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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 CaptChristmas80

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Too Many to tell LOL
  • Location
    Long Island, NY
  • Biography
    Christmas Fanatic...nuff said LOL.
  • Interests
    Buying vintage Christmas blow molds online & repainting them if necessary, buying Dept.56 Christmas in the City village pieces for my train display, watching hockey & football, spending time with the family.
  • Occupation
    Full Time Worker
  • About my display
    Blow mold Toy Soldiers, Nutcrackers, Santa & Snomen all around (Empire, TPI, UNION, Poloron) some hand made wood displays, animated Christmas figures in window, C9 multi colored lights on roof & gutter(s) of house all around.
  1. Did you strip it first then repaint it or just touched it up? I definitely agree with the paint, chips easily
  2. Anyone have pics of the gemmy/Lowe’s molds being repainted ?
  3. Man those Hamberger pieces are great, I loved seeing them in store windows, peoples houses, etc. do they still even make those? I'm dying to start a collection to set up in my garage for my display, or do a display house.
  4. Hey, a while back, like 2-3 years ago, Hammercher Schlemer was selling this soldier online and through there magazine. It is a replics of The soldiers you would see at Rockefeller Center by the tree during Christmas Time. Looking for it hardcore, but have had no luck. Does anyone have or know of anyone or even have the slightest idea as to where I could fiund and purchase this item? let me know.
  5. Hey does anyone have any of these blowmolds? (see pics for reference). If so, let me know, willing to pay whatever sale price is. Thank You
  6. Happy Leon Every One. Leon is Noel spelled backwards, and today marks the halfway point until Christmas. HORRAY!!!. The Picture is Courtesey of Light Hearted Holiday Displays. "like" There page on Facebook .
  7. Hey does anyone have any of these blowmolds? I am looking for them, will pay whatever selling price is. please let me know.
  8. Here is what i am talking about. These pics were taking by me of another display during Christmas time, this person did it really good, something like this I am looking for.
  9. Hey, does anyone know a better way to make those candy cane toy soldier guard boxes/house? I made mine a few years ago, and well, I think I didnot do such a great job the first time around LOL. If any suggestions let me know.
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