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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.
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  • 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. I was lucky enough to see his Thanksgiving Display last year... it is amazing.
  2. *cough* Father Penguin *cough*
  3. Last year I purchased a TPI Ghost with Tombstone from someone on this board, and it got lost in the mail. Thankfully, the seller offered (and I agreed) to purchase insurance on the mold before it was sent. When the item never arrived on my doorstep (even though the USPS had it marked as delivered), we were able to get the money back from the USPS, and I got my refund. I understand where you are coming from, but while the buyer has the responsibility to pay the seller in a timely manner, the seller also has the responsibility to ensure that the buyer receives the item, including keeping the tracking number, and offering insurance. Just my two cents.
  4. You can also tell with this one that it was displayed for a long time. Take a look at the discoloration between the front and the back. The front definitely had a lot of sun exposure and fading. Is your GF one labeled as such? Also, does anyone know if Bayshore was based in Bayshore, NY? That is only about 10 miles from me, so I figured I would come across one of their molds eventually.
  5. Hi everyone, I bought this at a thrift store in my area for 35 cents: I know it was originally made by Bayshore, and later by Empire. I cannot find any logo on it, does that mean it was made by Bayshore? Or did Empire ever make it without the logo, or was there a third company that made it at some point? Any insight would be helpful.
  6. Shall I remind you of your Thanksgiving Display?
  7. Usually I use a broom handle and push the dent out. Never had a problem doing it that way.
  8. I actually just got two of these in a lot I bought on eBay, but they were not in the first round that I picked up. I will be getting them on Tuesday and I will see if there is anything on them.
  9. Wow, I did not know that they made a large version of that bunny. That is rough though.
  10. I have always been happy with my orders from Gidget as well. I have always been of the opinion that if you do not like the price, no one is forcing you to hit the bid button.
  11. I know I tried to paint a TPI Ice Coke Bear that I bought... it came out pretty nicely until I lit it up. I might try stripping it again and repainting it next year.
  12. The tree is a TPI. You got a great deal!
  13. Lets see... 1) Poloron Camel 2) Empire Camel 3) Two Lollipops 4) Drainage "Noel" Snowman 5) Grand Venture Packers Colored Snowman 6) Uncle Sam 7) Set of Empire Wiseman for my wife's Uncle (with one extra of one of them). 8) Assorted 12inch snowman, mostly empire, but one union. I almost got that Mrs. Claus, I like her better than the Union one I have, but my wife's uncle has been looking for a good deal on wisemen for a while, and I decided to be nice since he gave me my Snoopy last year. I already found a set of Pilgrims to go with my turkey, so I did not get those, and sadly he did not have any Indians. Thanks again for the tip Mike.
  14. Did you get those from Mike in Shirley? I was there yesterday around 1 and picked up a load of them from him... don't have pictures up yet, but he did have some nice stuff he was selling. I thought his prices were pretty fair.
  15. And sometimes they just show up on your doorstep, like a TPI snowman I got last year.
  16. Congrats. I know how hard those little suckers can be to come up with. I think I am up to 6 (or is it 8) now... now I am looking for from that line is the house.
  17. @FP - Good luck with the season! Thanks for the information about Mr. Pumpkin Man. The Cookie Jar is an Empire one.
  18. Thanks all. Was really happy to come across this haul. Does anyone have more information on that TPI pumpkin man? I do not recall seeing him before.
  19. I had a good day at the garage sales today. Went to one around 20 minutes away from me that was at eight different houses, the first seven were duds, but the last one I hit pay dirt. Then I went to one more on the way home and made a few more scores. I won't be keeping all of them, but I did find a few nice permanent additions for my display, like the Union Angels, the Uncle Sam (even if he is damaged) and the TPI, well I am not quite sure what he is, but he is cool. Everything in these pictures I got for around $25.
  20. Jeez John, no wonder I couldn't find any blow mold easter stuff at any garage sales. Great display. Looks amazing.
  21. Ah Kraynak's. I never have seen its Easter display... but they do have tons of nice molds at Christmas.
  22. Just wanted to share a link to my 2011 Easter Display album: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.10150155112503843.296630.595398842&l=c95637a968
  23. Why do I sense an April's Fools here?
  24. Just thought I would share this little tidbit with other people who would appreciate it. I just saw Gnomeo & Juliet, and while not the funniest cartoon ever, one of the characters was a plastic pink flamingo, and the character's name was Featherstone
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