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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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About crazyaboutangels

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  • Birthday 06/18/1958

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    New York
  • Biography
    I am an avid blow mold collector, especially ones made by TPI.
  • Interests
    this and that
  • Occupation
    Sign Shop Owner
  • About my display
    All the lights on my house are blue.
  1. I think the wisest comment that was made here was: It is only funny if everyone is laughing. Obviously not everyone is laughing when others make fun of something that they enjoy. To suggest that the person lighten up because they do not like being ridiculed is unnecessary and demeaning. It's simple....Let's all respect each other. BTW..Yes, I do have blow molds in my display but I also have coro, wire frames, animation, thousands of lights and other forms of decorating elements.
  2. I agree Tom. I think there are a lot more closet blow molders than most people think. I say, come out into the light, join us, the water's fine!
  3. I've seen orange carrot noses on ebay during the Christmas season. I'm going to wait until I see one, then I'm going to paint it blue.
  4. Yes, I've bought items from them but you have to be careful. Some of the things that they have are returns or are missing parts, etc. Some just have open boxes. You can find out the condition by reading the detailed description for each item. The items that I bought in the past have been open box items and there has not been anything wrong the items. I guess it is hard for stores to sell something that has been opened and it ends up here...to be sold..at a discount.
  5. I guess you didn't get my subtle hint in the other thread so I'm glad that Buddy asked to see him. lol He looks great Tom. As usual, you did an outstanding job! I agree with Matilda, he does look like he's hitting on her saying "How about coming to my pond to see my Easter eggs?"
  6. There's a website called bargains and buy outs that has metal Heat & Snow Misers. You can even make an offer and usually get items for less than advertised. Here is the link. http://www.bargainsandbuyouts.com/servlet/the-17823/Freeze-Miser-Metal-Christmas/Detail
  7. Nice blow mold Mel. I like the colors on it and the size. I haven't seen that one either.
  8. I knew.. ..I just wanted to give you a chance to brag about him. He definitely is worth bragging about!
  9. I have 2 new in box Union egrets also. They are injection molded just like yours.
  10. I like your new avatar Tom. What mold is that?
  11. Instead of hunting rabbits, I think that Elmer Fred should go after that ground hog!
  12. Happy Birthday Peppers! Hope it's great!
  13. I enjoy seeing everyone's new acquisitions and watching their collections grow but they can and should be combined into one thread or blog. Modifications, repaints, or repairs are a different case though because I think that it is important to be able to search for these things if you want to reference them later. Just my 2 cents..
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