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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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    Seattle Washington
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    Enjoy collecting blow molds and displaying them
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    Christmas!
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    Education
  • About my display
    It's developing. I have some cool items, but nothing amazing as far as quantity goes.

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  1. That helps, thank you. Now I can cheerfully plan on keeping it!
  2. Kind of sacrilege, but I know some of the blow mold people here do inflatables too! I picked up a couple of inflatables at a great price today - probably going to sell all but the Grinch w.Max and an 8 foot Witch Hat Pumpkin Tower on ebay. I have a 6 foot Thomas, 4 foot Elmo in a Happy Holidays bag, 4 foot Mickey and an 8 foot Pooh with a candy cane coming out of a Hunny pot. Pooh and the Pumpkin tower need fuses, which I'll do tomorrow. If anyone in Western Washington, or anyone who will be in Western Washington is interested - let me know. I'd be interested in trading inflatables for Thanksgiving Pilgrims or Indian Maybe some Halloween I don't have Life size sheep Life size (40" long) camel TAZ! (large) (I can dream!) Tigger (large) Union 43" Pooh holding a Honey pot If you had something amazing that I loved, I could probably trade the Grinch and Max or the Pumpkin Tower as well, although I'm not that keen on that. Obviously willing to trade multiples of mine for one great item. I have pictures if anyone is interested.
  3. I picked up some inflatables today, including Thomas, the Grinch and Max, a 6 foot Pooh, a 4 foot Elmo and a 4 foot Mickey. I don't really have a lot of inflatables, but I got these for a good price and I figured I can sell them - particularly Thomas, I'll probably keep the Grinch as a backup for the one I have. Included was a pumpkin tower. I think I'll keep this one too - it's big at 8 foot and ...well...go big or go home! But when I looked for it on ebay I couldn't find any. Is this new? Old? Common? If anyone really wants Thomas for $100 plus shipping I'd do that. He's in good shape - this is the 6 foot long Thomas. Thank you!
  4. I love the snowman nativity! Definitely creative.
  5. I love carolers, and I love that you made Taz part of the group! He's definitely on my wish list.
  6. Your deer looks terrific. Glad it all worked out. Vandalism is such a sad thing, just meanness for the sake of meanness. It's like the anti-Christmas spirit. Your display is beautiful, and definitely counteracts pettiness.
  7. That's completely terrific! Definitely a centerpiece.
  8. Very nice! The choir is terrific.
  9. That is so nice to hear!!! Our display is much smaller than most on here, but it's the second largest on our street. Several families at Halloween made a point of telling me how much they loved our decorations. One family with little ones told me they always slow down when driving by our house. It definitely makes it worth it to me when I see the cars with kids slow and check it all out. When we first moved here, the guy up the street did a good sized display, and a few other people put out lights, or a decoration or two, but that was it. Our street has definitely escalated since then. I think people see all the lights, and feel moved to add a string on their own gutters, or maybe an inflatable or a wire frame or two. Our next door neighbors are still working on theirs, and their son across the street set up lights way up in his trees, along with his gutter, synchronized to music. I drive down our street and it feels like Christmas!
  10. I have no idea...but WOW! How cool! Does he light up?
  11. That porch is a great place for a display. It looks terrific!
  12. I got that same set off of Craigslist a couple of years ago from a couple that were moving - I think I paid $60-$70 for the whole set. I was thrilled. I initially had the holy family and the wisemen. I've added a life size shepherd, a sheep, the shepherd's son (TPI, shepherd holding a sheep), and thanks to a pc'er an Empire star that looks absolutely fantastic. Still working on life size camels, eventually more sheep. The only complaint I have is that there aren't any life size animals. I'm glad you found a life size nativity! They don't seem to pop up much.
  13. Nice! Love the penguin and toboggan. Nice prop.
  14. Maybe everyone else in the area knew it, but I didn't! They're having a 3 day sale right now on General Foam Snowman with a blue scarf, and Santa with a list for $35, normally $45. I also saw a small Frosty for $21, a medium sized 3 pc Nativity set, Santa in a sleigh with a reindeer for $109? $120? Sorry, can't remember. Candy Canes, and all kinds of non-blow mold lighted tinsel type decorations.
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