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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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    Christmas at home with my family. That's all I need!.
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  1. That is so cool Mikell!!, I wish I had my own amusement park but a vintage ride one. Looking at your pics,there is a birdhouse with some figures on the left tree? Whats up there? And if you need another mickey. I have a wire framed one for sale. Needs a good home and would look great with your new figures!. I have some of my grandparents lights who are gone now and put them up for memories and in honor of them. Love it!!!
  2. Not sure what type of dogs you would call this but I have it,lol.
  3. Nice score!!! A CL find or somewhere else?
  4. Thanks all. This spring I got even more lucky when a neighbor of mine gently put about 20 BM at the curb. My van was so packed I couldnt see out the back window! It was like 4am and no one took them. I couldn't believe it. Been very fortunate in my finds this year.
  5. Found the santa and sleigh in a trash bag and the soldiers sticking out of a box. I've packed soldiers to ship out before so I new what it was as I was driving by. Soldiers need a clean up but they and the rest are all solid!
  6. Thank u all for all the amazing suggestions!! I didn't get any message alerts in my email to all these posts so just seeing now. We had a few random days the ground was slightly soft. So I found some metal 3ft tall garden stakes that are covered in plastic(buried in the backyard) and we pounded those into the ground. Slid the blowmolds over them and for the most part they held up well. I just started putting them away 2 days ago and we have been having some pretty high winds. Luckily no major catastropies!! Thanks a bunch!!!
  7. Any ideas? I tried hammering a metal garden stake in the ground but no dice. Could use rebar but it's expensive and i can't pull it back out when the season is over. Grounds frozen here in NY and the wind won't stop. It's like hearing bowling pins fall on my front lawn!! Any other ideas??
  8. I just saw that one s8830906 Still out of my budget right now but Thank You!!
  9. I found this snowman box. Do these things sell or would anyone be interested in it. I rescued it from a neighbor.
  10. I have a few candle tops,1 lantern top, a patriotic snowman(hat needs a little work),another candle,the Mickey above, and another gingerbread tree available. I have a older choir girls head also. Anyone still looking. I need to find a santa with sleigh. Does NOT have to be vintage for a freind. Anyone local have?? Long island
  11. If you had JUST the head part of the angel. Is it worth much? It's pretty delicate.
  12. 2 of the 4 candles I have,2 soldiers,the drummer bear, and both drummer boys are now sold!!. All others available. I have a few other santa's available also beside the one pictured above. One has a metal plate on back where the light bulb goes.
  13. I cannot figure out how to edit my post sooo. The penguin with Igloo is $28
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