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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.

Charlie E

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About Charlie E

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  • Birthday 04/22/1952

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas vacation is my favorate
  • Location
    Port Orchard Washingtion
  • Biography
    I am 61 years old and have been collecting and displaying for about 26 years. I,am a retired Superintendent of the Puget sound naval ship yard in Bremerton so everyday is a Saturday for me.
  • Interests
    My Christmas display of course #1 Plus I have a car restoration shop in my back yard where I do frame off restorations for customers.
  • Occupation
    Retired
  • About my display
    I have a very large walk through display with over 400 Blow Molds, 50 inflatables, around 100 wire frame characters and over 100,000 lights. I plan to change out half of my display this year to a light show.

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  1. I Just got off the phone with Mel and he doesn't have any info on the green lamp posts other than that Menards had them made special for them, like they did for the Empire football snowman
  2. 1305 is the mold number and the 1969 is the date the mold was created, so the green ones could have been made anytime after that.
  3. I have owned mine for about 10 years, I was researching the old Empire catalogs last night but my Easter only goes back to the 80s and the mold date is 1969. If yours are the real thing the post is actually blown in green plastic and not painted. I should be talking to Mel tonight and I will see if he has the earlier catalog that might show it.
  4. I have 6 of them also and they are original, not repaints, two are new ones.
  5. What type or kind of characters are you looking for
  6. Charles,

    I was talking to Mark when picking up the display pieces I bought from him, and he mentioned you might have some of the RBLs. Do you have any of the Multi-color ones and what would the price be?

     

    Lee

  7. what does your plug look like, is it a standard plug or a long plug with three wires coming out of it. Or does it have a standard plug and pod just before the first light.
  8. can you post a picture of the plug on the strings, sounds like the rectifier on the string is out, if its the one on the second half of the string that section will light dim if its the first one in the first section the string will be all out. are you using these string as dimmable strings with a controller. the rectifier stops the string from having the 60 hz flicker
  9. I bought out a person who had several Goofy's that had busted up from age in the cold and heat of Minnesota, he had two sets of ears and I sold three ears already and have one left plus a nose. PM me your address and I can get you a actual cost
  10. I have a extra ear but it would cost about $25 with the cost of shipping from Washington State
  11. Washington state, just selling them on my swap meet site or on the blow mold sites
  12. I bought out the Really Big light company and I have lots of the lights and the Pumpkins if anyone is looking any
  13. They did make the green ones but they are a lot harder to fined, I have 30 red and 20 green in my collection
  14. In most cases the date stamped on the mold is the date the Aluminum mold was made not the dated the Blow mold was produced
  15. I know he was offered $5000 cash for 300 molds and he turned it down if that helps anyone that is thinking of making him a offer, he is stuck on selling all of it at one time for the $15,000
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