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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 know in my conversations with CV, they feel there is not a demand any longer for the blow mold stuff.  They have a couple of molds left but that is it.  

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Love the vintage decorations! They look great! The only thing vintage I have (besides ornamentsis a star from 1964 that was sold at a little bookstore in Washington, NC that's falling apart.   

Welcome to the forum Matt!

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Hey y'all. Just looked over your discussion and I'm excited and worried at the same time....these decorations are exactly the style I adore. I seem to be attracted to most mid century modern items, anything that reminds me of Christmas as a child with my Grandparents, Father and sister. Everything was bigger and fancier and higher quality (like it would last forever). Maybe that is why I can't resist rescuing all of it I can. I looked up Crystal Valley and was happily surprised to see they are an Oregon company. Although I was born in Los Angeles I grew up in Southern Oregon. I may have to task my sister with some recon missions! I look forward to learning more from everyone. 

 

362 days until Christmas 2016

 

Michele

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Hey y'all. Just looked over your discussion and I'm excited and worried at the same time....these decorations are exactly the style I adore. I seem to be attracted to most mid century modern items, anything that reminds me of Christmas as a child with my Grandparents, Father and sister. Everything was bigger and fancier and higher quality (like it would last forever). Maybe that is why I can't resist rescuing all of it I can. I looked up Crystal Valley and was happily surprised to see they are an Oregon company. Although I was born in Los Angeles I grew up in Southern Oregon. I may have to task my sister with some recon missions! I look forward to learning more from everyone. 

 

362 days until Christmas 2016

 

Michele

Welcome to the club, Michele.   It's nice to find others who love these old style decorations.  By the way, GP Designs, Inc. is still in business.  They make the large municipal blow mold lanterns and bells.   Here is the website: http://www.gpdesigns.biz/products/33/    The 32" Deluxe Lanterns come in red or white and cost $190.00 each.  The 32" Regular Lanterns come in red or white and cost $160.00 each.  The 27" Red bells cost $95.00 each.  The 17" Red Bells cost $60.00 each.  They also have a 38" blow mold candle arrangement too which cost $125.00.

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