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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.
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  • 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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After seeing the picture of the ALF choir kids that Elaine posted I remembered a picture I have and did some digging back into the dark recesses of the hard drive archives and located it. I thought that a few here might be interested in seeing a few other ALF carolers that were available in 1970, I sure would like to have one of each today, especially at those prices.

Note that unlike Mold-Craft, ALF did not name their carolers, they only gave the head styles numbers.

Mel

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Ok, for some reason it never clicked why the heads were removable, it is so they can be positioned. I guess I should have figured that out years ago. Thanks, Mel, saved to the files.

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Oh, wow! Those are really, really neat. I would get one of each at that price! Thanks so much for posting this picture, Mel!

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Guest Mr. Griswold

Mel did you ever get any of these in your collection?

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Guest A.F.NUT

Those are so nice to see! The prices would have been high for the time they were being sold, I can see why probably not so many of them are out there. I see a few of my heads on them that they must have used on different bodies through the years. Would love to find more of these!

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Mel did you ever get any of these in your collection?

Cory, no we do not have any of the ALF choir other then the three small ones but we do have some of the heads that I got off eBay a few years ago, the bodies had been destroyed and I was able to get the heads at a good price. I wanted the heads for reference purposes in my research.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/blow-mold-collection/sets/72157628937667611/

Mel

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