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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.
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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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I saw this back in early December but didn't buy it because the lowest price I looked at was still too much. They are priced from $80 to $130.
Decided to wait until after Christmas. Googled (under Shopping) for it for days until I found it at Groupon for $69.99. I gave in. The lowest I have seen. Total $74.63.

The reason why I was interested in this was because I have wanted a inflatable/airblown snow globe but they cost more than I would like. So I thought I would buy this and see if I could somehow put the fake snow stuff in it.


Few days after the package arrived, I received the 10% discount from Groupon if I still wanted to buy it. Too late.

Today I got a chance to test it to make sure it works.



I found a zipper that could have been put there for the snow stuff.


Normally a zipper would be next to the fan but here is the zipper directly on the bottom.



No rips? Check. Nothing broken? Check. Fan putting out enough air? It can stand up okay but it doesn't feel full if you get what I'm saying. A slight poke can knock it over.

Now I just have to get the snow stuff. I will give an update later.

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am sure you can put snow in it, but doubt it will blow around.  I have almost quit buying any inflatable that has a AC DC adaptor.  they just do not hold up and last very long.  let us know how it goes

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This inflatable was the last to go up then 3 days later it was flat on the ground. Luckily I have a similar larger Halloween version (same designer / manufacturer) so I took the adapter from it and use it to power this one. Now its up.

I still don't like the blower.. 0.8a fan blowing up 6ft size. Fine when dry but it struggle to inflate and stand upright when wet.

After Christmas (if it last that long), I will replace the 0.8a fan+adapter for the gemmy 1a fan+adapter.

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Replacing a 12V DC converter shouldn't be a problem.  You can buy a new one online from overseas vendors for less than $4 or US seller for about $7.50.  That would be for a 12V 2A 24W output, plenty enough to power any blower motor.  I just scavenge them from thrift stores where they rarely cost more than $2.  I recently picked up a spare blower for $6 at a thrift store.  It is 12W and connects directly to the wall outlet with no adapter. 

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I got lucky/  bought a pallet of laser lights, about $3.00 each.  guess what, the transformer is the same one almost all of Gemmy small inflatables use.  needless to say I have sold about 70.  interesting though on these converters, both ones I bought and ones with Gemmy product, voltage varies with a volt meter, usually around 10 volts, have not had time to see it if goes up under load


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