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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 02/06/2018 in all areas

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    Here are some pics of the 2017 display. Some things I wanted to do never got done, due to time. I wasn’t able to start until it was already October. Many, many improvements already underway for 2018. Also, I do realize I’m wildly late to post this. My apologies I was going to upload videos as well, but can’t seem to figure it out
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    Today was a sad day for me. As most know, GFP re-opened their doors after prepping for the auction. Why is it a sad day for me? not because they are closing. I have had many chances to go working nearby. What saddened me was how people have acted over the past few weeks there and on the Blow Mold Nation Facebook group. I sometimes wish Facebook would disappear because even though this site is used less, the BMN Facebook group is overrun by people who are disrespectful, care more about making a buck, and less about the Christmas spirit. Which is sad to me. I am only 37 but the day I found out about GFP, it was like the coolest thing in the world (and for people who have never been able to go check out the warehouse pre-2017, you missed out). If I could take the knowledge and respect of others on here over at BMN, it would be great. I never thought I would meet rude people at GFP but sadly I have over the past few weeks. I will miss GFP. I will miss going every November. I will miss taking my wife and kids. But at least the day ended on a good night, I got the last piece I really wanted. I got a GFP train with Santa.
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    Been around planetchristmas lurking for several years but just decided to try my hand at an animated display. I have had regular lights for many years and even toyed with the LOR software several years ago but never got any controllers. I recently just picked up a couple LOR160xWs and wanted to make a small show with some tomato cage christmas trees i built with 5 different color strands on each one. I have an ancient copy of LORs showtime suite 1.5 but I cant get any music to open with the software. I even tried to download a few sample files to get an idea of how they work but none will open with the software. Should i just buy the basic version of S4 since what I have is so old? Any help getting started would help. Ive looked at some PDFs floating around but since what I have is so old it doesnt help much. thanks jimmy
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    Spybook SUCKS!! Get it out of your life...you WILL feel better it's a very toxic place the be..to many busy bodies and amber hit the nail on the head..
  6. 1 point
    So I was there today as well. And the “real” collectors or people of BMN are not the ones trying to make a buck. There is a group of people who showed up at the warehouse with trailers and their intent was to only resell. They listed nutcrackers online for $90. Sorry about the people. I was across the street when they opened and missed the action, but one of the workers told me crazy they acted. Someone told me how you could hear all the blow molds falling over. When I got there she was arguing with a guy cause he wanted two trains and limit was one Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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