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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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    Central Pennsylvania, Near Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA
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  1. What part of Pittsburgh are you from? Greg
  2. gregteachboi

    Group Buy?

    Hello All, I live about ten minutes from Altoona. I go there all the time to do shopping. I would gladly go look at these if we can get this man to answer us. Does anyone have his email? I would love to know if I have seen his display. Greg
  3. Hello Andrew, I am not even sure where to start. Your display is AMAZING. I love the inside. I have many trees as well and enjoy seeing someone else that is as enthustiastic about it. I love he arch trees. I have those as well and never thought to put it around the furniture. You are an amazing decorator. I also wish that I could do this as a living. Do you do this all yourself? I know it is a lot of work. I do mine all by myself and it takes quite some time. Greg
  4. I have him too! He is my favorite and the santa that is made the same way is also great.
  5. Could someone post a pic of the boy and girl tpi Easter Bunnies Thanks
  6. I am looking for the TPI wisemen and any other pieces. Can anyone help? Thanks Greg
  7. Anyone know where to purchase that large Santa? Thanks
  8. Mrs. Claus arrived at my house yesterday.
  9. So they will transfer them to your local store? How did you go about doing this? Greg
  10. These remind me of being a child at Christmas time. Here in central PA. we ahd a department store called Hess's. The one at our mall always had soldiers that looked like this on each side of the entrance. I remember the bases were like drums and I always had to be lifted up to sit on them. Seeing these brought back great memories. Thanks for the post. Greg
  11. I cam across a brand new set of Union Pilgrims, never displayed. If you are interested send me a pm with an offer. Thanks Greg
  12. I have a few blowmolds in mind that I would like. If anyone sees them or knows of some available, let me know. Grand Venture Wisemen and any animals other than the sheep (if they made others) TPI/Farley Complete Nativity Thanks Greg
  13. gregteachboi

    Drainage

    I assume that Drainage is still very much in business. I am interested in several molds from tehm. Does anyone know of places that carry them? Greg
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