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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.
Andrew Albertson

2012 Genfoam Catalog

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I don't recall any big boxes offering the above,except maybe HD with the carolers,which is the biggest item listed.

Some of the items may be too small for Menards,and too big for Wally.

I think it's the big purchasers that set the pattern.And the economy isn't helping much.Resin prices have gone through the roof.

As collectors,we should have these items already.

Like the new Snoopy,we should get him when he is available.

Any item can be discountinued anytime.And the same for a reissue.Just never know whats going to be offered.

With only one major company driving the truck,the pickin's get slim.

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None of the big box stores here have carried any blow molds since WalMart discontinued them other then the few KMart carries.

It seems some of us are lax when it comes to adding the readily available items to our collections, that happened with the UP and the GV ones and now I am certain it has happened with the GenFoam ones. At least we were fortunate with the UP ones with their having such a large back unventory in their wharehouse when they closed their doors. I know my wife and I picked up several dozen different ones that we did not have in the collection at dirt cheap prices and free shippiing on most of them. That didn't happen with GV, if I recall correctly most of their large inventory was purchased by a liquidator and they went to the Grand Caymens, please correct me if I am wrong about that. What will happen with GF is anyones guess, they have been for sale for several years now and the last I heard they still are. We learned our lesson back then and do get what we can when we can and do not worry about looking for the cheapest sale price we can find.


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Just received my 2012 catalog today. Only has two new Halloween additions. Here's the pics... Enjoy

I see they STILL have the wrong picture for the 21" Pumpkin! You can see that it's wrong by looking at H1051 that is right next to it.


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