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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.

    jlknox11

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      I loved the christmas spirit and decorations
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    1. jlknox11

      snowman

      That’s a tpi version of the Poloron snowman you can tell from the extra plastic around the shovel. Here is the box
    2. Picked this up over the weekend I was amazed at how heavy it was. He came with his original shovel but the guy threw in an extra since it was getting brittle I’m very happy to add him to my collection! I actually feel better having the holiday innovations model since the Poloron one is kind of brittle due to age!
    3. I’m in Pennsylvania also and have a huge municipal collection message me sometime
    4. I have an 8ft inflatable toy soldier($40) by gemmy. Also a 6ft reindeer($30) by gemmy holding a giant candy cane. An 8ft moose holding a present and candy cane.($40) and a 8ft Santa waving holding a hohoho sign. ($40) all work and are by gemmy all have working lights. The price is negotiable. I can ship these. Message me if interested and I can send you pictures.
    5. The choir singers not the Victorian carolers.
    6. I'm looking for a few. Message me.
    7. Message me if interested these do not have light cords. I bought them and never used them. The Shepard is a grand venture. The rest is empire. The child's nativity does have light cords and I'm throwing in an angel they need cleaned they are just dusty though. Like I said for sale or trade. Come with boxes too!
    8. empire I want the set but shipping is awful on the new one.
    9. Anyone got a full set for sale?
    10. Has anyone ever ordered from them? There are some things I'd like to buy but don't know how to order or check out.
    11. Whoever just outbid me on my giant lollipop, you suck.
    12. It was an accidental Craigslist find! I was on here in November looking for an empire school house. Someone told me to find their craigslist add and I found a different one by mistake and the lady was downsizing so I bought all this plus she has stuff reserved.
    13. They are in beautiful condition. The lady washes and bags them every year. And the candy cane with the snowman was made by Santas best. Theres another version that has a seated Santa on top! I'm so happy with all of them!
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