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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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Bolwin last won the day on January 26 2018

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  1. Bolwin

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    Auction Flyer https://secure-s3.serverdata.com/www.cia-auction.com/files/auction_brochures/General_Foam_v3.pdf
  2. Bolwin

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    If the auction company uses bidspotter.com for online bidding, they post pictures of the item. I can't remember which site they use.
  3. Bolwin

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    There will be an inspection day before the day of the auction for people to look at and check out what they are interested in. Anybody can go to it.
  4. Bolwin

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    From being at this auctioneers auctions before I would imagine they would sell them in lots of 10/ maybe more of the different season molds. That way the auction doesn't take forever to finish. But I could be wrong, I have before. Price of aluminum scrap here in Dayton Ohio is currently 50 cents a pound. That kinda gives you an idea of scrap. I've seen it much higher but you would really have to have the pounds to really make it worth while to scrap. I would hate to see that happen, just like everyone else. I'm going to sign up for the auction for online bidding to see how much they go for, when they get the date finalized. if they go for scrap prices I might try to buy a few
  5. Bolwin

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    Auction info below. I usually get flyers for industrial auctions, I'll be sure to scan the auction flyer when it arrives. 350+) Various Christmas, Halloween, Easter, and Toy Aluminum Blow Molds https://www.cia-auction.com/home/upcoming_auctions/general-foam-plastics-corp-day-1-location-1.html
  6. I was wondering how you would go about fixing an arm or fixing the faces. I've attached a picture of the elfs I bought last year and would like to restore them but I'm not sure where to start?
  7. Does anyone here display animated figures outsaide? I'm looking for ideas on building a house for them and would like to see other peoples ideas
  8. As a st. bernard lover, I've been looking for one also for several years but yet to find one.
  9. I wanted to give an update. I finally got around to installing a new 4 point control box from christmas done bright and it works like the day it was brand new. Thanks for the help!
  10. I haven't got around to buying a new control yet.
  11. I have two of these molds and I would like to trade if anyone would be interested. I'm looking for lollipop or gingerbread molds. [ATTACH=CONFIG]41916[/ATTACH]
  12. I have a ropelight train with the two cars that the wheels move and the smoke puffs from the engine, towards the end of the season the motion of the smoke and wheels quit. I got it inside today and the box that controls the motion is fried. Is there any product out there that I can buy to get the motion going again? Thanks
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