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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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    3 hours ago, donna123 said:

    Mel, 

    I've wondered what these Latex Foam pieces feel like.  Are they hard to the touch?  These pieces have interesting faces, especially the eyes.  I would think $39.95 in 1961 was expensive for a decoration.

    Donna

     

     

    Donna,

    Yes, they are hard to the touch and they are heavier then regular plastic blow molds.  And yes, $39.95 was expensive in 1961, at that time I was an apprentice electrician and a union journeyman electrician made just over $4 an hour.

    7 hours ago, Big J Illinois said:

    I would love to have those!!!

    I am happy to say that the ones in the picture are in our collection and last summer we acquired an original box for the set.

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    An honorable profession for anyone who takes pride in their work.  I was only in the trade for about 15 years, we bought a business in 1974 to supplement the income but by 1977 the business was giving us a comfortable income and I left the electrical trade and spent the rest of my working years with the business.  We retired in 1999 and have enjoyed retirement and blow molds continuously since then.  At this time our blow mold collection consists of over 1000 with very few duplicates and my real interest these days is researching the history of the blow molds and the makers of them.

    Mel

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    On 11/22/2019 at 1:29 PM, Mel Fischer said:

    Donna,

    Yes, they are hard to the touch and they are heavier then regular plastic blow molds.  And yes, $39.95 was expensive in 1961, at that time I was an apprentice electrician and a union journeyman electrician made just over $4 an hour.

    I am happy to say that the ones in the picture are in our collection and last summer we acquired an original box for the set.

    I would speculate that those prices might be comparable to the cost of the fiberglass decorations that are typically sold for commercial use.  They are really nice items to have in your collection!

    On 11/22/2019 at 3:54 PM, Mel Fischer said:

    An honorable profession for anyone who takes pride in their work.  I was only in the trade for about 15 years, we bought a business in 1974 to supplement the income but by 1977 the business was giving us a comfortable income and I left the electrical trade and spent the rest of my working years with the business.  We retired in 1999 and have enjoyed retirement and blow molds continuously since then.  At this time our blow mold collection consists of over 1000 with very few duplicates and my real interest these days is researching the history of the blow molds and the makers of them.

    Mel

    You said it!  It's so hard to find people who take pride in their work.  I'm not an electrician but I'm pretty handy at it.  There have been quite a few occasions when my parents had an electrician "repair" something at their home and I had to come behind them and fix what they messed up.  The most recent case was a HVAC contractor that connected a large solid wire and a small stranded wire without even twisting them together.  They just twisted a wire nut onto the 2 mismatched wires.  Obviously it did not make a secure connection.  If you just barely bumped the wire it would lose the connection and the unit would shut off!

    Thanks for sharing a little of your personal "history" Mel.  It's quite interesting!

    TED

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