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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 DVC_Chris

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    Senior Member
  • Birthday 05/27/1980

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  • Location
    Long Island
  • Biography
    I moved into my first house with my wife in 2007, and since then my display has been growing exponentially each year.
  • Interests
    New York Mets, Disney
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Mostly blowmolds and lights, I do not care for the inflatables, but I do have one of Snoopy's doghouse.
  1. I could donate $20 to keep it up for 5 years.
  2. Anyone notice the Linus is missing?
  3. I wonder if that is what FP and I bought. But it is sad.
  4. Last year Father Penguin and I split an order directly from Drainage. They have some interesting molds that are unlike anyone else, the only downside that we both noticed was the paint wasn't that great, some of it started to flake off before we even displayed the molds. However, I am glad to have them in my display, as I do not know anyone else around me (except for FP) who has them. We dealt with a gentleman named Ken Kemp ([email protected]). The shipping was kind of high because they were sent freight.
  5. You can go to your local Home Depot (or similar) and get a lamp socket and some lamp cord, will probably run you about $5 for everything you need. That would triple your investment in the blowmold, but I think it is worth it
  6. I got mine last year on CL for $75 and was thrilled for that. He is perhaps the rarest mold I have in my collection.
  7. Mine were put away on Saturday.
  8. Me too here on Long Island... I figured if I didn't take it down, Sandy would take it down for me.
  9. I have the brown one. Have never seen the orange one. Of course, I got the brown one for $2 at a garage sale last year
  10. I haven't done it yet, but I have been thinking about using PVC Pipe at various levels, and sliding the wire stands into them. By staggering the heights of the PVC pipe, it would give the appearance of takeoff.
  11. A limited number of molds seem to be made by Prime Plastics, with very limited distribution. Although, at the super market by me, they had a whole display of Grand Venture JOLs. Wish they were making reindeer again, I need a few more.
  12. I do like that Sun Hill Skeleton with Tombstone, I have not been lucky enough to come across one yet. I spent a few hours today pulling my Halloween molds out of the rafters and crawl space. Looking forward to displaying my new Drainage pieces that I got this year.
  13. FP, every time my wife complains about my mold collection, I always show her pictures of your display and say, "I could do this!" Hope the twins are doing well.
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