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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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    1. WOW Carrie! He looks amazing! Great job! I haven't been lucky enough to get any poloron molds yet, but hopefully one day! =-) Barry
    2. Please send the the list! My email address is [email protected] Thanks, Barry
    3. That's an adorable Easter Bunny, I've never seen one like that! Who was it made by? Congrats on the win and Happy Birthday!!!
    4. This is a great topic. While we're on the subject of Empire Choir people....Is there a place to get replacement heads? I had a boy and a girl choir person and a girl angel, but years ago, the girl choir person got knocked over and the neighborhood dogs enjoyed chewing up her head! I still have the body, but no head! Thanks, Barry
    5. Thanks! I couldn't pass him up. He is in excellent condition, no paint missing and no chips,cracks,etc. Where can I get this CD everyone's talking about? There are a few things I'd like to find, but have no idea who made them and I think having the CD would make it easier to search for these items! Also is there some type of price-guide for these? I've seen some huge price differences on the same identical items. Thanks, Barry
    6. Hi! I came across this site while searching the internet for blowmold figures. I have been lurking so far, enjoying all the photos and trying to learn all I can. I don't have any huge collection (yet) like a lot of you guys, but I really enjoy them. I tend to like the older ones better than the new ones, but I am sadded to think they may become even more harder to find in the future. I found this Santa om am antique store in Florida while visiting family over Christmas. I had never seen one like this before and so I had to have him. I'd say he's about 12 inches tall. There are no markin
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