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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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Showing content with the highest reputation on 12/13/2017 in all areas

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    We are getting some early snow here in NYC. I took a few shots of my blow molds in the snow. Nothing fancy, I'm a poor photographer, just a few photos taken with my flipphone.
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    Here are a couple Winfield plans projects that I've completed.
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    Enjoy! I cheated some with the led flood against the maple, I change the setting every few days on it lol. The last photo was about 1/4 away from the neighboring road across the valley.
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    Here's my display for 2017. Some molds are part of the show and some are not.
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    Picked these up and redid them. Will have a total of 14 in the display this year.Before is the bottom pic and the pics show how they look now, also did some customized strips on 4 of the 14. 10 will stay original
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    I won Light O Rama 2016 Christmas contest category 7
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    Here is some pictures of my display, nothing special. Like everyone else, already trying to figure out how to make it better. Located in sunny Southern California.
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    The good ol' TOC I spent some time there many years ago and am still here, it wasn't anything to get upset about. I got much worse then that when I was a kid. Mel
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    The glitter looks great, being gone!! The glotter,in my opinion, looked like a last ditch effort,for the "bling",and looked yuck! So,that being said, good call and they look good:) Reminds me, glitter on blowmolds= B-Dazzler of yester year...2 puky inventions. Sure,glitter is fine for arts and crafts, NOT molds
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    Great decision! Using the "Goo Gone" was a good idea. I hadn't thought of that. I agree with you and Allen. They look great without the glitter! Now you can see that they are in great condition! TED
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    Stephen Blue, That is amazing, I love the density of lights. That must be a herculean task to set up. My wife and I start the weekend after Halloween and come nowhere close to what you have. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    This one may be of interest, especially to Mel Not technically a Blow Mold as it is a vacuum formed flat back unit. Found it on e-Bay and thought it was interesting enough to share with the group. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-50s-Paramount-Three-Wise-Men-Illuminated-Lighted-Christmas-Wall-Plaque/222746500375?hash=item33dcb9dd17:g:2A4AAOSwEZdaKLYz
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    TIKOO or King, (as I seem to be in a humorous mood this morning....) No silent as an old church mouse! Does not sound like any power is getting to them! I have opened up poor Santa a little more and have included pictures but I stopped short of completely removing both motors as of yet. They both seem to be approximately the size of a "C" Battery. But I began to wonder if I should first ask if it would be strange for both motors to fail at the same time. Is there something I should explore in the control box first? But after Stripping and Restoring an Old Corvette I have learned that the most unimaginable is very, very possible! So But here are the pictures of how far I went. Should I continue to remove motors or is it worth at least popping the back off of the control box?
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    finals of max and cindy lou. I just pulled out the black 12 gauge wire from some extra romex for max's string and Cindy's hair. In the back I have 1/2" white PVC attached with zip ties. Pound some 1/2" rebar in the ground and the PVC slips right over. a little blurry from my phone, but you can see how they fit in the display. Grinch is still in progress. The wife's truck dumped the transmission so I have been distracted.
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