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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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  • 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.
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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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  • 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.
milyfaz

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i'm going to be selling a large portion of my molds. The landlord sold the house i live in and i'm going to have to move. i'll be moving in with my boyfriend and he lives in the backwoods on a private road. no sense creating a winter wonderland no one will see. i'll be posting pics next month and if you see anything in my past posts or your looking for something specific hit me up. i have nearly 500 molds and i'm going to pare it down to basic pieces. I live in western pa and it would be just great if we could deal localy but i will ship.

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Guest Mr. Griswold

Sorry to hear you are hanging it up thats my worst fear. With that said I am seeking a TPI Vulture a Trendmaster Spooky Tree and Halloween mini molds. Feel free to PM me if you have any of those you want to part with.

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god i have had dreams about that soooky tree. if i found it i would probably sleep with it lol. off the top of my head, the halloween molds i wil be selling is the empire gargoyle, the skeleton with the cape, kitty cane and purple cap.and some pumpkins

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HAHAHA I hear ya that tree is haunting my dreams as well. There is a house in town that actually has it and this year I think I will cold call them and offer a 50.00 I want that thing so bad.

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Too bad you live so far away. I live in Washington state. I have a list of some I've been trying to get. Sorry to hear that you have to sell away your collection. That would be very difficult!

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Milly,

What kind of time line are you looking at for selling? I an on Long Island, but my in-laws live in Hermitage, PA, and I know I will be going out there in the summer.

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for now my molds are tucked away at my parents house so i'm in no rush. i won't lie i am a little sad to sell some of my molds, but i think change is good. i'm actually looking forward to going back to a more basic light driven display where i can be more creative.

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I'm sorry to hear and I know it stinks to do a display if nobody will see, but are you sure its what you wanna do? Couldn't you still decorate and maybe just have the word spread around town or do it just for you and family.

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I'm sorry to hear and I know it stinks to do a display if nobody will see, but are you sure its what you wanna do? Couldn't you still decorate and maybe just have the word spread around town or do it just for you and family.

Richard you are right 25 years ago we lived 22 miles into the sage brush hills and pine tree covered mountains growing up but Dad and I still went all out each year (That is where I get it) Word got out and lots of people took a snowy drive to come tour our lights away from all the other homes in town.

That may be something you want to think about Milyfaz. Also if your folks can store them just think one day you will move and have room for them at your own place even.

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Mr. G, agreed. That's what I was thinking, once she said her parents where storing them, couldn't they just stay and when you're able to move you'll still have them.

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hey guys, i'm not throwing in the towel lol. i'm just thinking about lightening my load and taking may display if different directions. i'm go not selling all my molds, i'm keeping some key pieces and thinking of doing a display based an more lights, as the cabin can be seen from a distance. maybe i'll even try one of the computerized musical displays, i don't think i could ever stop decorating. even before the move, i was thinking about this. this last year the molds sort of became more labor than love. they took over my house. this may sound strange, i think i like the hunt more than i like owning the mold. Once i have a piece i'm looking for it's kind of a let down. anyways i probably won't do an easter display with all the chaos of the move, but rest assured there will be a red, white and blue cabin shining on a hill top in podunk pennsylvania.

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i finally got some pics of the molds i'm selling. i'll post the rest and a price list after i get home from work.

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More pics,

the wise man and nativity animals are poloron, the shepard is beco and the holy family is empire (including baby jesus which is not pictured here).

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