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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. Ted, It most likely had a base, but it is history now.
  2. Thanks, I totally forgot about L.A. Goodman.
  3. Who made this Santa? It is a vacuum form Santa ( stapled and clipped together ) and stands 64 inches tall. He has grommets at his arms to tie him down. I checked Polk Bros. and Noma pictures and they do not match this Santa. Any ideas out there on his maker. Dan Deshaies
  4. Pictures please !! Dan Deshaies
  5. Tom, Do you have pictures of theses molds? PM sent with email address. Dan Deshaies
  6. Carrie, I have all the plastic for the hole, it is still screwed to the book. I went back to look for the wings with no luck in finding them. This house should of been on that Hoarders show with all the crap inside of it. Dan Deshaies
  7. I found this at a estate sale this morning and even though the condition is bad I couldn't leave it behind. I figured even if the hands and book can't be reattached the head, light fixture and the book could be used by someone looking for them. I couldn't find the wings in the 50 - 60 years worth of stuff in the house. I also got a poloron Mary, Joseph and Jesus while there. Dan Deshaies
  8. Tom, I don't know what going to happen with them right now. Dan Deshaies
  9. Chuck, The guys in Rhode Island have something to be proud about. http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/11598 Dan Deshaies
  10. Thanks for getting back about the pictures. I saw some blowmolds and plywood cut outs but it was hard to take everything in. Dan Deshaies
  11. I saw a couple of candles and the waving Santa. I'll have to replay it again to see if I can spot any more of them. Dan Deshaies
  12. I found these at Goodwill this morning and thought they were cool. They are molded 1988 Blinky at the light socket hole. Dan Deshaies
  13. Darn, I was ready to send money to him. The water in the North Atlantic is way to cold to swim in at this time of the year and I was feeling sorry for him. Dan Deshaies
  14. I got one too ! Where do I send the money ? How much does he need ? I hope he knows how to swim. Dan Deshaies
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