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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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    Here are the pictures! Finally got mine.
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    Hello Everyone, I am a long time blow mold and vintage Christmas collector, but new to your group. I recently bought a metal mold to make a new reproduction the Old Empire - Elf sitting on Snowball blow mold. I sadly found it had been bought by a scrap yard I assume for the metal. As we know this was normal when many Blow Mold companies went bankrupt. I have contacted Cado and Christmaslightscreations.com that has some Grand Venture molds about taking the next step to actually create a new version with new paint, as not to be confused with the originals. Does anyone know of other companies that still makes blow molds with paint in the USA? I would like to Crowd Fund the making of a short run for fellow collectors like you. I hope to take any profits to rescue other molds from being eventually destroyed. Sorry for being so long winded but I respect your knowledge. Thank you, RICH - SOB - Save Our Blow molds
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    Rich: WELCOME to Planet Christmas and especially to the blowmolds forum! I'm glad somebody's working on this. I would like to offer a suggestion. If you are thinking of trying to make a "short run" for collectors then I would not worry about painting or masks at this time. We collectors/displayers would be happy to buy them unpainted and do our own painting. (If you browse around the blowmold forum here you can see many examples of painting 'molds.) Christmas Lights Creations owns a couple molds (maybe more?) and the last time I checked their website they were selling them unpainted so it is a viable option. It would also make the blowmolds more affordable for people to buy. I think it would be much better to focus on buying (saving!) the old molds while they still exist rather than spending money on having paint masks made. TED
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    I almost forgot to post about these very cute blow molds on QVC Christmas in July! The Angel has a flickering candle flame, the Snowman has a flickering lamp and Santa has a flickering lantern. Today is the last day they are $49.98 each and $7.50 shipping. Regular cost is $61.00. No Batteries, they plug in.
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    I wish they were 3 ft not 2ft, with 2ft blowmolds, I don't like them outside because of the snow. And with LED they stay cold and the snow, doesn't melt. LOL the debate of the LED conversion.
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    Made this up tonight. I took three wire wreath frames. 2 12" for ears and 18" for the head. 50 count blue strand and just zip tied it all up. Plan is to make a bunch more and then "hide" them through out my entire display. We kind of are a big Disney family. I need to get a few to make smaller and maybe one large one for the roof. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    Im happy with the way they look and the quality. I’m not happy with the switch on them it’s covered with a rubber cover to turn on off etc. so that’s a bit weird. And battery compartment has 4 little screws to take out when you need to install batteries so that may be an issue especially in the cold lol. I may switch them over to electrical. I’m doubting 3 d batteries will last long.
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    They also had the tree. The red truck Mr. Christmas is producing this year is one that I’m excited for.
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    Hey Donna, it's been hot here lol. Actually, I have sold off 90% of my molds, just tooooo damn cold and the space they take up lol. I will have some, but nothing like I have had in years past.
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    Those are cool. Nice that they plug in.
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    I know what you mean. I am about 30 miles north of Albany. I have a covered front porch so it could work but would need rechargeable batteries for sure.
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    I would check out light o Rama tutorials at the bottom of page are power point (pdf) you might find useful. Chuck had a LOR class I went to in 2013 and a lot of the information is in tutorials. I have not made the step to RGB but I know from class you can add on RGB items and keep using older units as well. Also the Light O Rama help desk is supper helpful if you have questions. Good luck!
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    so what's the trick to posting a vid to youtube and avoiding getting it yanked by their licensing rights? My old vids got pulled by them-- posting this year's, and would like to tag it appropriately as fair use...etc. Colin
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