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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. I have always used 3 bricks in my Empire snowman, and he has never moved. When it comes to items such as the Union "North Pole" sign, I punched a hole in the bottom of the base, and I hammer a broom stick into the ground. I slide the Sign onto it and its good for the season...not safe from thieves though...
  2. Knight

    How Many Deer?

    In the Rankin/Bass animagic Rudolph special, the Japanese animators found it easier to simply animate just the six deer. In subsequent R/B specials the animators really honed their craft and you see all eight. In "A visit from St.Nicholas " Donner and Blitzen are originally named "Dunder" and "Blixem" which are rooted in the german words for thunder and lighting.
  3. It is the same sleigh. They took an Empire sleigh and painted it green, it also appears that they darkened the red on Santa's suit and made some other slight changes here and there. The reindeer are clearly from somewhere else.
  4. I agree, using snips are the way to go to trim the bases.
  5. Two years ago I replaced all of my bulbs in the molds with CFL's from Menards, the bulbs were 3 for $1.89, and they all still work. In the extreme cold it takes two minutes to achieve full brightness, but I have encountered zero problems with them and the money saved on power is extremely noticeable.
  6. The Empire/ GF sleigh is a classic and is more realistic, if that is possible. The Santa in the GV sleigh looks wild eyed and as if he is on something.
  7. Thanks for the effort in getting that resource up and running!
  8. American sales "50% off sale" is a complete and utter joke. You don't take half off of their price, you take it off of their "list price", which is actually higher than the MSRP in most cases. You end up saving a dollar or two on the item under their original price.
  9. The sleigh is a repainted Empire, but I have no idea where they got the reindeer from and have always wondered.
  10. Thank you for the sympathies candee and Pfeffie, I wish the best for your displays this year.
  11. I live on the Southwest side of Chicago, near a bar that closes at 4am. Slowly over the years things would disappear Fri and Sat night, all precautions were taken but not enough to stop intoxicated fools. The end result? My display is not close to half of what it once was, almost all molds that occupied the lawn including the Empire sleigh with nine reindeer are no longer displayed. These were lost to idiots over the years, driving me to scale back in fear of losing more: North Pole sign (Union) Blow mold penguin Santas Best Mrs. Claus Empire dancing Santa - when ripped away ,bulb and cord were left behind Flame top from Empire Noel candle Black Empire lamp post once included with caroler set (carolers were spared though) Three Featherstone green elves The only tip I have is porch lights, and living room light left on, since I began this practice the scaled back display has gone untouched.
  12. It wasn't Poloron, I wish I would have saved the pic when it was on Ebay a month ago. We know how the molds have changed hands over the years, and I was suprised to see the Empire sleigh with slightly different colors and it came with two deer. The vintage box was included, which had a stylized picture of the sleigh on the front, and the manufacturers name began with a "P". There were a couple of pictures in the auction, and one included a pic of it stamped 1964. I know what I saw, and I believe that it was created by another company and acquired by Empire,or Empire acquired that company as a whole.
  13. I hate to hijack a thread, but can anyone confirm that the Empire sleigh was not made by Empire originally? I saw one in a box on ebay, it was dated 1964 and was made by a company that started with a "P". The colors were also a little different. And yes, I feel like a thread hijacking hypocrite.
  14. The Empire sleigh is a classic, its never gone away. In the world of molds, the Empire is the most life like, where the GV is cartoonish and the Santa is quite frankly wild eyed and on something.
  15. How did this thread get hijacked from "are blow molds making a comeback" to the amount of overspray on a Santa?
  16. To address the original question of "are blow molds making a comeback"? I would say yes. Everything is cyclical, and I think that the molds are in the process of making a comeback. I don't think molds really had any competition for nearly 40 years, and then direct competition arrived in the form of silhouettes and those God awful used car dealer inflatables. When those arrived, people saw something new, and something that looked different from the molds they have had for years. People started buying into the new looks, and the molds didn't move at retail like they used to and so the production declined. Now I think people are getting sick of the inflatable look, their inflatable motors dying and the mess on their lawn during the day and are harkening back to when you put it out and you were done. Nostalgia beckons some young 20 somethings cause I have seen these young families buy tons of Halloween and Christmas molds at Menards. I hope we have reached the point where those inflatables are the ones collecting dust on the shelf. Buy a mold and support GF, their paint jobs need improvement but its all we have left.
  17. I have seen the GV deer used as a "Rudolph" at the front of the team, with the other eight being GF. That setup doesn't look bad, but I think they are too small used alone.
  18. Menards carries a huge amount of C9 and C7 strands, in ceramic multi and incandescent. They also have them in white and carry tons of replacement bulbs.
  19. I always see the mini multi color sets sell out right away, I think the rise in prices is due to profiting off of the people who refuse to use the blinding, looking into the sun LED's.
  20. Is it the GF ghost with the black cat and the pumpkin, or just the pumpkin like the one at Menards?
  21. With the exclamation point in your thread title I thought they did and you had pics.
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