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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.
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  • 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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Mel Fischer

A Few More Arrivals And A Question

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Does anyone know anything about the large Santa in the picture? He is 31" and has a lighting setup similar to the Beco Santa's but the rod is a yellow plastic tube instead of the metal rod and the round disk that supports the rod is a lot smaller then the Beco disk and made of translucent plastic, overall a cheaper version of the Beco lighting setup.

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I love the basset hound, we have a real one and have been keeping an eye out for that mold so that he could always be part of the display :)

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Mel, do u know who the maker is of the smaller santa in your picture above? - i found one at an antique mall for $10. and bought it, now just curious as to the maker??

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Blowmoldohio can you post a pic of your Santa? I would love to see if there are any variations (paint) etc.

Thanks

Mel I have seen the larger Santa before but I have no information on him. I am almost postive he is displayed at a home near my folks place up North. If I thik I will pass by this weekend and take a photo for you.

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At this time we do not know who made the two Santas, the candle is from NOMA, the elf is a 1966 Judith Novelty item, there is no real information on who made the carolers (Poloron? Judith Novelty?), the rabbit is a bank made by Union Products and the dog is also a bank made by Empire/Carolina Enterprises.

Mel

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Blowmoldohio can you post a pic of your Santa? I would love to see if there are any variations (paint) etc. Thanks Mel I have seen the larger Santa before but I have no information on him. I am almost postive he is displayed at a home near my folks place up North. If I thik I will pass by this weekend and take a photo for you.

Cory, it seems to me that I have either seen the Santa or a picture of him in the past also but do not remember where. If you do go by and see the Santa would there be a chance that you could stop and see if anyone is there that you could ask about what the lighting setup is like to see if it is the same as I described above?

Mel

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Pretty cool. I've never seen those girl soldiers before. Are they rare?

They are not often seen but they do occasssionaly come up on eBay. We have had the darker colored ones for several years now, I finaly got around to getting the pair with the white colors recently. There was a great price on them and I could not resist getting them. As I said in another thread recently, there are still a lot of great blow mold (?) buys on eBay even with shipping added if one watches for them. I somewhat hesitate to use the word blow mold on these as they are not true blow molds, they were injection molded.

Mel

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