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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. Odd, I bought one of the TPI snowman at an estate sale today and it already had the shovel in place.
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    I would guess for holiday decorations?
  3. The bag identified the manufacturer as "Base4", I do not recall any marking on the Flamingo itself except for a "Made in China". They are different in both color, and detail, from the Union Flamingos. I will try to remember to post pictures tonight.
  4. None of my neighbors in Farmingdale ever throw out molds... I look trust me Congrats!!
  5. I just thought I would give people a heads up, Target is selling Blowmold Pink Flamingos in their discounted section for $2.50 apiece, they seem to be about the same size as the smaller Union ones, but I think it is a different mold because this one has more feathering.
  6. None of those, but I do have two elves and a few Santas
  7. Hmmm... I am on Long Island...
  8. I think the same thing... I have one of the ones on the right in my display, and my wife says he needs a waxing bad. I also was unsure he made him, because I think the only mark I could find was something that looked like a peeled banana.
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    Group Buy?

    I would... don't know how much of it I could take, and I would not be able to pick up from you until the summer... but I would certainly be interested...
  10. David, Where are you at, I am on Long Island...
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    Craigs List Find

    If you do not want that Pumpkin, I could always take it off your hands the next time I am in Hermitage. I still have a bunch of molds in my in-laws basement that I need to haul back to NY How is Kraynak's Easter Display this year? Do they just have the GF bunny family, or anything else good?
  12. I am just wondering if anyone has any update, news, or information on availability for this?
  13. Here is an early shot of mine from this year's display... since that photo was taken I added the white coated snowman, and the GF ones that looks it is our of a Rass-Bankin cartoon. I really want to get the TPI Penguin with Snowman, and any others I may come across, but not that many stores sell them on LI, and I have never had good luck with thrift stores.
  14. This year will be my first easter display... pretty small, I think about 7 rabbits all total. Mom and Dad rabbit, the two kids, then three others.
  15. I live in Farmingdale, and might be interested in them... I am curious how much you would want
  16. A nursery called Hicks here on Long Island... they have blowmolds, but are so expensive.
  17. I picked up a new GF one at an after Christmas sale for $50... so they are out there
  18. I thought Grand Venture was back... or is that only sort of?
  19. That happens unfortunately all too often.
  20. Does anyone know if Kraynak's also sells Halloween molds? If so, my relatives in Hermitage have been holding out on me...
  21. Very impressive, I love what you did with it!
  22. Mine doesn't have any. But I cannot complain because I picked up three molds (Union Mrs. Claus, List Santa, and the TPI Snowman with Shovel) for free from Craig's List this afternoon.
  23. I would love to see a Blowmold of Clark W. Griswald, as he is slamming the plugs together in Christmas Vacation I would also like to see more Disney characters, Pluto, Donald, Chip and Dale, made to the same scale as the Santa's Best ones.
  24. Enjoy! I was there last day after Christmas and came back with Nut Crackers, a Snowman, Light Posts, and I forget what else. All I know is my wife had her long suffering sigh on the eight hour drive back to Long Island.
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