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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

    I believe this guy is by Beco. He was poorly brush painted by somebody and most of his extra details were never painted. So it was fun bringing all the little details to life with more color. This is a mold that I don't own and is going to be very hard to give back!

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    A+ my friend!!! He is so handsome :wub:

    You got any before pics??

    Sure wish it was coming down da bayou!

    Thanks Peps, but if he didn't have to leave here he woulden't :P I have some before pics if I can get to them having some issues since the other computer died!

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    Tom,

    You have mail....

    Great job on the Santa!! If he is what I think he might be then that is the first one I have ever seen and he is much more impressive then I thought he would be. I will leave it for you to see what you think before I say what my thoughts are.

    Mel

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    Tom, This Santa was manufactured by Irwin Plastics. The year is 1967. It is 35" tall, unless they manufactured a taller version. I have always thought this was made by Beco Products. But the manufacturer name, "IRWIN", is stamped on the back of him by the hole in the photo.

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    irwinplasticssantaclaus_35intall_1967p2.jpg

    irwinplasticssantaclaus_35intall_1967p3.jpg

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    Guest A.F.NUT

    He turned out down right amazing!!! 54inch tall Beco Santa!? I dont think I have actually seen him before what a wonderful piece. I would have issues letting him go back home as well.

    Thank you so much! And From what I just learned he is not a Beco. I am negotiating with his owners now, but so far no such luck!

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    Tom,

    You have mail....

    Great job on the Santa!! If he is what I think he might be then that is the first one I have ever seen and he is much more impressive then I thought he would be. I will leave it for you to see what you think before I say what my thoughts are.

    Mel

    Mel thank you for your email. Well he is by NOMA I can confirm that for sure now! He truly is impressive to see, and it makes sense now because NOMA did tend to skimp on painting the extra features, I just never realized they made such huge molds!

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    Guest A.F.NUT

    Tom, This Santa was manufactured by Irwin Plastics. The year is 1967. It is 35" tall, unless they manufactured a taller version. I have always thought this was made by Beco Products. But the manufacturer name, "IRWIN", is stamped on the back of him by the hole in the photo.

    irwinplasticssantaclaus_35intall_1967_photobyjoshburdick.jpg

    irwinplasticssantaclaus_35intall_1967p2.jpg

    irwinplasticssantaclaus_35intall_1967p3.jpg

    Well your first pic looks to be this one, however the second pic looks like a much smaller Santa, this one has no makers marks.

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    Mel thank you for your email. Well he is by NOMA I can confirm that for sure now! He truly is impressive to see, and it makes sense now because NOMA did tend to skimp on painting the extra features, I just never realized they made such huge molds!

    Tom, you are welcome. NOMA had that Santa the same year(s) that they had their large candle, lamp post, choir boy & girl and the small monk & nun that we see on eBay occassionaly. They also had a 14 ½" and 17" NOEL bell at that time. Those will give you some more to look for to add to your display if you do not already have them....

    Mel

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    Tom, you are welcome. NOMA had that Santa the same year(s) that they had their large candle, lamp post, choir boy & girl and the small monk & nun that we see on eBay occassionaly. They also had a 14 ½" and 17" NOEL bell at that time. Those will give you some more to look for to add to your display if you do not already have them....

    Mel

    I never would have guessed this guy was by Noma. Thanks again for the info. and yes there are a couple in your list I need yet. :)

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    Guest A.F.NUT

    Tom, Please confirm that it was manufactured by NOMA. Both of mine are marked IRWIN. Thank you! :)

    Well a friend of mine sent me a NOMA catalog pic and he is identical to the catalog, and this one is not marked IRWIN.

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