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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.
Carrie Sansing

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To my many friends here in the blow mold forum, I want to thank each of you for all that you have given to me over the years. Your friendships, advice, what I have learned from so many of you has been incredible. Due to personal circumstances, good ones I might add, I have to step away from being the moderator of this forum as well as the other forums on PC. It's been my honor and my pleasure for a long time. And I thank each of you for all that you have given to me throughout.

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To my many friends here in the blow mold forum, I want to thank each of you for all that you have given to me over the years. Your friendships, advice, what I have learned from so many of you has been incredible. Due to personal circumstances, good ones I might add, I have to step away from being the moderator of this forum as well as the other forums on PC. It's been my honor and my pleasure for a long time. And I thank each of you for all that you have given to me throughout.

Carrie,

I'm glad that your "personal circumstances" are good ones. I miss talking with you on PC. Best Wishes. See you next year in Chicago ???????

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It's been a week or so since I've been here, sad to see you go. I know we had fun in the past here... not sure what happened there but fun times nonetheless! See you in 2012 and catch you, I'll be showing some repaints and display pics soon ;)

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Carrie, I'm happy to see you stepping down as mod on good circumstances. Thank you for all the knowledge you've brought to PC as mod and maybe one of these years I can make it to one of your mini's...LOL

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Carrie, Good for you. You will be missed so keep in touch from time to time. Possibly see you in 2012.

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Carrie thank you for all your hard work as a mod here, as a mod myself elsewhere I know how many countless hours you've put in for all of us. Ken

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Glad you are stepping down due to good circumstances (instead of bad). I wish you the best. I know you'll be very missed around here. God Bless!

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Carrie,

You've been a great mod. Whoever fills in for you will be replacing a legend. Thanks for your time, advice, and friendship.

Joe

I second that. I couldn't have said it better.

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Carrie,

You've been a great mod. Whoever fills in for you will be replacing a legend. Thanks for your time, advice, and friendship.

Joe

I third that and I will miss you greatly!! Hope you are still going to be very active in the blowmold community!!

Jim

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Thank you for all your hard work and great advice over the years!

Are you just stepping down as a moderator or leaving the forums alltogether?

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Planet Christmas and its members have been blessed to have you as a moderator, Carrie. We will miss having you around often. Glad life has some positive changes for you, and I hope everything works out! We'll miss you, Sadie :)

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