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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
    I've always enjoyed decorating for Christmas. When I was young we always put up the outdoor lights after Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Location
    York PA
  • Biography
    I've always enjoyed decorating for Christmas. Start buying lights right after Halloween to decorate more of our house.
  • Interests
    Restoring old trucks, cars, farm equipment
  • Occupation
    truck driver
  • About my display
    Outdoor lighting, a few blowmolds, and inflatable. We've moved and live so far off the road it's hard to see the smaller items anymore... : (
  1. Thanks for the answers Mel! I didn't realize it was that new, figured it had to be older! Funny I've never seen another one! And I am located in East Berlin, PA, just about midway between York and Gettysburg.
  2. Hello! I'm new here. I have a vintage Empire blow mold Santa in his sleigh I am selling on eBay. I've seen this design many times but I haven't seen one like this before. Santa turn about 90 degrees from front to side and waves his arm as he turns. I've gotten quite a few questions if this was made as a display model or if it was made special. I was wondering if anyone had any information that could help me out! There is a link to Youtube in the auction. Here is a link to the auction: http://www.ebay.com/itm/190943626604?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 If anyone could give me any information I would greatly appreciate it! This seems to be a very rare piece, can't find one anywhere else!!
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