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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.
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  • 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.

Isaiah S.

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  1. I usually pair each santa with a mrs. claus or snowman or elf, and set them at varying parts of the yard. Overcrowding one character can be extremely overwhelming and they wont all get seen or appreciated. So, yeah my advice is to pair your multiple santa or mrs. clause or snowman with different characters, that make sense, and avoid over crowding.
  2. they sell'em at Christmas Lights Creations...google it ...shipping may be steep :/
  3. It's probably cheaper to sell these under the WalMart brand "holiday time"...perhaps WalMart purchases the molds by themselves and packages them utilizing there own packaging, to save money. ~ just a thought...
  4. AWESOME! Hope my Kmart has him too! Congrats, he's gonna be an awesome addition
  5. Me too, the skeleton wouldn't have looked so plain. Thanks for the cool pics! Post more if you have'em!
  6. Apparently, like the "Cat on Pumpkin" and "Skeleton and Tombstone" molds, Empire had to change the designs a little for production costs. It's hard to believe that the "Scary Tree" and "Ghoul" never struck up enough interest from retailers to be mass produced, I guess they only wanted the Vampire, Frankenstein and Ghost because that's what they believed customers would actually buy at the time.
  7. Me too...especially the flying witch and that "Ghoul Light-Up"!
  8. Here's a few pieces from Empire Plastics, for Halloween 99'. You'll notice most pieces yet there's a lot that were never made! Imagine if they were ...I wonder if Gen Foam has the molds?? 0.0 (also notice the major variation on the "cat on pumpkin" mold compared to the existing production). - Enjoy!
  9. I see, perhaps there distribution center? Our store here in Hawaii usually carries a decent variety, I'm planning on seeing the new angel and Santa, as we did get a good amount of the new snoopy when he first came out. I'm also hoping to see the Mrs. Claus this year but I doubt it due to her size. :'( Well I hope you have some luck with molds this holiday!
  10. Hey, when you have the chance can you post the pics of what your Kmart is offering for Christmas this year? That'd be great, cause chances are my Kmart would carry the same. I just haven't been able to get down there.
  11. I also used-to find these light cords at Walmart during the holidays, so you may find them there also. They usually stock these because there also used in the pieces for Christmas village sets.
  12. Always great info Mel! If it wasn't for Featherstone, blowmolds would probably be made in China like everything else. Good thing there not, imagine the quality then! :/
  13. I hope so! I really look forward to a revitalized blow mold industry in the coming years. I think with more and more interests in "retro" things now-days, the blowmold market can definately pick up.
  14. I read that Walmart was having issues with their Chinese suppliers in like 2012, and they wanted to start carrying more U.S. products. Perhaps they start carrying more General Foam in upcoming seasons, I'm super excited because I remember they always had the best prices on blowmolds.
  15. I'm curious to know how the Mrs. Clause looks lighted, as her paint looks a little heavy too.
  16. I anticipated better paint quality this season. Also from the looks of the new Angel and Santa molds, in comparison to older molds, it seems the design quality isn't the same. The molds have less texture, and appear more roundy they also have more animated features, unlike the Empire molds which have more realistic features. :/ well at least we're seeing new molds, can't complain about that!
  17. Isaiah S.

    Kmart

    Awesome! Im gonna check my Kmart for molds!
  18. This is REALLY rare! CONGRATS!!
  19. By ALL MEANS DO NOT SELL HIM!! lol, what an awesome find for literaly the best price you may EVER find! Congrats!!
  20. General Foam (the molds producer) does not sell outside the US :/ ...check the above link by Justin, or find a european/UK mold company who makes a similar item. You could also try your luck on ebay search "blowmold" or "blowmold christmas", you might find one with worldwide shipping
  21. Isaiah S.

    Finally

    Wow awesome! I especially like the big snowman at the far right!
  22. Thanks Mel. However, would you have any info about who owns the mold used to produce her? Could Prime Plastics have it? If there is no interest in a new blowmold, what do the companys usually do with the mold? Thanks, Isaiah.
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