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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.

ovenman

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About ovenman

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  • Birthday 11/04/1983

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  • My favorite Christmas story
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  • Location
    Otsego Minnesota
  • Biography
    Just a younger man with a passion for lighting!
  • Interests
    Racing, Football, Lights!
  • Occupation
    Retail Management
  • About my display
    Static! 10,000 lights and 70 blow molds plus tons of wire frames!

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  1. I bought him too (from Menards). Not the biggest mold but I like the style!
  2. 1/2" electrical conduit here myself. cut into various lengths. Each mold I put a 1/2" hole int he bottom for it to fit snug. On bigger molds that can spun in the wind. I drill another small hole in the bottom of it and use a wooden dowel in that hole. Been doing it this way for years, 60+ mph wind gusts. Never fallen over.
  3. So I puchased this set of Union 40" candy canes off eBay. Did not come with bulb sockets. These require two bulbs. Is there a source out there for these, or do I need to soldier up something myself?
  4. Hot damn! Great collection! I'm jealous!
  5. I went ahead and purchased the old world santa. Like some have said it's not a huge mold. But I like his design.
  6. You all are making me jealous of your scores!
  7. So today I found this off a craigslist ad and picked it up, paid $40 for this? They could use a good cleaning and some small paint touch up.
  8. I know they make C7's that blink, any idea where I can get some?
  9. Wow I like that white one too!! I have an addiction to blow molds
  10. If this can help anyone remember, i'm pretty sure it was made buy the same company that made this wire tree.
  11. I have a small angel made by Union that I purchased in 1994? It is very faded, to a yellow tint, I haven't used it in years but I'd like to restore it and use it. Any suggestions?
  12. I have the ginger bread men and ginger bread tree but I didn't even realize they made this in the green. Super excited for my display this year
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