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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 Joem

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas 2011
  • Location
    Sidney, Ohio
  • Biography
    Collecting blowmolds since 2008
  • Interests
    streetlighting, bommercial blowmolds
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  • About my display
    our city

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  1. Hi everyone, I’m looking for two or three of the stained glass style municipal lanterns, like in the pic below. I have $600 to spend on these 2-3 lanterns. Looking for any other designs close to these style lanterns too if anyone would be willing to sell. Thanks! Joe
  2. Thanks! I just did. Didn’t find anything.
  3. Hi everyone, I’m on the hunt for two municipal lanterns for my young sons and a project we are working on. I checked eBay and found a couple, but the prices are $235.00 each for the lantern alone. I’m looking for any of the following designs that I have in the pictures, in white plastic. I’m looking for either the stained glass style lanterns (preferred), the open-paneled lanterns with a candle inside, or the yellow-paneled lanterns. It can be a mix-match if needed though; I just need two municipal lanterns in any of these three designs. I do have two 17” red municipal bells that I could throw in for a partial trade...they do need some socket work but I have new sockets for them. I’ll need them shipped to my home in Sidney, Ohio, and will gladly pay the additional shipping costs via PayPal, Venmo, or I do have Facebook messenger. Feel free to PM me on here. Thanks! My sons are eager to start this project.
  4. Hi guys, I’m in the market for one (or two if possible) of these stained glass style municipals. I live in Sidney, Ohio, so if you’re close I could meet to pick up, or I will pay to have shipped. If none of these are out there, I’m in the market for a municipal lantern (or two, again), for my display. Feel free to PM me; I can pay via PayPal friends/family. Thanks!! joe
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