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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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My Love For Hamberger Displays

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20150916_184443.thumb.jpg.82a73a47136a7f20150916_200250.thumb.jpg.cd4fbf0f95f9d1almost done with this workshop set picked these up in PA 2 years ago and they were busted up. Again everything from paint to fiberglass to clothes and motors20150915_171833.thumb.jpg.78a2c037958177found some time to finally get these 2 back together. New clothes, paint, fiberglass and motors all redone. Should have the rest of this set done this week.. with work, family and everything else it's hard to find the Xtra time to do this20150914_233805.thumb.jpg.17a6d420c5e98d

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So incredibly excited! Picked up 3 new pieces that came of the Hamberger Showroom floor in 1988 when the Brooklyn location closed. Two are from the et "The Elves Christmas Hoe-Down and one if from the set "Feeding Santa's Reindeer". Can't wait to pick them up!

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Picked up 5 of the Reindeer Heads this weekend! Rumor has it, they're from the Brooklyn Hamberger Showroom from 1988! Also received this Gnome as a gift, from a very special place!

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Finished a ton of figures that will be going into this year's displays. Am only going to post a few total restorations like these and will just show pics of finished displays this year

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With no posts I assume everyone is feverishly setting up their displays. I hope that there are a lot of pictures posted this holiday season.

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With no posts I assume everyone is feverishly setting up their displays. I hope that there are a lot of pictures posted this holiday season.

I think this is partly due to Darrid being in the hospital.  Let's us keep him in our prayers for a speedy recovery.

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You have no idea how busy this years display has made me. Have not even started on inside, been outside everyday. Every display outside is all new & different from last years & inside will be the same - all new, mainly of figures that I have newly aquired or have restored this year so its taking a bit more time then I expected. Also am doing a Santa letter response display where kids write letters to Santa, drop them in a huge Santas mailbox that I have & Santa will write them back at some point this season. News papers are already calling but I am pusing them off till the display is done.

From what I know about Darrid he is getting better but has a very long road ahead of him. I hope he focuses on getting his health back

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Just a few of the Hamberger pieces I used this year! Hope you all enjoy!

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I love the large candy canes and pictures Thanks for sharing . :)

You have no idea how busy this years display has made me. Have not even started on inside, been outside everyday. Every display outside is all new & different from last years & inside will be the same - all new, mainly of figures that I have newly aquired or have restored this year so its taking a bit more time then I expected. Also am doing a Santa letter response display where kids write letters to Santa, drop them in a huge Santas mailbox that I have & Santa will write them back at some point this season. News papers are already calling but I am pusing them off till the display is done.

From what I know about Darrid he is getting better but has a very long road ahead of him. I hope he focuses on getting his health back

I hope Darrid gets well soon sorry to here of his illness .:(

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So happy to be back home! Been home for a week and 2 days now and am finally getting my strength back. I had a mastectomy on my left side all the way down to my heart, so they removed ribs and all of my chest muscle. So happy to be alive! So happy to be getting back in the swing. Already planning a  trip to NYC for early December and working on closing some deals. I guess everyone was waiting for me to get better! Glad to see the forums again!

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So happy to be back home! Been home for a week and 2 days now and am finally getting my strength back. I had a mastectomy on my left side all the way down to my heart, so they removed ribs and all of my chest muscle. So happy to be alive! So happy to be getting back in the swing. Already planning a  trip to NYC for early December and working on closing some deals. I guess everyone was waiting for me to get better! Glad to see the forums again!

Happy to here your getting better and happy to see you back .:)

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