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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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Any Vacuform Fans?

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I know that many blow mold collectors such as myself collect Poloron's styrofoam "Vaccuel" decorations because of the art style and company realtion, but are there any other Vacuform fans out there? Vacuform deocrations are like a step down from the celluloid molds of the 50s and 60s.  They have no back or light, are more brittle, and are not more than a few inches deep.  The earliest ones I can find were produced by Star Band Co. in their 1970 halloween catalog listed along with their celluloid blow molds.  They exploded in popularity in the 70s and were usually halloween themed, but were unfortunately seldom marked with a manufacturer or date.  Empire put their foot in the ring in 1984 with their halloween Vacuforms.  Popularity would continue into the early 90s and fizzle out by the early 2000s.  Halloween ones from classic pumpkins to the Creature from the Black Lagoon were produced, but christmas ones were seldom seen and were usually simple snowman or santa faces.   I'm trying to document these decorations before norw end up in the garbage due to their low presumed value and brittleness. Does anyone have any to show off? None of these are mine, these are examples from around the internet.  The first image is the Celluloid blow mold page of the 1970 Star Band Halloween Catalog.  The scarecrow is a vacuform, and the rest on the page were available in unlit, no backing, Vacuform versions.  

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Somewhere I have a Santa face.  I think it's made by Poloron.  (I can't easily put my hands on it at the moment because I'm not sure exactly where it is.)  When I bought it I didn't even realize what it was.  It has some slight damage on it.  I think I paid a dollar for it.  At the time I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it but it was kind of neat and I figured that it would get thrown out if no one bought it since it was at an Estate sale.

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