costs.
    20. My Walmart had all Christmas in big boxes still.:( below is Halloween blow mold the plastic is very thin like milk bottle. Everyone of them had damage to bottom so I passed. They did have a end cap of old Mold from GFP pumpkins made in Mexico.
    21. TED Ted, Mercari is an online selling site like ebay and etsy.
    22. I have a set of Gemmy Applights c9 and one bulb is always red no matter what setting I use. I tried doing the factory reset to no avail. Do they make a replacement bulb? Because they are past the warranty time, the company isn't much help. They told me the problem was internal and they need to be replaced. Or I can just put up with having one red bulb.
    23. I agree the prices have been going up alot. Every time I see these big jump in prices I cringe and think back about my trip to GFP. When GFP was open I went there, they had two tables of Table top blow molds with another table of odd ball stuff ( sample molds) for $5 each. I past on most of it. I could kick myself every time I think my wife was right! she said when we there you should buy extra to sell. I thought the price would not go up much:) boy was I wrong! Below are a few pictures from that trip. On far right is side of pictures are a few of tables. I also passed o
    24. The pumpkin lamp was really more than I wanted to pay. But it looked cool to me. It was $49 and since I live in Georgia it was mailed to me. They have processing fee and shipping I did get a grinch as well so subtracting that it comes to 55.38
    25. There have been a few discussions about this. I went through some of the old posts and found the one below. I know there are others if you want to take the time to search. (The actual search feature was not very helpful.) Meh....there's good and bad to switching. Rich I don't know what kind of a search you did there but you get the prize for posting the longest URL! FYI, most of that stuff is extraneous. All you need is ebay.com/itm/item# for example: https://www.ebay.com/itm/254482503280
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