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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.

    Sucker Punch

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      Middle TN
    • Biography
      Love decorating for Christmas. Best time of the year IMO!
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      Sell Swing Sets, Carports, and buildings
    • About my display
      It gets bigger every year! :0)
    1. Wow, Those are super cool Mel! Congrats. Those are a very nice find
    2. Thanks Tyler. I wonder which method would be cheaper shipping wise?? Boxed or bubble wrapped. I guess USPS just puts a sticker on the garbage bag? Thanks
    3. Thanks Elaine for the info on the sizes. I figured that the size would determine price, but I didn't know anything more specific. I will definitely keep it under 108 inches! $67 Ouch! Thanks for the help. I wouldn't have known how they calculate the total inches of package. Appreciate it. I have heard people say something about bubble wrap... Is it possible to ship them wrapped in plastic bubble wrap without a box????
    4. Awesome, thanks so much for the tips! I actually discard a lot of large cardboard boxes and I was thinking I could cut those boxes to fit the size mold I am shipping. I sell cedar swing sets and the boxes are usually about 7 ft long by 2 1/2 ft wide. I'm thinking with a little cutting and some tape I should be good to go. The next step is figuring out who to ship through
    5. I have a family member that wants one of my blow molds and I have never shipped anything like this before. It is a 31 or 32" Santa. Not sure what the best way to ship would be and I certainly have no idea how much it costs. I don't think I have a box big enough. Any help would be appreciated because I would like to ship it soon so she has it before Christmas. UPS, USPS, or FedEX?? Thanks!
    6. Hey robcat or anyone, I have been wanting to figure out how to find the previous auction end price but haven't figured out a way to do so. How do you search for a specific item and find the previous auction end prices? Not sure if what I just said makes sense but hopefully you understand what I am saying. Thanks for any help! ***EDIT Yay! I figured it out. Advanced Ebay Search = Awesome
    7. sorry, it is tinypic.com Just click browse and upload the picture you want. click upload now. Then copy and paste the Forum/message board code in your post. Good Luck!
    8. HAHA, Thanks I have made all arrangements for pick up. I'm pretty excited about these. I am getting close to having enough candles to line the steps on my sidewalk leading to the front door.
    9. There are 14 of them and apparently half have light cords and the others do not. They look to be in pretty good condition from pic. 2 candy canes, 2 santas, mrs claus, snowman, angel, north pole sign, and 6 candles. Only down side is it is about an hour drive. Worth $40 and an hour drive one way? I am going to pick them up one way or another, but being new to this I wanted to get some other peoples opinions. Would you? I am picking them up tomorrow morning! Here is the picture I have of them
    10. I had a quick question. For most of you that flip blow molds, when you pick them up over the spring and summer do you sell them or hold on to them until peak season? I would think selling them in the fall you could make the best $$$, but was curious how these do or don't sell during the offseason? I'm hopefully going to pick up 10+ blow molds tomorrow. YIKES! I picked up my first mold a few weeks ago and have already forgot how many I have. If I pick these up tomorrow I would say I am easily over 40 Blow molds. Which is why I am asking because I will inevitably need to flip some as my
    11. or tinypics.com. It is easy, free ,and you don't have to sign up to use it.
    12. Thanks for all the comments! I picked them both up this morning for $15 so I am happy. They are in pretty good condition but missing the light cords. I also picked up a free elf/mailbox mold for free. Unfortunately it is not salvageable. The base is very brittle and the very top of mailbox is broken but it does have a light cord so it won't be a complete waste. Haven't tested the light cord, but it hopefully should work.
    13. I've got a Santas Workshop and snowman I am looking at in the morning. He wants $30 a piece or $50 for both. I don't know anything about the 2 like who made them. I really like and will probably buy the Santas workshop for sure (it seems more unique than the snowman). Any info on the 2 would be greatly appreciated. I am trying to build up my blowmold display, but don't want to overspend on stuff that's not worth it. Of course I want to feel like I got a really good deal. THANKS!
    14. I made my own with lamp cord, plug, etc. Got it all from the local home improvement store and it only takes a few minutes! Not sure if it is cheaper but I would assume it is...
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