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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.


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  1. 1 hour ago, Big J Illinois said:

    Which wattage bulb? Also, the purple and blue one....can those be lit as well?

    I drilled a small hole for any necessary drainage. I used just an ordinary 4 watt night light bulb.


    The other Bell has the hole drilled at the lowest point, I'll rectify this one after the season. The one or two times in did rain in mid November, I checked and due to the proximity of it being under the gutter, it didn't really take on any water.

    Next year I'm going to add a bit of sand to reduce the sway in high winds. Here in Chicago we had a day with 50mph gusts and they shifted a bit on the gutter. The added weight will keep them steady and end shifting. I'm going to use a small amount of silicone to seal the tiny gap from the hole I drilled for the light kit to end any water getting in. 

    Before that I plan on switching to LED soft white bulbs so I won't have to worry about bulb changes for awhile.

  2. I lit mine with a simple C7, it's bright enough to me. I bought a couple last year, used a boring bit and made a perfect hole for the bulb.



    Oh and I knew others thought the same thing I did when I first saw these at retail, "I'm lighting those up!"

    A friend of mine did a shading of the "NOEL" from the Empire candle, made a stencil of it and painted it on two bells in white. Looks great. Pics to follow.

  3. 20 hours ago, Maroonz28 said:

    If you’re in or around Chicago, Rosebud Antiques in Countryside, IL has a huge selection of vintage blow molds. Prices are kinda high but they have a huge selection of old blow molds. Bought a Grand Venture Green Bay Packers snowman from there. Lots of cool blow molds if you don’t mind the higher prices. 

    Oh the Rosebud twins, yeah only shop there if you absolutely have to. 

  4. Well pictures are pointless, as General Foam has only shipped the Nativity scene this year. From what I have heard when contacted about the rest of the order IE Noel candles and toy soldiers, Santa sleigh and reindeer, Menards was told by GF that you got all that we're sending. Some stores MIGHT get more than the Nativity, but they haven't arrived. 


    So GF may not be fulfilling orders as they stated. 

    Sad ending if people were looking to grab items they really wanted.

  5. They need a good cleaning but I couldn't beat it. I'll recreate the sleigh and antlers in the meantime while I search for parts to fill in the gaps.


    On EBay they were listed as "Santa sleigh with reindeer" with no mention of the name Beco, which is probably why there were few bidders.



    Thanks for the comments and Merry Christmas to my fellow blow mold junkies!




  6. On whim I browsed eBay tonight, and out popped the remnants of the Beco Santa sleigh and reindeer. It included the "jolly Santa and four reindeer. The reindeer were missing the antlers, but they had their mounting poles, Santa looks good but there is no sleigh. It does include the sleigh runners though.

    When I came across it the bidding was only at $51.00, so I tossed out a bid and won it for a few bucks more!

    I'll post some pics as soon as I pick it up. I was always interested in the set but the prices were way out of my league.

  7. I live in Chicago and have used the CFL's in below zero weather, they achieve full brightness in about 2 minutes.

    I get a three pack at Menards for 89 cents and I use them in all the large molds, this will be season four with them, and I don't believe I have had to replace any yet. The energy savings are huge.

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