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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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    About urthegman

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      It's a Wonderful Life
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      Divorced,Retired Dad of a beautiful 10 year old daughter who is the apple of my eye.
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      40,000 lights controlled with Animated Lighting controllers, Lightshow Pro and Wii Guitar and drums,42 inch outdoor TV,Rollercoaster,Ferris Wheel,Carousel,Carousel with Swings, Snoopy Plane,Two car garage diarama,25' lighted snowman,snowman ski-lift, 9 Reindeer on the roof with sled, 2-16 channel arches, Life size mechanical Nativity,Fm Transmitter, Christmas Village Window, 30 inch mechanical seven Dwarves and 4' snow white,Wireframes, Lighted Fencing,Too many animated figures of all kinds,Christmas sleigh,16 42" mini-trees, Apple store Santa and Elf.

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    1. Thanks Darrid!!! You KNOW your Hamberger!!!! You too Sammy!!! Thanks for the text!!!
    2. Ok next question, I have a Hamberger leopard. Does anyone know what set that it's from?
    3. Does anyone have photos of Hamberger's Currier and Ives collection or know what was in them?
    4. Found this video of garage on this computer, not sure if the format it is in will work, but it is the snowman/polar bear option I spoke of above. Uploaded it to youtube, here it is:
    5. Hello All, As much as it pains me to let go of them, it is time to let someone else enjoy what I have collected over the past 10+ years. I am offering them here first because I know they will receive the Love and attention that they require. So, here goes: For sale approximately one hundred and forty Hamberger animations (most of which are shown in this video: All of the fences and props seen in video are all included as are the two pieces of plexiglass and 14 sheets of plywood I used to enclose the figures in my garage every year. Not seen in the video but part of the package is my eight
    6. I've been attempting to get a tally on how many animations I actually have so I can put them up for sale. I still haven't had a chance to straighten out my garage from Christmas 2014!!!!
    7. Wow!!!! Just clicked on the link, it sold for $650!!!! With $125 shipping!!!!!
    8. The gnome with saw and the one painting the soldier is bid at $490.00 on ebay right now http://www.ebay.com/itm/Outdoor-Animated-Mechanical-Hamberger-Store-Display-Figure-Christmas-Elf-Gnome-/271617786214?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f3dae8166
    9. You guys have me looking for the "Like" button every time I come to this page!!!!
    10. Let me know if I can help you, Geez we live close enough!!!!
    11. Glad you finally got to post pictures!!!!!!
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