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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.

Allen L.

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About Allen L.

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  • Birthday 04/27/1971

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I don't really have one Christmas story to tell, but I do miss seeing Mr. Roden during the Christmas season. Mr. Tom & Betty Roden were my parent’s next door neighbors from 1975 until 2002. Mr. Roden worked at a Bank located inside an old 1965 Mall. When the Mall replaced their old 1965 Christmas decorations in 1976, Mr. Roden was allowed to take some of the old ones. The decorations were commercial grade C9 lights with big green garland and big lighted red blow mold bells with snow painted at the bottom. These decorations were Mr. Roden's pride and joy at Christmas time. As Mr. Roden got old, I kept hanging those lights and bells for him until he passed away. Soon after he died, his wife gave me the decorations and said he wanted me to have them. Since Mr. Roden's passing, I put them up every Christmas at my house. It always brings a smile and a tear to my eye, when I get ready to hang the decorations, because of all the wonderful memories. (In loving memory of Mr. Tom Roden)
  • Location
    Toney, Alabama
  • Biography
    I was born in Huntsville AL and went to Chapman & Lee High School. I love looking for vintage Christmas Decorations.
  • Interests
    Steam Engines, Model trains, Blow Molds, HVAC
  • Occupation
    Drafter/CM
  • About my display
    My display has commerical grade C9 Christmas light strings wrapped in large green garland with 4 large red lanterns from World Class Christmas Displays. I also have many Empire & General Foam Blow Molds.

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  1. I felt that way last year. Hope this will lift your spirits. Play these vintage Christmas Albums, while looking at these old scenes from the past below. This always helps me. This reminds me of the happy childhood memories of seeing these decorations and hearing this type of music playing in the malls and stores. By the way, make some hot chocolate too.
  2. Jerry, I'll be praying for you and your Dad and Mom.
  3. Nice job! Really like the Santa and Reindeer on the roof.
  4. LOL! I just could not help laughing when the description said that it was made from sturdy corrugated plastic. Here are some Christmas gift ideas from Harriet Carter Catalog. I just love how they show paintings of items and not a picture of what it really looks like. You know it's a piece of crap when they do that. LOL! I like this more than the other one too. Not a bad price, in my opinion.
  5. They look GREAT! Good job taking the glitter off!
  6. Very interesting, Ted. I've never seen these before. By the way, I started laughing when I saw the price for those cheap prints on corrugated plastic. They look like those throw away political campaign signs in peoples yards. $52.95 for that?! Looks like something out of the Harriet Carter or Lillian Vernon Catalogs.
  7. I didn't know that, Ted. I had wondered why John wasn't posting. Very sad news. Allen
  8. Wow!!! Love that train display, man!
  9. Mel might have more information. Congrats on the Drummer Boy!
  10. I would say that any blow mold that has the Empire logo was created by them, before they went out of business and sold their molds to General Foam. Please correct me, if I'm wrong Mel. Empire Snowman: http://www.blow-molded.com/Empire___Snowmen.html
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