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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.
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  • 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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    Pennsylvania
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    I decorate for Christmas every year across my house in a playground/park with my family.
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    Collecting Blow Molds
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    Family
  • About my display
    I decorate with blow molds blow ups lots of lights and wooden cut outs.

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  1. To stop mine from blowing over I use 2 pole on each blow molds. I pound one in on each backside of the blow molds. Than I use zip ties to tie them to the poles and it works great. We had 30+ winds also and not one blow mold was down that was put up like that. Just some wooden stuff and a lantern that was in one of the trees fell.
  2. Here in PA the winds are starting to get really bad. We do not have any bad damage yet. But I do remember last year when my 40ft mega bent right in half from wind.
  3. Here is my 2012 choir display. The little beco boy in the front has wings but kids broke them off by climbing on the bleachers. http://s1110.beta.photobucket.com/user/sdunn_mvm/library/Christmas%20Display%202012%20pictures
  4. ok we got the last of the videos. we should have them on by tomorrow night.
  5. please keep checking back for more videos/pictures. We had rain and high winds just about everyday the past week so its really bad over there. Today was the first day without rain or wind so I went over and tried to fix some things up a bit. I hope to have videos by the end of the week. thanks and sorry for the delay
  6. ttcd

    My Choir :-)

    thats an awesome choir....what are the really tall ones in the back could you get a picture of them please?
  7. posted twice sorry...please delete
  8. This Saturday Dec. 1st we had our annual Christmas Lighting. We had over 150 kids visit Santa. They received a free Santa Hat from Santa Claus and a candy cane from on of our elves. While the kids and parents waited in line for the arrival of Santa and for the lights to go on we projected a movie (Home Alone) onto our Santa House. We also had free hot chocolate and cookies. You could also visit Santas reindeer in our deer pen. This year we also had one of our friends from Sesame Street....Elmo, who came for pictures with the kids. This year we played Wishes, as some of you may know is the song from Disney World, during the song the first thing we lit was our 40ft tall mega tree. We also et off fireworks during the song. Than after a little while we put on all the lights, than came the arrival of Santa on our local firetruck that the fire dept. left us use. A local carpet store has also provide a brand new piece of carpet for the Santa House.This year I think we have doubled in size with more blow molds and lights. I am going to go around when I have a chance to get an official count on how many blow molds we have. Now onto the pictures/videos. The first set of videos is of our opening night, unfortunately I couldn't get the video of the lights going on. http://s1110.beta.photobucket.com/user/sdunn_mvm/media/2012%20Christmas%20Display/christmasss700.mp4.html http://s1110.beta.photobucket.com/user/sdunn_mvm/media/2012%20Christmas%20Display/christmasss701.mp4.html http://s1110.beta.photobucket.com/user/sdunn_mvm/media/2012%20Christmas%20Display/christmasss699.mp4.html http://s1110.beta.photobucket.com/user/sdunn_mvm/media/2012%20Christmas%20Display/christmasss698.mp4.html The next video is later in the night when every has left. I alsolike to get a video when no one is walking around. This is video one of two, which is the left side of our dispkay. I could not get the second video that night, because the battery dies on the video camera. I will work on getting that and the pictures of it also so please keep checking back. (The videos is still uploading) Coming soon We also made the front page in our local news paper. And our local news station (WNEP16) is suppose to stop by and do a story on it. (Pictures from paper still to come)
  9. Choir displays are also one of my favorite parts of a display. I will get a picture of it when my display is all finished, been working on it since Nov. 1st and still not finished.
  10. I always ship USPS parcel post.. It is the cheapest way. I wrap all mine in bubble wrap and than a heavy duty black garbage bag, it saves a ton on shipping.
  11. He is not really rare, you see him from time to time on ebay. I still do not have on though. I think there are 2 or 3 of him on right now.
  12. I have bought over 20 of them from the guy in MI, very nice person to do business with.
  13. I am thinking about getting a set, but wanted to know how the quality of them are? Is there any detail? Thanks
  14. I took all mine in when a day before the storm. I am glad I did to because the wind was terrible. We we're lucky enough not to be flooded again, and we didn't even lose power.
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