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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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About Cookyman

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  • Birthday 03/30/1957

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  • Location
    Wantagh, New York
  • Biography
    Love seeing the look on peoples faces as they look at my displays
  • Interests
    to many to list
  • Occupation
    I'm the Cookyman
  • About my display
    Love setting it up every year.
    Every year seems to get bigger and bigger.
    Started doing Halloween also about 3 years ago.
  1. Do you mean how much are they? The organ will probabaly sell for 75 Which carousal are you referring to. I have 5 of them
  2. I started putting them up on Ebay if anybody is interested.
  3. Don't want to hijack the thread either. But I have to agree Jen here. It amazes me what people think you'll bring your price down to. I have a bunch of inflatables up right now on Ebay for sale. Got at least 5 Ebay emails from buyers offering me 100.00 for 5 of them. And of course they choose the 5 that will probabaly sell for 75-100 each. I just tell them, if you don't like the price or the shipping don't bid.
  4. Thanks everybody!! I just have to much stuff and it's gets harder and harder each year to set it up and then pack it all up. Pricing will start at 25.00 and go up plus shipping. I'm not giving things away at cheap prices. I paid alot of money for many of these and there all in excellent condition. Figured I'll offer them here first, and then sell the rest on Ebay. Here's a link to pics I took last night. http://s1180.photobucket.com/albums/x410/Cookyman/CookymanHalloween2/
  5. Decided this is my last year decorating outside for Hallowen due to me moving out of New York. I have many inflatables and hanging decorations I would like to sell starting November 1 2010 All the decorations and inflatables are up now till Halloween outside my house. Here's a few quick pics of what's going to be available http://photobucket.com/CookymanHalloween Everything is in used but excellent working condition.
  6. Don't see any open zippers on it at all. The problem is that the motor is not spinning. I can hear it but no spin. It does light up so it's not the fuse. I can't seem to find a replacement motor for this train. The motor is different from the others I have and I have over 100 between Hallowwen and Christmas inflatables.
  7. According to BJ's...I would have to return it to BJ's and then they would have to return it to Gemmy. That's the way the big box stores do it. They (BJ'S) bought it from them (Gemmys) Not me the customer.
  8. True, but from what I gathered from BJ's is that they are the reseller and they are responsibly for customer returns and then they would have to fight it out with Gemmy
  9. Since I seem to be getting stuck with this broken train, I decided to call BJ's to see what they would do. They sent me to Gemmy, who told me it only had a 30 day warranty, and sent me back to the retailer I bought it from. Called customer service who told me it had a 60 day warranty thru them. Tried explaining to a customer service rep that I bought it September 2009 and used it for 2 weeks in October for Halloween 2009. The rep told me they couldn't do anything since the 60 days past, and offered me a $25.00 gift card. Told him to forget it and I would take it to the next step. Decided to take it a step higher, and called BJ's corporate office. Spoke to a concerned rep who took all my info and said he would call me back in a few hours. Well...he did call me back and here is there offer. They're telling me they have 2 different inflatables left, another type of train (think it's the Peanuts one) and a hot air balloon. It's on there website. They want me to buy one of them, and they'll give me $100.00 off the price. I think one is $179.00 and the other $149.00. So either way, I have to spend another $49.00 or $79.00 dollars. Not really to sure if I want to spend more money, when I'm already out about $300.00 for the cost of the original 17 foot Halloween train. Really considering taking BJ's to small claims court. What do you other members thnk?
  10. Here's a few pics from my house Halloween 2010
  11. Thanks so much for guiding me here. Tons of great info on this site
  12. Very impressive site!!! Thanks for the welcome
  13. WOW!!! What a great link Thank you!!!
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