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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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  • 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.

Siravo Lights

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About Siravo Lights

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A Christmas Carol
  • Location
    PA
  • Biography
    I collect blow molds for Christmas, Halloween, and Easter. I reside in one of the most-decorated homes in my areas, and am well known for my display. I also collect vintage Christmas ornaments and decorations.
  • Interests
    Christmas, sports, architecture, family/friends
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    N/A
  • About my display
    I have approx. 110 blow molds for Christmas, many vintage ones, about 20 for Halloween, 6 for Easter,and a few for Valentine's Day, Thanksgiving, and the 4th of July. My house and all shrubbery are outlined entirely while mini lights and my house is visible from the road. My house is known around my town.
  1. Did you find the gold-scarfed Poloron snowman on NJ craigslist? I remember seeing it in a lot over the summer.
  2. I like that one. The face reminds me of the early papier mâché JOLs
  3. Did you ever sell the white Mary? I don't recall seeing it on eBay
  4. Kev: Could you tell me what email address I can use to send pictures? I looked throughout the site and couldn't locate an email. Also, are iPhone photos fine, as long as the photographs are maintained by Mel's photography guidelines, or are digital camera pictures preferred?
  5. I saw one on CL today, they seller said that the snowman was made by Noma. greensboro.craigslist.org/clt/3855438311.html
  6. Very nice find! I would definately say Poloron. This is only the second one I have seen, the first one in an eBay listing last fall. If I'm not mistaken, it sold for over $200.
  7. Thank you all for your comments. I ended up just purchasing a higher-wattage candelabra-base cord set and slightly enlarged the hole to accommodate the larger circumference of a 25 watt chandelier bulb. I'm surprised at the difference it made. At least the switch on the cord is inside of the mold now.
  8. Blow Molds and Inflatables...you left 5 or 6 comments
  9. As a few of you may have seen on a Facebook group, I have recently acquired a Union snowlady. As Union Products was notorious for using c7 light set ups in their larger molds, resulting in dimness, I wish to add a standard base light kit to her. In a past thread, there was a comment on placing a light in the back similar to the way Dapol did, with a single screw, to prevent cutting a hole in the back. To do this, I would have to cut a hole in the base to insert the light kit. Being that it is such a difficult to find and typically expensive piece, would this be advisable? I don't intend to sell it in the future, so I am unsure what to do. Thanks
  10. They must be worth much more than I thought! I paid $15 for mine a few weeks ago
  11. Thanks, but have you seen the colorized Beco version? I have a picture from a past thread, but it is from a distance
  12. I am looking to get a new nativity for Christmas 2013 this summer. I currently own the 1962 Beco white nativity holy family, as well as the complete Empire/Poloron mid-size set. My question is, does anyone have a picture of the colorized version (the Empire look-alike)? I would like to paint them, but to my understanding, they were not entirely painted. I have already stripped a few layers of white paint off of them, so I'm not worried about devaluing them.
  13. Are any of these still available?
  14. I'm new here to PC and just wanted to say hi. I've been "stalking" information for a while now and finally decided to open an account and join the madness . I've been collecting blow molds since I was 13 and have finally gone past the hundred mark. I am the only large display in my development, and one of 7 out of 100 homes to use these "tacky", "outdated", and "wonderful" decorations. To all who have their displays on FB (Carrie, Tom, Shawn, etc.), I enjoy looking at your pictures. My favorite mold I own is my Holiday Innovations mechanical santa, and my most-wanted mold is the Poloron fawn. So that's my story for now...
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