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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.

Gregory Kover

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  1. A few shots of the yard display. It's still winter-like cold and windy here in my part of Ohio. So look past the messy leaves and grass, that turns brown and dry til summer lol
  2. Wow. Just....wow. My eyes have no idea where to look first!
  3. That was a fantastic display! :-)
  4. Thank you for the kind compliments. And yes Greenia, the middle turkey is a repaint. :-)
  5. Last few blow molds in these pics I didn't have a chance to put outside.
  6. Holy Santa Concentration Camp Bat-Man!
  7. Oh....and are you close to Ohio so my little ones can come by and ''visit''?...LoL
  8. As a new member here, I must thank you for posting and bumping up all these catalog threads. It's been really great looking at all these. :-)
  9. Thanks pal! Coming from someone with great style and fun ideas like yourself, I really appreciate the kind compliment.
  10. Simply wonderful and beautiful! Looks like so much fun too. I'm already a fan of your YouTube videos. I'm a new member here, so it's really grand to find your photos here as well. You do an amazing job each holiday. The hard work really pays in the end. :-) I would love to know where you get your blowmolds usually. And what paint do you use? Spray or brush? Again....great job!
  11. Oh you're too kind. Thanks! I just wish my photos weren't posted so big. I'm sorry if the size of the pics is too large for some of you. I'm not sure how to make them smaller.
  12. Thank you. My gargoyle is on the lighter side, so a red or blue bulb adds a little something extra to the blowmold instead of using a regular white bulb. I highly recommend the color bulbs to anyone that might have this one.
  13. That cat blow mold, I'm not 100% sure of the brand. But it says it's Made in Canada 1993 on the bottom.
  14. Thanks dear! My Nana used to tell me that ''sometimes less, is more." Meaning when you sometimes decorate, a little of something can go a long way. Plus...more blow mold room to grow. LoL
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