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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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  • Birthday 12/31/1913

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    Once upon a time there was a ..............
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    Never seems to be finished........

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  1. Are you still looking.............I may have it for you
  2. Mel is there a number stamped on the back of his neck?
  3. Mel stole my thunder. He's right........The multi Colored Gingerbreads are hard to find at times. They show well lit up at night and are also very colorful during daytime. The multi colors on the pieces make them in my opinion premium and more valuable then the 2 colored ones. I sold a set like this last year on Ebay for $229.00 but that's Ebay, you will get top dollar there eventually
  4. Any idea of the maker or possible age dates of these? I'm Thinking ALF.......
  5. Blow Molds Are Nice...........But Your Friends Are awesome
  6. Dollar Store.........Can't go wrong there,,,,, buy some extras for next time...........
  7. Things That Make You Go ......Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm
  8. We sold the Mary, Joseph and Jesus mold for $79.00 last year on Ebay......But that piece can be displayed on it's own........Forgot to say it was The white version as well
  9. The other day we ran across 3 Mold Craft Choir Kids
  10. Mel, did the M C carolers come in 2 different sizes?
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