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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.
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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.

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These aren't technically municipal decorations, they're more DIY projects. Most blow mold collectors have heard of "Bronner's CHRISTmas Wonderland" in Frankenmuth Michigan.  The company was boosted from a sign painting company to Christmas store with a series of panels Wally Bronner himself built for Clare Michigan. They are just noma flat backs sold to the general public screwed to hand painted plywood, to create a 3D look. They are my profile pic.  To find one would be amazing. To my knowledge the only ones still serving are in Bronner's store. A lantern one in the Wally Bronner memorial and a candy cane one in the program center. I'm thinking of making replicas myself. Anyone know if there are other originals out there?

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I wonder how they change the bulb??........unscrew from the plywood or is there a hole in the plywood to access the bulbs from the back??  

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I'll be there next weekend if anyone would like something looked up. It's home for me and I get there every couple of months.

 

I guess I'll have to do a write up and figure out how to post pictures

 

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I looked online and there prices are mehh...I guess I would go for the ambience, and to say I have been there.Looks neat, not sure if they allow my polish butt in the German town lolol. Diffently would like to see it...Are there any other stores like that in the US?

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There's other Christmas stores but none as large. St Joseph Mi has one but it's pretty small. Guess I was off on the date I'll be there on the 21st.

 

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There's other Christmas stores but none as large. St Joseph Mi has one but it's pretty small. Guess I was off on the date I'll be there on the 21st.

 

Well dang it they don't open till noon on Sunday and we have to be home by 3 for a Board Meeting so no stop today and yesterday they closed early for a company party.

 

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Making a back lighted replica of one of these signs would be awesome.  A white, translucent plastic sheet matching the dimensions painted with Krylon Fusion would be nice.  I'm thinking about the seasons greetings lantern.

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I need some help from a Photoshop expert if at all possible.  I'm chasing down the back-lit sign idea and I need a straight on picture of this sign but with the Glory Be To God text replaced with the Seasons Greetings text from the second picture.

Is this doable?  If so any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated!!

 

 

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