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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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  1. 2 points
    Some of these crumbly ol blowmolds have seen their share of holiday display action though. Memories of winter 2013-14
  2. 1 point
    Ive always use the silver poly tarps from menards, and know that poly tarps will degrade from sun exposure...sometimes less than a year in full sunlight. My tarp covered blowmolds were stored in an area of my property which is very shaded. One of the reasons i stored them there was because there was never enough sunlight to even grow grass, and i didnt want to kill the grass anywhere else in my yard. The poly tarps lasted quite a while, which might indicate that the amount of sunlight getting through the trees wasnt all that much if the tarps lasted 4-5 years. In that regard, the tarps were as much an effort to keep the blowmolds clean from leaves and tree sap etc. I don t disagree that the problem is mostly uv sunlight...and i agree that tarps are not the best uv protection...but some of my point is...that i had quite a few blowmolds under tarps, and the brittle crumbling effect im seeing is mostly on just 2 types of blowmolds. Maybe its a combination of blowmolds with 'thin' material areas combined with the effects of uv light, drying those this areas out even faster than other areas. That snowcover was an accumulation. We had a couple of big storms that season, and i think these photos were during or just after the snow stopped. Before the snow settles down i few inches lower. The season of 2013-14 was a bigger year for us at 70 inches. I think upstate NY gets signifificantly more than minneapolis does.
  3. 1 point
    Yeah, though ive cut way back, i do still buy nice blowmolds if i see them at garage sales. I refuse to pay 30-40$ for a blowmold at menards. If these dont fall apart in my hands come early january tear down, ill shoot for using them again. The tear down can be rough on them though, as they often freeze to the ground. A sturdy blowmold will pop loose from the ice with little effort. These brittle ones are a trick. Ocassionally, i have had to resort to pouring warm water on the bases to release them from the ground. I store them inside when theres room. At the height of my storage problem, i stored them outside covered with a plastic tarp. Since i typically buy my blowmolds at garage sales, its hard to say for sure how they were stored before i got them. That might be the bulk of the reason behind some blowmolds getting brittle and some not.
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