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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.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • 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.

Knight

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  1. Knight

    Gf Frosty

    Yep, he is in such great shape that I swear that picture is from a catalog.
  2. Everything listed here by Bill is all Menards is carrying this year, which is still a lot. They will not have the 48'' Santa or snowman, or Mr. & Mrs. Claus.
  3. I am an Empire nut, probably because all of my grandparents and parents molds were always Empire. Personally, I think they have made the best looking snowman, candles and sleigh. I want to acquire a Poloron Santa, but my wife keeps telling me that most of those Santas look freaky as opposed to Empire.
  4. I have the giant face, and it is easy to hang. I placed a few rocks in him for weight to prevent him blowing side to side, then I bought a small silver hook at the hardware store. Drilled directly into the mortar, used a plastic molly and screwed it in. The hook is barely noticeable and the hole in the back of the face supports it fine.
  5. I remember when FIM actually lived up to its billing as the "Christmas giant", they are now a shadow of their former selves.
  6. Thanks for the info! I plan on using them to reduce my monthly contribution to ComEd.
  7. Should you use them, or will cold weather affect them too much?
  8. I guess that you haven't seen Menards $200.00 Santa statue, it is about five feet tall and has a bronze look to it.
  9. You are correct, I have erroneously posted twice and it may have contributed to a mass panic concerning molded plastic holiday decor supply. I will now double check my sources as to avoid a similiar situation in the future.
  10. Thanks for the Welcome Carrie! I live in the city Near Midway airport.
  11. I do business that includes stopping at many Menards locations, I asked a GM about the supply of the giant snowman and Santa, and he told me four per store, perhaps it was only in the Il locations.
  12. FYI to all of my fellow blow mold nuts, Menard stores have only been allocated four of each the giant snowman and Santa's. So if you want one, you better get it fast cause they won't last, just yesterday I witnessed two giant snowmen being purchased. Greetings to all, I am a Christmas fanatic and am glad to be here!
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