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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
    Thought it might be fun to take a look at the most prized Christmas decorations of our fellow collectors. These are some of mine. Some are sentimental (one is from one Grandmother, another is from my other Grandmother) and some are just my favorites. How about yours?
  2. 2 points
    Finally got around to making a candy cane streamer. Might add a few more candy canes.
  3. 1 point
    Attached are pictures from the display this year still not done but at this point little time to finish any more. I will try to post a video of Charle Brown Christmas story with LOR controllers running lights and blow molds. Due to my HOA I can’t have light that blink:(. One day we will move back out onto a farm!
  4. 1 point
    Donna, your Santa, Sleigh and Reindeer are Definitely Lidco. Here's a newspaper ad showing it with some other Lidco decorations. Mel
  5. 1 point
    It took a little over an hour to make. And yes,it lights up.
  6. 1 point
    Thanks; yeah i like the lanterns also; I've seen two other versions of them in catalogs, a "peace on earth" version and a "happy new year" but I've never seen either of them in the "wild" that is the original snowman and shovel; it was a lucky find last year. The shovel only has a small crack in it; it even came with the original box and i got a great price on it (shipping was actually the expensive part but that's common on big blow molds)
  7. 1 point
    here is the half page photo the Cartersville Ga Tribune put in Sunday paper and here is the link again to the story http://www.daily-tribune.com/stories/christmas-cheer-kingston-couple-transforms-property-into-winter-wonderland,23808?fbclid=IwAR3Z_kwfNnLG86c0aQG7HTRTO_GwJNUHENLLFyM1qrF-UnJQ14l-FvPLJ34#.Xe8DaHShXzN.link
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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
  9. 1 point
    I finally got the blowmolds I've wanted for years just two weeks ago: the empire blowmolds train and tender. I told my wife I felt like I'd just made the Saturday night live five-timers club!
  10. 1 point
    Here are a few of my favorites. The Season's Greetings blow mold was made by Dapol, the Santa Sleigh and Reindeer are either Lidco or Dapol and the Snowman is a complete mystery. I love that he has a carrot shaped mouth!
  11. 1 point
    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.
  12. 1 point
    With series bulbs the bulb voltage is chosen so that if you multiply the voltage by the number of bulbs it will add up to line voltage or approximately 120V. 43 X 3 is 129. If you replace all of them with 2.5V bulbs it will give you 107.5. This means you will be running them at a higher voltage than they were designed for. It just means the life of the bulb will be much shorter. I would not replace all of the bulbs at once. If you replace just one bulb it will mean that all of the other bulbs will only get a slight increase in operating voltage. It's much easier to replace just the one bulb and expect it to have a shorter life.
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    wireframes and pvc pipe display
  14. 1 point
    I make replacement noses If you end up buying them
  15. 1 point
    My attempt at classing it up a bit this year Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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