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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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  • 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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  • 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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Started Decorating In Christmasville!

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Started setting up the blowmolds for this year's display.  Took a little road trip Saturday and got a really nice arch for the front door (not a blowmold, but it fits in really well!).  Got my soldier/penguin wall up on Saturday.  No pics yet, but I got all the molds across the front of the house on Sunday.  Total this weekend - 111 set up, 250+ more to go.  Hope to get the rest set up this week and the wiring done next week.

 

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Nice...where did you get the soldiers with the arch?  I don't think I've seen those any where.  Gosh, if you really have 250 more blowmolds to go my husband really has nothing to complain about with my few.  Do you use the blowmolds with an LOR?

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I see the Taz in the back ground its funny how different people notice different things great mold lol

Ha!  Now I see him, and Mickey, too!

 

Nice start to your display!  Cool arch!

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I don't know where the arch came from originally.  The lady I purchased it from had a lot of really nice, large decorations (8' tall Santa, 6' tall nutcracker, Santa beside a 7' tall lightpost, etc.).  She was moving into a smaller house and downsizing her collection.  We only got the arch, a 3' tall sitting Santa reading a list, and three 3' tall elves.  The arch is the only outdoor decoration we got; my wife will use the others when she decorates the inside.  For lighting the soldiers, I recently purchased 200 inline vampire candelbra sockets with metal clips.  I am planning to make two long runs of bulbs.  I'll have to remove them when I take down the display, but I like it better than having individual lights plugged into a long cord with many vampire plugs. 

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I see the Taz in the back ground its funny how different people notice different things great mold lol

 

If the picture showed a little more to the right, you might even see a Goofy  :) .

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