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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The Birth of Jesus
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    USA
  • Biography
    I have been a decorator and collector of vintage Holiday Decor or all types for many years. Holidays are my Hobby
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    Christmas, Halloween and vintage collectables
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    Curator
  • About my display
    The display we have is static with 25,000 lights give or take with an assortment of different types of decor

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  1. I know of a gentleman that has one but last we spoke he wanted around $400.00 for him with the shovel on the original aluminum pole. Finding one of those with the shovel still in tact is quite an accomplishment. I believe the last two on Ebay sold for 500.00 and 440.00.
  2. I have seen this model of ALF kids loose paint like this in weather. Can you see a secondary paint under the paint that's running? That may be his original paint just not holding up which can happen over time or if he was exposed to extreme attic heat and then moist elements.
  3. Oh yikes you put him outside? Decorations this old often can't handle the outdoor weather. From what I can tell it is an Artistic Latex Form choir kid and often paint can get peeled off in water plus moisture can get into the form and crack in the cold. While I have no painting suggestions for you I would suggest keeping him in a dry location to let all the moisture come out of him before getting him painted. I am sorry to see that happen to him and I hope you can repair him.
  4. Wishfull One I believe you are referring to a Santas Best snowman. That snowman is common for losing its oversized carrot nose. Here is an ebay link to the same mold with the nose for reference. I would just keep an eye on ebay for a replacement part. http://www.ebay.com/itm/42-SANTAS-BEST-SNOWMAN-w-CARROT-NOSE-CHRISTMAS-BLOW-MOLD-LIGHTS-UP-YARD-DECOR-/161160108038?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2585e41806#ht_0wt_0
  5. BigBallo is correct in regards to the light kit. The light kit is the dead give away when assessing who made this set. Here is an image of GF complete set from Sears Wishbook catalog 1986
  6. Beco originally produced this set and then later after 1970 General Foam produced this set. They are indeed wonderful to have in any Christmas display.
  7. I see you have listed the items on ebay. Thank you for your response but they are out of my price range. Good luck on your sales and Merry Christmas
  8. Those are wonderful old lamps. Do they spin when reaching a certain heat from the bulb? They remind me of the LA Goodman heat motion lamps. I know I have info on those but it will take some digging in my files. In the meantime if they balanced on a metal pole with the lamp bulb below at the base and they rotate take them inside so they are warm and watch to see if the face and tree rotate. The wood bases are not original but they possible could still spin in the inside still has the pole. Those are indeed a rare find.
  9. Mel you are correct I got my boxes crossed when looking at them. Indeed the Santa Illuminated Plaque is number 461. When I pulled them from the warehouse to look I didn't realize they were in the wrong boxes.
  10. Santa was made by Paramount No 461. The original version of this Santa was made with a flat metal back he was then released three dimensional like yours.
  11. Well to her it was worth seeing it in your display, to others I dont know. I think value on items is a funny thing. For years I was obsessed with the value of an item I would pick up then one day I changed. I became a Curator someone who cares for the items until I pass to the afterlife then the next Curator can take over my flock. Now if you still have dollar value concerns or questions you can always search the item on ebay, filter the item search by completed sold and find an average price your item has sold for in the last couple months. I think they look very nice in your display.
  12. That is a fiber optic sign produced by the Gemmy Company.
  13. G40 bulbs are not 5 inches around. Here is a G40 compared side by side with a C7. They also use the same outlet hole so long as the cord is graded for 7 Watts
  14. You can also use a G40 bulb and you will get a round noise instead of a c7 shape. The G40 bulbs look fantastic in a conversion such as that.
  15. These are incredibly difficult to find in working order so I understand your frustration indeed. I know of a gentleman that has a mechanical Poloron Santa, which is in wonderful working order and has even been repainted however last I spoke with him his price was upwards $1500.00 if he were ever to sell it. I suggest you wait and one day in the future now or 10 years from now Santa will show up.
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