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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.

JLP22

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About JLP22

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    IDK :)
  • Location
    Chicago
  • Biography
    I like blow molds!
  • Interests
    Animals and Nature Photography
  • Occupation
    Vet Assistant
  • About my display
    I have 6 soldies, a large santa, 2 snowmen, 4 candles, 4 Cinnamon bears and 2 gnomes/elves

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  1. WOW, very nice! I would hold on to him for awhile...you can always pop him on Ebay later if you need some extra cash!
  2. Looking good!! We also hit up Ohio for the sale...and found the most items there! We were in Ohio Thursday and Friday and did go a little off the 127 route to find what we found. Here's some pics...we also found a small nativity as well, although ours is Empire... I am diggin' the cow too! We went from West Unity, Ohio all the way to Chattanooga, Tennessee and all the way back to our hometown in the NW Chicago suburbs.
  3. I'd say it def was a great day for an estate sale!
  4. very nice! Curious to find out where you found this treasure at!
  5. JLP22

    How Much?

    15-20 is still too high for that at a yard sale..you're on the right track with 10.. but honestly I think like 5-8 bucks for it. Yard sales are a different breed, prices are usually always cheap and that's what people look for.
  6. Here you are trying to find one and we are trying to get rid of them, LOL
  7. Woo hoo, that is a blow molders dream!
  8. woohoo!!! Nice haul indeed! I love the Snowman!
  9. Excellent find, if you don't mind me asking..where did you find her??
  10. OMG, gorgeous, lovely,amazing..thanks for sharing!!!
  11. Hi Dennis, That is cool that you get all that Christmas stuff donated, I am sure there is some neat stuff! Since this is mainly the blow mold portion of this website/forum I would stick to those items and older plastic xmas items. You can post them both in this area or the "Sharing it" area of the forum. I can't wait to see what you have!
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