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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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DVC_Chris

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  1. 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
  2. Last year I stored them all in my crawl space, but even though the area was large, it would take three or four hours to move the molds in and out of them. This year I have made more room on shelves in garage and the garage eaves, still will have a bunch in the crawlspace, but a lot less I think. In the eaves I am putting my GF Elves, candles, soldiers, lollipops, and one or two other items. The shelves get my gingerbreads and Mrs. Clause. I am also proud of the way I am storing my candy canes. I took a long PVC pipe and screwed it in to the studs in my garage, and hung the candy canes on it between the studs. Managed to get 25 of them on there.
  3. Probably for efficiency. This way they can have male and female angels and choir figures by using one big mold for the body, and separate smaller molds for the head.
  4. In some ways it reminds me of the stuff that was originally made by Bayshore. Same scale, coloring, detail level, etc.
  5. Prime Plastics is making some Grand Venture stuff as well. That is two more than last year.
  6. DVC_Chris

    Ebay win!!!

    Thats great. I have a clear one that I tried to do a repaint on. It looks great, until you light it up Very nice though.
  7. Oh yeah, that one is a repaint I think. I thought you guys were talking about a different one.
  8. I have seen him for sale on Holidaves, so I do not think it is a repaint.
  9. Congrats! That is a very elusive one.
  10. I would not agree that demand is low. Typically, at the end of the Christmas season, blow molds are sold out of many stores while inflatables and other such items are there in abundance.
  11. They have it on the Streets of America now, not the residential area. I liked it better in the residential area myself.
  12. For you in Pittsburgh, drive up Rt 60 to Hermitage, and go to Kraynak's. They have a large selection.
  13. Don't know that anyone knows what you are talking about.
  14. Ha, yeah, he was like a pusher with those choir peeps when I saw him. I will keep a look out for you though, as that one is of no interest to me. You never know when you will find that one mold you were looking for though.
  15. So I am reading the November magazine, and see the article on vampire plugs, and am wondering where they have been all my life. I just do not want to overload the line, so I am curious, if I use molds with all CFL and C7 bulbs, how many could you say could go on each line? Also, is this something that you can typically find locally, because I put in vampire plug in homedepot.com and found no search results.
  16. Wiseman are out of stock again. They must be flying off the shelves!
  17. Good to see another Long Islander, I am in Farmingdale myself. I do not know if he still has it, but there is a guy named Sal out in Coram who has been almost spamming Craig's List with the molds for sale. I am pretty sure he had it when I was there about a month ago, but it was not cheap. Here is his most recent ad, it is not listed, but things pop in and out of his ads all the time. http://longisland.craigslist.org/for/2076404997.html Good luck.
  18. If you are going to use a bunch close together, I noticed the Ace Hardware by me had a string of 6 for pretty cheap too.
  19. I usually put the cheap ones up, also weighing them down with bricks, and putting them on PVC poles. If you want to get really serious, chains and cinder blocks.
  20. I need to work on increasing my GV sleigh set as well... I picked up the sleigh and 4 deer with boxes this summer for $50
  21. Just wanted to give everyone a heads up, Miles Kimball has a blow mold ghost on sale for only $8 plus $4 S&H. I think it is a drainage one but not 100% sure. Here is the link
  22. Growing up on Long Island, we always only Trick or Treated on Halloween proper. I was surprised as anything when I went to college and was getting Chinese food for dinner on 10/28 and saw the kids making their rounds.
  23. I love that building. A few years ago we were down there for the Christmas season, and took a Holiday tour that they were offering, and one of the stops was inside of that building. It was amazing, even though it was over half empty because all of the decorations were out. Plus back in 2000 I was in the College Program working down there, and there is a store for Cast Members where Disney gets rid of stuff they do not need anymore, we bought some garland that used to decorate one of the hotels.
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