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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.
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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.
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  • 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.

Summer 2013 Pacnw Mini C.l.a.p. Mtg

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For anyone in the Pacific NW or anywhere for that matter. To compliment our annual C.L.A.P. meeting typically held in early May, we have also at times held a smaller event in the summer. We will hold one this year. Charles Enos in Port Orchard, WA holds an annual Blow Mold Swap Meet, and we will piggy back off his event. Here are the details of our meeting:


Date - Saturday July 27th

Location - 3045 SE Royalwood Pl. - Port Orchard WA 98367


Blow Mold Swap Meet starts at - 8am

Mini CLAP Agenda - 10:30am

Show up anytime convenient for you. The earlier the better blow mold selection if you are interested purchasing any!


Mini CLAP Agenda:

  • Blow Mold Swap Meet
  • Traditional Displays - Everything you wanted to know about Blow Molds - Charles Enos
  • Tradition vs. Technology - The art and presentation of a Christmas Display - Mark Zembruski
  • General Display Open Q & A

We should be done by 1-2pm

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OK so I am not the brightest bulb on the string. This is also a SWAP MEET. If you want to sell something, Charles tells me he gets a great turn out for this event, I mean GREAT. So if you want to bring any of your items, lights, Blow Molds, puffers etc... you can potentially peddle them too. - Blush -



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Thanks Charles for a great day! Bill Weiss, Mike, Pete, Mel Fisher! I finally got a chance to meet Mel in person.  It was a fun getting together.

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Thanks to everyone that came. We had great meeting with lots of stories told and lots of blow molds sold.


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