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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.
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Ok so I recived my Empire bear today, he is in great shape Except, the cord is beyond fixing. Anyone know a good place to get a replacement cord with the regular lamp sized bulb in it?

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Alpine

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Ebay has a few. You can order them from General Foam around November. I have made them myself if I had to. If nothing else swipe a cord off a Hallowen mold.

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Here are a couple pics of the bear, not to bad for $15.00. I will have to check ebay and see whats out there, thanks for the idea.

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Alpine

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I made one myself REALLY easily and cheaply, I'll try to get a picture of it tomorrow when I go upstairs. It's unbelievably simple, much cheaper than getting an "official" one from GF or Ebay.

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I made one myself REALLY easily and cheaply, I'll try to get a picture of it tomorrow when I go upstairs. It's unbelievably simple, much cheaper than getting an "official" one from GF or Ebay.

Would love to see it.

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Ok so I recived my Empire bear today, he is in great shape Except, the cord is beyond fixing. Anyone know a good place to get a replacement cord with the regular lamp sized bulb in it?

Thanks

Alpine

You might do a search in the old posts there was a site listed before christmas where you could buy cords,also members from time to time sell lights ,back ect. here.If your not in a big hurry wait until garage sale time find a piece that is damaged buy it cheap and swipe the plate and cord.

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You might do a search in the old posts there was a site listed before christmas where you could buy cords,also members from time to time sell lights ,back ect. here.If your not in a big hurry wait until garage sale time find a piece that is damaged buy it cheap and swipe the plate and cord.

Sorry it took me so long, we got dumped on by a massive blizzard and the Civic happend to be the car parked under the stairs to the attic, so it wasn't going anywhere soon, and once the snow was cleared enough I had to go back to school, and blah, blah, blah... ANYWAYS, this is the plate I was talking about, it's simply a scrap piece of wood with a replacement ceramic socket from Menards (hardware store) screwed onto it, which was actually cheaper than the plastic sockets they sell, so that was even better. The cord came from an old VCR one of my neighbors was tossing, so that was free. I drilled a small hole for it to pass through and connected the two with some wire nuts. (I'm constantly snipping cords off of things before they get thrown out because they come in handy quite a bit) The socket is attached with a screw coming from the bottom (outside) and a nut & washer on the inside. Then the whole thing just gets screwed onto the original opening on the mold, still using the old screw holes. I could've sprayed the wood white or whatever color the piece it's attached to is, but this one faces the ground and nobody sees it, especially after is snows a bit. I may paint it if I fly the sleigh next year though... Anyways, the entire thing cost me a couple bucks and I think the socket's better than a new GF one and it will fit all those funky shaped bulbs and CFL's without modification.

EDIT: Well I'd love to post the pictures that kept me from posting this for so long to help describe what I did, but for some reason it won't work! Anybody else having the same problems with posting pictures?

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Sorry it took me so long, we got dumped on by a massive blizzard and the Civic happend to be the car parked under the stairs to the attic, so it wasn't going anywhere soon, and once the snow was cleared enough I had to go back to school, and blah, blah, blah... ANYWAYS, this is the plate I was talking about, it's simply a scrap piece of wood with a replacement ceramic socket from Menards (hardware store) screwed onto it, which was actually cheaper than the plastic sockets they sell, so that was even better. The cord came from an old VCR one of my neighbors was tossing, so that was free. I drilled a small hole for it to pass through and connected the two with some wire nuts. (I'm constantly snipping cords off of things before they get thrown out because they come in handy quite a bit) The socket is attached with a screw coming from the bottom (outside) and a nut & washer on the inside. Then the whole thing just gets screwed onto the original opening on the mold, still using the old screw holes. I could've sprayed the wood white or whatever color the piece it's attached to is, but this one faces the ground and nobody sees it, especially after is snows a bit. I may paint it if I fly the sleigh next year though... Anyways, the entire thing cost me a couple bucks and I think the socket's better than a new GF one and it will fit all those funky shaped bulbs and CFL's without modification.

EDIT: Well I'd love to post the pictures that kept me from posting this for so long to help describe what I did, but for some reason it won't work! Anybody else having the same problems with posting pictures?

That does not sound to hard, I think Ill be trying this out. Thanks for the idea!

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