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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.

rrodgers

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rrodgers last won the day on October 30 2015

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About rrodgers

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  • Birthday 09/19/1963

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A Christmas Story
  • Location
    Michigan
  • Biography
    I am 51 years old. I have lived in Michigan most of my life. I have 2 daughters that are now both graduated from high school and taking college courses. I have been married for 26 years.
  • Interests
    Sports, bowling, and of course decorating
  • Occupation
    AP/Inventory
  • About my display
    I have 113 blow molds and 22 airblown inflatables. I don't keep tyrack of the number of lights. My wife likes to plug those into a music box that make the lights dance to the music.

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  1. That is AWESOME! I'm glad you were able to add both to your collection. The Snowman looks great!
  2. Congrats! I hope one day I can cross that one off my list also!
  3. AWESOME! I'm glad you can cross that one off of your list. I missed seeing the Snowman for $1500.
  4. There is a Santa on ebay right now. I hope this link works, http://www.ebay.com/itm/Poloron-Mechanical-Santa-Blow-mold-/111218110101?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19e51dae95 Good luck
  5. It's too bad those were never produced/\. I would love to have all of those!
  6. Those are awesome. I wish I could find some craigslist finds in my area. Congrats!
  7. I am going to attempt my first repaint project. I have searched the forums for products to use to strip the blow mold. 3M stripper seems to be a good choice but I can't seem to find it in my area. I bought Motsenbocker's Lift Off Spray Paint Graffiti Remover because it did list plastic on the package. Well, I tried it and it isn't doing anything to the paint. It was the only stripper that I found that listed plastic. The rest of them just say wood, metal, and masonry. I was a little worried about trying them because they didn't list plastic. Other than 3M, is there any brand that everyone has used that is safe for plastic and will do the job? Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Rick
  8. That is outstanding! Congrats on the great day!
  9. Awesome find! I would definitely hang on to that one. He will look great with your Mickey & Minnie.
  10. Yes, very cool. I remember my dad having those when I was growing up. Those pictures brought back a ton of memories. Thanks for sharing!
  11. I wish I lived near Painesville, OH... http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-EMPIRE-SNOWMAN-DERBY-HAT-CANE-LARGE-33-TALL-LIGHTED-CHRISTMAS-BLOWMOLD-/400514509762?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d40866bc2 A buy it now price of $15 for local pickup seems like a steal.
  12. I've been looking for that one myself. The ones on ebay always end up going for a lot more than I want to pay. Good luck! I hope you find one.
  13. They should have taken a poll on this site about the Linus. I'm sure everyone here wants one. I know I do. Thanks for posting the catalog.
  14. Keep on eye on ebay for the ear. I have seen them on there before. And congrats on adding a "coupe" of blowmolds from your want list!
  15. I got this idea from the thread asking for Charlie Brown & Linus blow molds. If you had the ability and of course the licenses for the characters to create blow molds, what would you create? I would love to have the Peanuts gang, the Grinch, the Heat & the Snow Miser. There are many others but that is what I would start off with first.
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