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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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    Hello Everyone! I've lurked here off and on for a couple years now and have learned a lot from the discussions.  I recently saw that people are hoping for a bit of a resurgence of the site, so I decided it was time for me to register and contribute what I can. Also, I'm not a Facebook user so I don't have anywhere else to obsess over blow molds with fellow fans. :)

    Blow molds feature very strongly in my childhood Christmas memories. My grandparents and parents all displayed a few and when my family drove around to look at lights, my favorite displays were always the ones with an abundance of blow molds. I've been amassing my own collection for about four years. I put up a yard display at Halloween and Christmas and I have a few of the blow molds from other holidays that I display inside. Some photos of this year's Christmas display are below (if I'm posting them correctly...).

    Thank you to everyone who shares their photos, expertise, and leads here. I've found it all tremendously helpful and interesting. 

    ~Jen in Kansas City

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    Hi Jen,

    Welcome!  Your decorations are beautiful!!  You must be the best in the neighborhood!  This site has helped me also, everything from blow mold history and repair questions to replacing mini bulbs.  :)

    Donna

    ......I just noticed your vintage candles next to your fireplace.....awesome!

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    On 12/7/2019 at 11:43 AM, KC.Blow.Mold.Enthusiast said:

    Hello Everyone! I've lurked here off and on for a couple years now and have learned a lot from the discussions.  I recently saw that people are hoping for a bit of a resurgence of the site, so I decided it was time for me to register and contribute what I can.

    Hi Jen,

    Welcome to Planet Christmas and especially to the blowmolds forum!  You've collected a bunch of really nice 'molds in a fairly short amount of time!  Like the rest of the group I like the candles by the fireplace.  The flames look like the Empire type but I don't recognize the candles.  I like the way you set up your Santa sleigh and reindeer with the reindeer "taking off".  (There have been many discussions on here about different ways to display Santa sleigh and reindeer.)  The little snowmen in the window look like they are laughing at the 3 large snowmen out in the cold.  (Of course who will get the last laugh?)  You've created a very nice well balanced display!

    TED

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    Thank you again for all the kind words!

    TED, this is the first year I’ve had the reindeer off the ground and I was happy with how it all turned out. We have a very steep roof and inconveniently placed trees, so stakes in the ground seemed like my best bet. I did have to drill holes in the deer which I had been very reluctant to do before.

    The shrink wrapped candles are by Empire. I love how detailed the little scenes are and the coloring of the flames. I don’t buy many molds on eBay but when I saw these last summer I couldn’t resist. (I paid $64 for the pair in case anyone is curious. Also, one of them is damaged where the flame meets the candle.) 

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    That mark, if it’s not clear enough, reads: 024635, Empire, Tarboro, NC, Made in the USA

    I didn’t know much else about them until another pair showed up on eBay recently. 

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F223743230471

    The posting seems outrageous but it includes an image from Empire’s 1991 catalog, which supposedly was the only year they were produced. 

    B02DAED2-3FB5-4063-99E7-F9FD895AAF5F.thumb.jpeg.c045861201150cba042a657164cb1082.jpeg(Photo credit: eBay user michael.kratochvil)

    I hope this is helpful. I’ll be curious to see what additional information turns up. 

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    Thank you for posting the pictures of the candles, these are the first close up pictures of them that show the design that I have seen.  They are so rarely seen that I had forgotten about them, like Ted I thought the flames looked like Empire but wasn't sure.   I see from the Empire part number on the candle that the candle mold itself apparently was made specifically for that candle at the time as Empire calls it a "Candle with shrink sleeve" in their master list for their molds.  They introduced your candle as new in 1990 with a catalog #1601 and called it a "Decorative Candle", in 1991 they made it again and they introduced another candle as new using the same candle mold  but with a different shrink wrap design and  gave is a catalog #1600.  They called that one a "Decorative Candle (Poinsettias)".

    Mel

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    3 minutes ago, comet said:

    Yeap. I noticed the base was different than other candles plus it had to be a smooth candle to get the wrap on. 

    Don't see many of those.....

     

    That is why I checked the part number on the Empire mold master list because I could not think of any candles that Empire made that would be smooth for the shrink wrap to fit over.

    Mel

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    2 hours ago, Mel Fischer said:

    Thank you for posting the pictures of the candles, these are the first close up pictures of them that show the design that I have seen.  They are so rarely seen that I had forgotten about them, like Ted I thought the flames looked like Empire but wasn't sure.   I see from the Empire part number on the candle that the candle mold itself apparently was made specifically for that candle at the time as Empire calls it a "Candle with shrink sleeve" in their master list for their molds.  They introduced your candle as new in 1990 with a catalog #1601 and called it a "Decorative Candle", in 1991 they made it again and they introduced another candle as new using the same candle mold  but with a different shrink wrap design and  gave is a catalog #1600.  They called that one a "Decorative Candle (Poinsettias)".

    Mel

    Mel,

    My Empire 1990 catalog shows the colors a bit different.  It shows a yellow painted swirl on the white flame and a red painted band around the bottom.  The candles, as we see above, are in the 1991 catalog along with the poinsettia shrink wrapped one.

    Donna

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    10 minutes ago, donna123 said:

    Mel,

    My Empire 1990 catalog shows the colors a bit different.  It shows a yellow painted swirl on the white flame and a red painted band around the bottom.  The candles, as we see above, are in the 1991 catalog along with the poinsettia shrink wrapped one.

    Donna

    Donna,

     

    Yes, I see what you are referring to, the color differences can be easy to explain, they just used a different color flame in 1990 and I assume the band is just painted different colors.  They were  still  from the same candle mold.  The two shrink wrap candles are the only candles I can think of  that used that particular smooth mold.

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    Thanks k c for posting.  My desktop has been giving me fits for months  so I don,t post as much, but I still follow pic.  I try to tell everyone I can about pc and all of the help it's been.  I would not be able to do half of what I do if not for the patient and helpful pc members.  You'll find the members can answer just about any question you have!

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    Nice display. I like the blue snowman. Im running some colored bulbs in a few of my snowmen again this year.

    Additionally... Im especially loving the clarity of your outdoors photos. What is your secret? .. my pics seem to wash out. You must be using a 'real' slr type of digital camera on a tripod, with a slow exposure?  I get too much traffic to be able to set up a camera on a tripod and shoot time exposed photos.

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