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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.

ernie

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About ernie

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    antiques
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    self employed
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    just starting
  1. Wanna break the bank open and buy a projector to make the pumpkins sing! What is the best one everyone using? Would like to use for Xmas too. Looking for something bright and with a cheap replacement bulb. Know this has been posted before, but it is 2012, post the best deals of 2012 here!
  2. I have these now. There is one on ebay now ($29.99). Dimensions are 12" tall, 17" wide. No lights. I believe there are 10 per box, NEW. Sell the box for $100 + shipping + 3% for paypal or credit cards.
  3. Shipping on the east coast has been running cheaper than I thought, price for 4 pcs dlvd is roughly $100. I might be able to fit 5 or 6 in the box and shipping price will not change. Shipping to CA is about $30 for 4 pcs ($110 dlvd). Cheaper than eBay and mine are NEW
  4. Got these today, a few destroyed cardboard boxes of 6, they will have to be repacked. Will sell any qty, $20 each + ship. Will post photos later. All new, some brand new, others with light rubs or dirty from being impoperly stored. None are damaged. Have 40 of them.
  5. Anyone interested in some of these? not sure how many per box. Have acess to 100+ (and I have the eyes for them (stickers).
  6. Hello All Just ran into some new-old-stock from Union, 40+ uncle sams. All brand new, I think in boxes of 4 or 6, need to check. Will advise, and only sell by the box so I do not have to repack. I'm going to need about $20 each + shipping Send a message if interested and when I get them, I'll get in touch in the order you get to me. Probably won't be for a few days, maybe longer. No guarantees. I'd like to trade some for a Mickey and Minnuie XMAS mold if someone wants to trade, you'll be first in line if you can trade. ***** edit to clarify - it is $20 per sam, not per box.
  7. Santa's Helper, where are you located? for some reason, I can not send a direct message to you.
  8. Looking for a large, indoor type display like the ones we saw when we were kids. Animated elves, houses, lights, plywood cut outs, trains, etc. Commercial display that was set up in Malls, etc. Anyone? Looking in the New England area.
  9. oh yeah, pic of mine (deleted) I need to resize, will post later
  10. I need a nice wooden manger, anyone sell these? My baby Jesus is wired to one of the wise men so it makes it harder to steal!
  11. Scored some BRAND NEW Union stuff this weekend (Leominster is not too far from here) Stuff I am keeping 6 Uncle Sam 1 Magenta 40+ inch snowman 1 Red Elf Stuff I'd sell see the photos below... (first 2 photos) a few Red small snow man (about 20") a few Blue small snow man (about 20") 2-3 Golden Bears Not sure what I want for them, they are brand new in the box (6 to a box) Would trade for something I don't have, or sell outright.
  12. Ssssshhhhh... only place I have found them. A bit expensive but worth every penny when you want to plug something into the back of a mini string that is not polarized. I have made little adapters so I don't have to cut the ends off of a polarized male. Use a female and one of these and about 6 inches of spt-1 wire. http://www.aachristmas.com/vpasp/shopexd.asp?id=205&bc=no
  13. Well, I guess I got my answer. It was shipped on October 31, 10 days after payment. Came from Maryland and was delivered TODAY, November 17. Way too long by no fault of the seller. I will refund his $50 but still make the donation to Toys for Tots. Lets put this thread to rest. Thanks.
  14. I'll raise my hand and let everyone know I am his horrible buyer. I was not going to post since it seems the tone of this discussion was not throwing the buyer under the bus, but I think that people here are forming their own opinions and not posting. Everyone one of these "disputes" always shows one side of the story, and of course, that is what happened here. Scott starts off his post by saying "A few weeks ago". Well, actually, payment was made on 10/21. More like a month, not a few weeks. He offered me the mold on 10/21 for $35, I sent him $40 to help with excessive postage if he needed it on 10/21. Via PM here, on Nov 1 "Been a week, sent payment via paypal, never heard back from you, did you ship the XXXX? tracking #? " no reply, and after seeing he was still active and posting here (is he ignoring me?) I PM and this time email him again on 11/5 "Hello---- did you ship? why no reply to my emails?" Finally, for the first time on Nov 6, he replies "Sorry, for some reason I didn't get your last e-mail. Yes, he was shipped. I'll get the tracking number and get back to you." No reply until 11/11 (5 days later, now 21 days after payment) "I could never get the tracking number......". So, here I am, sent payment to a seller on October 21. We've gone back and forth a bit between 11/11 and today. And although I have asked him several times, as of today, I still have NO IDEA when he shipped this blow mold. How am I supposed to be patient when I have no idea when he shipped it? Did he ship it on 10/22 or 11/1? or 11/11? He has never answered me, nor could he provide a tracking #. I never assumed he stole my money, however when a seller avoids communication, what is the buyer to do but to assume he is going to be out the money? Yes I did threaten to contact paypal to get my money back (if he did not refund it first), and yes I told him I'd run a message here. I even told him I don't care about the money and I'll split it with him if it really is lost, but with no tracking #, and I don't know if he shipped it today or 11/1 or 10/22, how long am I supposed to wait? How am I supposed to know he even shipped it or if it is even lost? For all I know, it could be at my PO, but without a tracking # it is impossible to tell. (it is not, I asked my PO to look for it) This whole thing could have been avoided with simple emails and communication to me. It was over 2 weeks before he even replied to me to confirm he got the payment .Not to mention, the mold he sold me for $35/$40 sells for over $100 on eBay, so my suspicions starting arising that he was going to renege on the deal since I did not hear from him for 2 weeks. So if I'm jumping the gun here and not being patient enough waiting for close to one month for my mold, then I guess I am wrong. I am not mad at Scott. He refunded my money as he said, and for some reason sent another $10 ($50 total). I do not want the money and my business does a big promotion with toys for tots and I'll donate an extra $50 to that charity. He ran the message here, I did not (nor was I going to since I got a refund). The best thing everyone should learn from this, is that you can never have enough communication. When you sell something, let the buyer know when you shipped it, let them know if it is insured or has a tracking #. Buyers need to be patient and realize it could take the PO 7-10 days to ship stuff coast to coast via parcel post (I am in the Boston area). Finally, I have been a registered and active eBay seller since July of 1996 (15 years). Just a quick look at my computer, my business has shipped over 38,000 orders via USPS since June of 2005 totaling over $11 Million. I am very familiar with the seller retail end of the business, very familiar with the inner workings of USPS, and very familiar with upset buyers and we have given back tens of thousands of dollars in refunds to people that probably didn't deserve it or were scamming us.
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