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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 Oldstuff

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Helping my Grandpa decorate the outside of his house when I was younger.
  • Location
    Germantown ,WI
  • Biography
    Married with 2 kids and I love Christmas
  • Interests
    Collecting antique and vintage Christmas items
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  • About my display
    We have 10 christmas trees in our house. Just starting to put together a vintage style outdoor display.

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  1. I'm one of those that took a break the last few months. Learned a lot and built up a pretty big blow mold display. Big for me anyway. Then I switched to focusing on my indoor display and spent my time on FB groups. I'm back on here now and will be more often as I start thinking about my display next year. Though I have to say, I really, really do not like this new layout. I usually am all for change, but this last one is not my favorite.
  2. Oldstuff

    GF Bell

    I lit mine up by making custom C7 light cords for each one. I'll find pics later to post. First I actually cut off the entire bottom of the bell so they could stack during the off season so they take up less space. I then drilled a small hole in the top to feed SPT cord through. Then I placed 3 C7 socked inside the bell. Two solid white lights, and one twinkle white light. This way the bells always look lit, but still have a twinkle effect. Each bell has it's own plug. I then ran a length of SPT cord along the gutter and placed a female outlet at each spot I wanted to hang a bell. To hang the bells I used Carabiner hooks that fit inside the existing hole, then hung them from gutter hooks. I loved the way the looked. Though I am intrigued by the idea of stenciling NOEL on them.
  3. Check our menards.com. https://www.menards.com/main/home-decor/christmas/outdoor-christmas-decor/72-santa-with-sleigh-and-reindeer-blow-mold/p-1444431253356-c-12293.htm?tid=2350394441758387267&ipos=2 https://www.menards.com/main/home-decor/christmas/outdoor-christmas-decor/72-santa-with-sleigh-and-reindeer-blow-mold/p-1444431253356-c-12293.htm?tid=2350394441758387267&ipos=2 Shipping is actually not that bad. I listed this in another post the other day, my apologies for duplicating, but I know shipping is usually the killer. And they have 11% rebate right now. Buy now while they still have some. Their inventory of the Santa Sleigh was pretty slim. Over 100 deer, but that's really not that much if people start buying the full set. Good luck!
  4. I know that most stores didn't receive any of the blow mold Santa & Sleigh or the individual reindeer, but they are available on Menards.com for shipping to you. Perhaps this is leftover stock from last year or they did get a few and just kept them in their distribution center. Either way they are available. I entered an order for 10 reindeer just to see and it let me go all the way through checkout. For a quantity of 10 shipping was $64 ground. I didn't think that was too bad, but then again I live in Wisconsin, relatively close to them. Shipping for just 1 was $10. So if these are never to be made again and you want to add to your collection, here's a way to get a few more. And cheaper than on eBay. And it's 11% rebate week too!
  5. I want to create a custom string of lights to light up some bells. Some need C9 size to give more light, and some will be C7. Can I mix the sockets on the same cord or should I create two separate cords, one for C7's and one for C9's? Thanks.
  6. How long are people waiting between colors before taping over a color that was just sprayed? I thought I could do two colors a day, but the red took forever to dry. Maybe I did too heavy of coats. And it nicked easily after 3 days of drying. It's been dry for weeks now and it seems pretty good, but should I now do a clear coat over the finished blow mold?
  7. If you're close to this area, it's a great deal. Too far for me to drive, but for those in the Chicago area, check it out. https://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/clt/d/santa-and-reindeer/6225569016.html Full set for $120!
  8. Did the blow mold white stars make it to production? I really hope so.
  9. Would really love if they actually produce the blow mold 24" stars. Alternate those with the red bells hanging with draped garland from the gutter and you can get close to a vintage looking display. I'll hope that Menards carries them like they do the oversize bells and ornament finials. If only they made those oversized ornaments in colors other than purple and blue. White would be preferred so you can like them up any color you want.
  10. Evening, you had the lanterns for sale?

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