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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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Guest A.F.NUT

Wow, Tom! Your Halloween display is extraordinary! It's amazing how every section of your display has so many little details to it. Not just blow molds, but all of the other decorations that add to it. Exceptional job, as usual!

Thanks so much Elaine, I like to stick to a blowmold display, but the little extras help give the molds a purpose. Thanks again!

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Guest A.F.NUT

WOW another wonderful display.Gets better every year.How much time do you spend on your planning or does it just come to you as you go

Thank you Daryl, I spend a lot of time planning. I began work on the train in August and from about then I had each and every molds placement and theme planned. Otherwise it would take me forever on set up day.

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Guest A.F.NUT

Cant touch this

great job

LOL Thank you so much! I have entirely too much fun with it!

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Wow. Absolutely beautiful. Everything.

P.S. Stop saying things didn't turn out good! They're perfet!

Aww thank you so much! I know I can't help it, I have a vision in mind and have to get past that everything can't always be the way I want it.

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Can NEVER get enough of looking at your display Tom!

As always I love it!! Helps that you used my favorite halloween song too :wub:

And you already know what I think of the train hehehehe

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You've given me so many new ideas, now all I need is all the molds to go along with it. Thank you for encouraging an addiction that I orginally thought would stop at Christmas. Now it extends to all other Holidays.

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That's incredible, as usual! I love the repaints on the cats on the pumpkins, I was thinking about doing the yellow eyes, just like you did, and now I know how great it looks, definatley going to add that! The witch to the right of them looks pretty awesome from what I could see. I'm hoping American Sale has some of them left by the time I go on Friday, I was already thinking about changing some colors on mine when (hopefully) I get it. So cool as always! (:

PS: I still haven't forgotten about your Santa, I'm still looking for the cheapest way to ship it, because right now, most of them are saying about $80-$100 and that's not too fun ): I'm trying to make sure you get him before the Christmas season, and definatley before Christmas. Great job again!

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Guest A.F.NUT

Can NEVER get enough of looking at your display Tom!

As always I love it!! Helps that you used my favorite halloween song too :wub:

And you already know what I think of the train hehehehe

Aww thanks my friend, I like to try and a use a song that fits the display, but since nothing really worked I went with this one it's my favorite too!

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You've given me so many new ideas, now all I need is all the molds to go along with it. Thank you for encouraging an addiction that I orginally thought would stop at Christmas. Now it extends to all other Holidays.

Your welcome and thank you! Christmas is only the begining, It is an addiction! The molds are out there and what isn't can be created with little work. I started doing a July 4th display. I have a lot of fun with it, because all the molds I use are old Christmas pieces that have been redone. There are endless possibilities!

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That's incredible, as usual! I love the repaints on the cats on the pumpkins, I was thinking about doing the yellow eyes, just like you did, and now I know how great it looks, definatley going to add that! The witch to the right of them looks pretty awesome from what I could see. I'm hoping American Sale has some of them left by the time I go on Friday, I was already thinking about changing some colors on mine when (hopefully) I get it. So cool as always! (:

PS: I still haven't forgotten about your Santa, I'm still looking for the cheapest way to ship it, because right now, most of them are saying about $80-$100 and that's not too fun ): I'm trying to make sure you get him before the Christmas season, and definatley before Christmas. Great job again!

You definately should do the cats features it is a very quick thing to do and really makes a huge difference. The witch took a good deal of time but is like a whole new mold when your done. And thank you!

I do appreciate what all you have done to try and get Santa here, let me know when you have time I know how it is!

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You have a wonderful display. I really like some of the custom creations you have!

Justin

Thanks so much, I have a lot of fun creating new things for the displays.

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Guest A.F.NUT

Easily some of the best repaints I've EVER seen.

Thank you so much. I enjoy bringing old ones back and creating new ones.

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hi tom

wow very nice display, you put alot of time and thought and it shows. i like the way you use christmas molds, the pumpkin arch amazing.

gary

Thanks Gary, I over think things and it slows me down LOL The pumpkin arch was so much fun to do and very simple actually. Using the Christmas molds has really helped me add some new and unique pieces to the display. I am at the end of the collecting phase so this is a way to continue and it's a lot of fun.

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