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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.
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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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Tpi Vulture And Trendmasters Spooky Tree

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I thought I would share a couple other finds I have recently scored in my travels. Here are two of this summers favorite finds. The TPI Wizard Vulture and The Trendmasters Spooky Tree. I just thought I would share some photos of them. These will be great additions this Halloween.

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Very nice finds. Someone on Facebook is selling the same Vulture right now for $75.00 plus shipping. I really like this Vulture blow mold. It is so awesome!

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Thanks for all the nice comments guys. I didnt know people sold molds on facebook? I actually never got a facebook figured forums were good enough. Both these were on my list to find forever and when I found the spooky tree in the rafters of an estate sale I about fell over!

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I picked up my spooky tree last year in a big blow mold lot on Kijiji. I see them on ebay once in a while. I get lots of compliments on it. I put a red bulb inside, and it lights up really spooky.

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Thanks again for the compliments and yes for those that dont have the tree I hope you do find it. The tree is a wonderful addition I think to any display blow mold or not. I picked up a nice conditioned 5ft animated witch this year while yard sale hopping and the tree will look great in the Spooky scene with here.

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