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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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    Denver, CO
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    Hi! My name is Chad and I am a teacher in the Denver area. My family has been into Christmas and Halloween Decorating for many generations!
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    Singing, acting, collecting Christmas and Halloween decor,collecting Pez and Hallmark ornaments
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    Teacher
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    Several Christmas trees with various Hallmark Keepsake ornament and many other various indoor decor. Sizable outdoor display of blow molds and inflatables, etc.

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  1. Hi there- I have an Artistic Latex choir girl, the smaller size. I would sell you at a very reasonable price if you are interested. Mine has several cracks around the head, etc., but is in overall good shape. This one also has a music box in the bottom. Let me know if this is the one you are looking for. Thanks Chad
  2. Glad you posted it! I bought a poloron santa the other day for 10 bucks and it had been Repainted. The guy swore it was original. I went ahead and bought it anyway, knowing it was a repaint. And sure enough when I plugged in it, it looked terrible!!! So much for finding a great item. But for 10 bucks, oh well.
  3. Has anyone seen the poloron fawn listed on eBay, buy it now for $585!!!!! Yikes! It has the original box, but has been Repainted and very sloppy at that. I just can't get over the price! How ridiculous. Come on!
  4. If anyone has a grand venture snowman with the purple and yellow scarf and purple hat that they want to get rid of, please let me know. Thanks!
  5. I had a lady the other day that contacted me about 2 nutcrackers and 2 candles she had. She told me to make her an offer. So I made her a $15 offer. I figured she would go higher of course, but her only response was..."I can get way more than that on ebay." And I thought the same thing mentioned above. Is she actually going to go through the trouble of selling them on ebay? Like another comment above also, people think they are soooo rare and valuable and they always pull the..."you can't get these anywhere anymore." It's so frustrating. Lady posted a bunch the other day on craigslist. She had about 75-85 pieces, 27 of those were candles. She had a train and a snowman that I really wanted and she would not sell them individually unless I made her an offer. I told her I didn't want to make an offer, because I knew she would want unreasonable prices. She wanted $1250 for the whole lot. It was way too much. And of course she said her kids had done a lot of research on the pieces. Probably on EBAY!!!! Blah...
  6. GEEZ! $400 for just those 11. Ebay really screws us. That would be like $36 per mold. I have seen a couple of huge lots (like 100 plus pieces) come up for sale near me, but they wanted ebay prices for them. I don't think either lot ever sold.
  7. It's actually marked Empire, so I'm assuming its a repaint
  8. Hey thanks for the help!! Where in Illinois did you live? I'm from Rockford originally. Now in Colorado. If you are interested in Minnie, blowmold, make me an offer.
  9. Please remember, I am open to offers on anything! Thanks!
  10. If anyone is interested in anything, please shoot me an offer. Thanks!
  11. I here you! Shipping and the associated charges can be a real pain!
  12. On my own....based on what I've sold similar items for in the past. Like I said, make an offer if you don't like the prices you see.
  13. Here is another link...not all Blow Molds. Some inflatables and animated figures. Again send me a message if interested in anything. Thanks much! https://picasaweb.google.com/102696033499096990567/BlowMolds2?authkey=Gv1sRgCNqGqtTJhofdhgE
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