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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 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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Mel Fischer

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It is my pleasure to introduce you to a couple of long time residents here in my own little world, Jolly George and Mrs. Jolly George. They are a happy couple created by Union Products, Jolly George made his debut in 1972 and is 40 years young. It is not polite to tell a lady's age in public, but I can say that she is a bit younger then George.

Jolly George had the honor of having his portrait in the 1972 Sears Christmas catalog and the 1972 Union Products catalog. Union Products described him in their catalog as No. 30420 "Jolly George" "Production Model with Red Hat". He is 13" high.

Mrs. Jolly George is shown in the 1974 Union Products catalog along with Jolly George and is their No. 30780. She is 13" high

Mel

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Guest A.F.NUT

Mel I love that happy couple! Mine usually hang out with Unions other famous couple at Christmastime. And I thank you for that catalog pic you sent a while back!

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Mel I love that happy couple! Mine usually hang out with Unions other famous couple at Christmastime. And I thank you for that catalog pic you sent a while back!

Tom, you are very welcome, I hope it was of some use to you.

Looking cool together, Mel! :)

Thomas, I forgot to reply to your email and question from last week , I just did so. Please let me know if you need any further information.

Mel

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Guest Mr. Griswold

Mel thanks for the info I have Jolly George but did not know he had found true love a few years later :) Thanks for sharing the info Mel.

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Guest A.F.NUT

His lady must not have been as popular? Because she is not as often seen.

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Thank you Mel for posting this info... I never knew their names were Mr. and Mrs. Jolly George! I have both of them and just love them! They are such a cute couple!

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His lady must not have been as popular? Because she is not as often seen.

Yes, I agree, she is very rarely seen. We have three "Jolly George" and only one "Mrs", I have not seen any of the Mrs for a long while, I would like to pair all of them up some day.

Mel

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