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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.

westislipxmas

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About westislipxmas

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  • Birthday 11/23/1989

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  • My favorite Christmas story
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  • Location
    West Islip
  • Biography
    My father has been collecting blow molds and decorating my house since 1986. Since I was a little kid my father and I would always decorate the house the week of thanksgiving. The lights would always turn on the day after Thanksgiving. Now that I am getting older I do most of the decorating on the house however my father still helps out. Its a tradition that I will continue for the rest of my life and then one day pass on to my son.
  • Interests
    Fishing
  • Occupation
    College Student
  • About my display
    My father and I have about 250 blow molds and other decorations.

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  1. This is how the tan faded from sun. I purchased these brand new in tan. Now they are pink
  2. Anyone have any hamberger pieces for sale?
  3. Excellent job this year fp. Looked even better in person
  4. Think this is one I saw on ebay earlier this morning for $1000. Not positive. Congrats on the find
  5. Sorry to hear that. Besides having security cameras a cheaper way could be sensors. Security cameras are nice however you will never catch the person in the midst of the act. Last year we caught 3 people attempting to steal from our display. The sensors work great. I have several sensors that cover my property and once you step foot on ita an alarm goes of on a monitor within my house. The person doesn't even know the alarm is going off and within seconds we run outside and catch them. Definitely look into it. It's ashame we have to go through this trouble but it happens. Sorry again
  6. You can order replacement wings through general foam
  7. Thank you all for the comments. We were very happy with the new layout.
  8. Will post some daytime pictures later in the week!
  9. Hey all- Finally was able to get some nighttime pictures of our 2013 display. This year we did a half circle pathway and made our nativity set the focal point of the display. We are always trying to switch it up; however, its hard when you have very little room to work with. I also try to keep my blow molds in scenes. Gingerbread, snowman villlage, reindeer, elves, choir, penguins, disney, etc. This year we used just about 300 molds and still have roughly 100+ that are in storage. We hope you enjoy the display this year and would love to hear your feedback/suggestions. Enjoy and have a great Christmas! Please click the link below or copy and paste it in your browser. http://s1196.photobucket.com/user/westislipxmas/library/Christmas%202013
  10. Looks great. Nice collection of molds in such a short period of time. Next year will easily double. Keep it up
  11. I've never had any issue with them tipping over. I use cable and run it through the neck and tail of the reindeer and the Santa sleigh. Very sturdy and secures
  12. Look forward to seeing your xmas display this year...You got a lot of nice hauls over the past year
  13. Does anyone know what I can use as a motor and how to construct it. Thanks.
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