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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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    I called GF to order a runner for the Santa sleigh I go that was cracked. The woman was so helpful I was surprised, since some the people on here have reported having issues. She even told me they have the light holders for the Blowmolds. But need to order them in September cause the stock goes quick.

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    I love to read stories like this because I called about a runner last year and was told they didn't make them, not had they ever (and I knew that wasn't true). So, I asked to be transferred to someone else and that operator told me that they did not sell them on an individual basis.

    This gives me hope!

    I am glad that you got what you needed!

    Justin

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    Hi Would you happen to have the phone number you used? Thanks.

    I called GF to order a runner for the Santa sleigh I go that was cracked. The woman was so helpful I was surprised, since some the people on here have reported having issues. She even told me they have the light holders for the Blowmolds. But need to order them in September cause the stock goes quick.

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    Glad you had good luck, and I hope it works out, a few years back I called about light kits, they were very nice and said call back in September, when I did I was told that they did not sell them, only sold in bulk so it all depends on who you get. I called several times on things and have since given up!

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    Ive had the same good luck with them! Got a few odd things and then felt so lucky I ordered some stuff I didnt need right then that I may need in the future. Have a tub full of antlers, noses, glasses, runners. Better get it while you can!!!

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