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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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Selena Tilly

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About Selena Tilly

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A Christmas Carol
  • Location
    Rome, GA
  • Biography
    I have lived in Rome all my life and I am a stay at home wife and cargiver to my father, uncle and a friend.
  • Interests
    Sewing, gardning, decorating for the hollidays, and history
  • Occupation
    Homemaker
  • About my display
    We have been decorating for Halloween and Christmas for over 25 years and love it. Have not done much on the Halloween end for the last three years due to my own health problems but have continued doing my Christmas display.We have a 1960s blowmold nativity, a 6' x 8' bible turned to the Christmas story in Luke, 1960's santa, sleigh, and all his reindeer blowmolds along with lots of other things.
  1. Merry Christmas!! Sorry to just be getting back to answer these great questions everyone, but have had a lot of family sickness this year and lost some of my best friends and family to cancer. The metal sheets came from a friend of mine that owns a metal fab shop. They are white enameled on both sides and he cut them to fit for me. All we had to do is screw them down to the plywood frame with sheet metal screws. The rock is mobile home underpinning from Home Depot that I cut up to make the rock look. I dont know if the even cary it now. Hope this helps.
  2. Thanks everyone the plans say to use thin plywood that can bend for the pages, but I went to a friend of mine that owns a metal fab shop and he got me some metal sheets that were white enameled on both sides, then just screwed them on to the wood frame. Hope this helps. ..
  3. Well this year I switch sides with the Bible and Nativity and love it! I was also able to add a few things to it including a roof over the Nativity. I will add some daytime shots in the next post.
  4. Hi Ottawa Barry! Hope you are having a great Thanksgiving! I got the plans off Ebay about four years ago. My set of plans are put up in a box somewhere and dont even know where to start looking. LOL This is a link to the guy that sells them. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Build-Worlds-Largest-Bible-Complete-Illustrated-Plans-/380271801758?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5889f7359e
  5. Thanks everyone! I plan on changing the nativity around some this year and adding a few things. Will post new photos.
  6. Same Nativity but without the sheep, angles, and drummer boy. This was from 2010. Hope to get a better photo this year with a the addition of a TPI kneeling Santa in front.
  7. I am so sorry! I dont know what happened! I will repost them.
  8. I had posted this in the blow mold showing off section, but then I saw this one and thought it would be great to post here also. This is our mostly Beco nativity we put up each year. A family friend had a display just like this when I was growing up and when we would go over at Christmas Time I would go out and sit on the ground and look at it while my parents visited. After I got married I looked for years till I found the same pieces she had. I have almost finished repainting them. In the secound photo you can see the repainted wise men. When I got the original pieces none of them had lights, so I justput CF flood lights on them and we liked it so much we have kept doing it year after year. The last photo shows our worlds largest Bible. It is 6' x 8' and it sits on the right hand side of the walkway in the front yard while the Nativity is on the left. We play the Christmas story narrated by Peter Thomas over one FM transmitter and Christmas music over another. So you can hear either one.
  9. I had posted this in the blow mold showing off section, but then I saw this one and thought it would be great to post here also. This is our mostly Beco nativity we put up each year. A family friend had a display just like this when I was growing up and when we would go over at Christmas Time I would go out and sit on the ground and look at it while my parents visited. After I got married I looked for years till I found the same pieces she had. I have almost finished repainting them. In the secound photo you can see the repainted wise men. When I got the original pieces none of them had lights, so I justput CF flood lights on them and we liked it so much we have kept doing it year after year. The last photo shows our worlds largest Bible. It is 6' x 8' and it sits on the right hand side of the walkway in the front yard while the Nativity is on the left. We play the Christmas story narrated by Peter Thomas over one FM transmitter and Christmas music over another. So you can hear either one.
  10. This is my 48" Poloron Snowman that was given to me last year due to it being painted with house paint! After a lot of work he is ready for display this year. Still got to paint his mouth and finish making his shovel. Carving to top of the shovel out of wood and it will be identical to the plastic one he had with the raised Merry Christmas. I will post another picture after I am done. love the look of these blowmolds!!
  11. Thanks everyone! For the regular colors (reds, greens, browns, etc) I use a paint that is made for the hard plastic surfaces on cars. It works great, adheres better to the plastic blow molds, and last longer. You have to use a prep solution before the paint but its worth it. I get it in quarts at the auto body supply store in my area. For the gold and silver I use an Ace Hardware brand metallic paint. To paint the big areas I use a DeVilbiss gravity feed auto body spray gun. After I finish with the painting, then I clear coat the whole thing using a regular suction feed auto spray gun. All my details I do with regular and pinstripe brushes. As long as you are able to remove the old paint you should have a very smooth look without any dark spots when you light it up. With the air brush you can get great details in small areas, but need the brushes to create the clean lines between colors and parts on the blow mold. Sometimes you can buy sample color jars if you only need a small amount, but since I have been repainting and restoring so many blow molds for our display, the quarts are cheaper for me. I am not an expert by no means and this may not be the best way, but it seams to work good for me. Hope this helps and thank you guys so much for the nice comments! It's a lot of work but I love it!!!
  12. Wow! Great collection of blow molds!!!! looks great!!
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