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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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    JDarling last won the day on July 5 2015

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    About JDarling

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      I've been collecting animatronics for several years. Looking to purchase more and help out anyone with questions!
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      I put up 28 trees each year with an animated display that corresponds with the decorations on the tree.

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    1. Just a few of the Hamberger pieces I used this year! Hope you all enjoy!
    2. Picked up 5 of the Reindeer Heads this weekend! Rumor has it, they're from the Brooklyn Hamberger Showroom from 1988! Also received this Gnome as a gift, from a very special place!
    3. I do believe it's all Hamberger, Elf, Reindeer, Santa, and Roof. Do you have any better pictures?
    4. Good to see you back. Darrid , the Victorian Bear Carolers are really cute . I think I have the little boy Caroler what is he holding in his paw ? Do you have all the info on them like how they move . If you do I would like to know how his motions was Thanks. I wish I did! I can see if I can get it. Thank you If you can I appreciate it Thank you . Both of his arms move up and down. If you'd like a picture of the bells he's holding I have several downstairs that I could photograph for you
    5. I have the descriptions at home, I can post it tonight along with a picture of what is in the boys hand :)
    6. You can purchase a replacement at Bronners for $100 I believe.
    7. Depends on the motor, if you get a chance, look inside as to who the manufacture is of the motor. It's most likely a McMillian which isn't good news.
    8. RickyRo, These look to be Center Stage, the company that bought out Hamberger in the early 2000s. It's difficult to tell which set they are from for that reason. $130 for the pair is definitely a deal.
    9. Love the pics Darrid, not a fan of those elves though! =P
    10. Picked up some new Elfies this past week! I also got the chance to meet the one and only Darrid Morris!
    11. Would love to see pictures of your display Frank!
    12. You're so mean to me. You Dad told me to take anything I wanted!
    13. Love what you did with the Squirrels! They look so cute in that setting! I believe they are R&K International. They are definitely not Hamberger.
    14. David, These pieces were made by a company called R&K International out of NJ. They went out of business several years ago.
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