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  • 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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  • 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.
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  • 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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Good morning y'all!

I have been lurking here for a few days and have finally found the time to introduce myself. From what I have found here so far I am super excited.  A little about me:

** I gravitate toward mid century/retro decorations, of course blow molds are at the top of my list. I think the reason for my preferences is the memories of Christmas with my Grandparents on my father's side who did Christmas in a very big fancy way. I remember all my presents came with some sort of special ornament or plastic flower or little bird with feathers on them. (Just found some similar birds at a garden and florist shop I use....discounts have begun). I will post photos as soon as I figure out how.

** My husband and I are both prior service Army, and met in Iraq back in early 2003 (whole separate story). I usually have a military theme Christmas tree. We just moved to a new house and when the tree went up I began hauling out the boxes of ornaments. Unfortunately I discovered I am missing the box with all the military ornaments I've collected from all over the world for the past 15 years. Of course the box with the generic filler ornaments are all accounted for. I haven't been able to hang an ornament yet. The tree is still beautiful with just the lights and the star. I get super attached to my special treasures.  

** I have just begun collecting blow molds even though I have been contemplating for the past few (wish I had started back then when prices were lower)! So far I have the new Santa and snowman that Lowes started selling this year, 10 x 30" black hat toy soldiers, 11 x 30" white hat toy soldiers, a short squatty red hatted soldier with yellow rifle and a 38" black hat nutcracker soldier, and two Poloron candles with the pinecone decoration.

** My main passion is outside decorating for Christmas. We have double layer net lights across the front flower beds with the bottom layer flashing. C9 multi color opaque lights on the small trees at the corners of the front beds. Red C9 opaque on the large palm trees flanking the front door (1 strand each, must buy taller ladder)! ** Soldiers are going out today. I plan to create platoons by hat color.

** Most exciting is I found and purchased what I believe is a vintage Santa in his sleigh with one Poloron reindeer. I haven't been able to identify the manufacturer so I will post a picture for the experts. Of course now I'm on the hunt for 7 more Poloron reindeer ugh.

i guess I had a lot to say lol...I love Christmas and I'm so happy I found this site.

 

Merry Christmas!!!!!

 

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Welcome!! Thank you and you're husband for you're service!! My father was Army in Vietnam, he unfortunately passed away in 1990 at 46 years old due to pancreatic cancer, which we believe was due to exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam war. He is the reason I am into Christmas as much as I am. I remember decorating with him the day after Thanksgiving every year. He only had a hand full of blowmolds and I still use 2 that I have left from him in my display every year... Anyway, you're Santa, Sleigh and Reindeer were made by TPI between 1987 and 2004. The Reindeer is not Poloron, it is also TPI. It's a pretty rare and valuable set, congratulations on the find!!

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Welcome!! Thank you and you're husband for you're service!! My father was Army in Vietnam, he unfortunately passed away in 1990 at 46 years old due to pancreatic cancer, which we believe was due to exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam war. He is the reason I am into Christmas as much as I am. I remember decorating with him the day after Thanksgiving every year. He only had a hand full of blowmolds and I still use 2 that I have left from him in my display every year... Anyway, you're Santa, Sleigh and Reindeer were made by TPI between 1987 and 2004. The Reindeer is not Poloron, it is also TPI. It's a pretty rare and valuable set, congratulations on the find!!

55, it was my honor and pleasure to wear the uniform and serve my fellow countrymen! I am so sorry to hear about your father. The vets from earlier conflict always stay in the forefront of my mind. They are always thanking our generation and consistently tell me we have it harder than they did which I always respectfully disagree with and explain why. They are a humble, honorable group. My fondest memories of Christmas all revolve around my father as well, especially his love/hate relationship with his bubble lights lol. You are blessed to have some of your father's blow molds and I am sure you cherish them. Thank you so much for the information on the sleigh and reindeer. We have a group of two very tall pines on one side of our front yard and another group of three on the other side. Originally I had planned to put the sleigh and reindeer on the roof. I googled how and found this site which has tons of great pictures of flying your Santa sleigh and reindeer. Now I'm pretty sure we will fly them on a cable across the front yard maybe 20-30 feet up. I am posting a picture of the house, let me know what you think.

 

BTW, if you come across any of the reindeer please drop me a line, I have 11 months to track down 7. I'm going to use a different model for Rudolf.

 

Michele

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Great to have you onboard. Good luck decorating.

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Great to have you onboard. Good luck decorating.

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Absolutely, 100% fly them, they look so much better flying through the air. You have the perfect set up to fly them, it would look awesome!! If I do come across some reindeer i'll let you know.

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