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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. i was excited when i saw it, my friend that was with me though acted like he didnt know who i was lol
  2. thats really cool, yea i think im going to go for it
  3. im not sure, but ive really been thinking about it, i think it stems from wanting to put up lights in the warm lol
  4. im toying around with an idea of having my display up for one weekend in july with a santa n collecting canned goods any thoughts?
  5. then it was two different displays, i knew mr stotelmyer from hagerstown, md (about 10 miles south of greencastle where i live) and i know his went to auction at about the same time so i figured it would of been the same persons
  6. then there must of been a second display i know this gentlemans display also went up for sale after he died in the same location it must of been before this one
  7. i just now saw this post, these items came from a display that was by my house as a kid, i spoke to the gentlemen who did it on several occasions, he wanted his kids to continue it when he died, but the kids had other plans as you can see. when he passed, the property sat around for several years until they sold his collection. i was about 14 when he passed and i tryed to get some of the blowmolds from them and they informed me at some point they would be going for auction and i assume that is why the locals were paying so much everyone wanted certain blowmolds from his display. he actually gave me my first two blowmolds the toy soliders on the front of my house
  8. i currently use ones outdoors, that are non sealed, thats the type i want to use and to be able to replace the blubs
  9. gotcha, i mean if need be ill just buy them all at home depot during the light turn in sale lol
  10. i was honestly thinking that i mean plans are to double the display size, and change to leds, since the savings in power would be 600 dollars for a season
  11. im looking in the neighborhood of 1000 one hundred light strands of various colors of course
  12. thanks i put some sand in my other blowmolds, and was getting ready to do the camel but it seems since the grass finally froze he made his own spot it seems like thats all he needed. if that doesnt work ill just put an empty bottle of vodka next to him and call him the drunk camel
  13. hey there i have the typical blowmold camel, he wont stay up i was thinking of putting sand in the bottom but the blub socket is there, ive always just put a really short stake behind him but its just not working this year in the location i moved the nativity set too. any suggestions? thanks chris
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