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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.

tycomike

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About tycomike

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  • Birthday 05/19/1975

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    London, Ontario, Canada
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    Livin' large
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    Woodworking, weightlifting, and Christmas
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    Punisher (nuff said)
  • About my display
    Childhood memories and nastalgia is what I try to accomplish.

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  1. tycomike

    Tpi Molds?

    Are these the TPI ornament molds? I bought them today at a local thrift store for $5. Or are they a knock off? Thanks.
  2. Got these today at the Value Village near my work. The pumpkins were $3 each, the light toppers were $0.50 each. I had one these pumpkins a couple of years ago from a town sale. But it didn't survive the trip home. Now I have 2. The light toppers only say "Made in China" on the bottom. I've never seen them before.
  3. tycomike

    Tpi Pumpkin

    I got this lovely TPI mold at Value Village. I was pretty happy when I saw it. I never realized how big it was. I paid $5 for it.
  4. So my nephew and I took a load of stuff to Value Village. When we were leaving I noticed a large trailer full of Christmas stock. As we drove past I spotted the top part of a head belonging to a TPI angel. I slammed on the brakes and pretty much ran inside. I quick asked someone if I could buy something off the trailer. She bluntly says, sorry but no. She then says, but my manager can help you. I tell the manager the same thing. She says the same thing back. But then says, well lets go have a look. So the manager walks up the steps to the trailer and pulls out the angel, then says, ya I can sell it to you, do you want both? Well I run up the steps and was doing an inside happy dance (cause no one wants to see my outside happy dance). Long story shorter, I got them both for $10. A little more than garage sale price. But when it comes to charity thrift stores, I don't mind paying extra.
  5. So my sister-in-law and her husband have helped me yet again. Last week they hit a town sale. They came across this lot of 9 molds. Sellers first says $2 a piece. So I tell them to get the candy canes and little ghost. Next thing I know their texting me that it cost $10. So I said leave 'em. But they got all 9 for $10. Now I'm into quadruplicates on some of them. Thanks.
  6. Bought these 5 yesterday from Kijiji for $20. Hoping for a quick turn around on the cause the last thing I need us another nativity scene. I really only needed the animals. But I just couldn't resist. Thanks.
  7. NatBlowmold PM sent.
  8. tycomike

    Face Paint

    Thanks Richard. I'll be looking for a can of that. Thanks.
  9. So I contacted this lady tonight. She's selling this TPI set. I got her down to $25. Anyone interested in Mary, Joseph, and shepherd boy? I just recently ordered a shepherd boy. Thanks.
  10. My 3 acquisitions from today, and they're all TPI. Little snowman was at a town sale for $1. Only blowmold in the whole town. Pumpkin post, was at a street sale for $1. While Santa with Dalmatians was a hospital sale for $3. It was a good day.
  11. tycomike

    Face Paint

    Thanks Kev and PlasticParadise. I figured I'd have to end up mixing my own. I'll have to play around with some colors. Thanks. (null)
  12. tycomike

    Face Paint

    Thanks Rocco Lameo. I have Buttercream. But I'm looking for a more flesh or pinkish colored one too. Thanks.
  13. tycomike

    Face Paint

    Ottawa Barry what brand was it? Thanks. (null)
  14. tycomike

    Face Paint

    Thanks Richard. I'll look for that one. Thanks.
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