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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.

PCON22

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Waking up super early with my brothers, going downstairs to see all of the presents, separating them out into our own individual piles. We'd build forts out of the presents and sleep behind the forts until our parents awoke and we could begin opening the gifts.
  • Location
    Baltimore
  • Biography
    Youngest of three boys. Both parents come from big families so we have a lot of cousins, aunts and uncles. Dad's family is spread around the country so we don't see them as often. Mom' family is local so we see them every holiday.
  • Interests
    Sports - baseball, football, basketball, swimming, water polo.
  • Occupation
    Higher Education
  • About my display
    Smaller than I would like it to be. Need more equipment (ladders) and more hands to help accomplish what I hope to accomplish.
  1. My first post is a new topic, I know I know.....not proper forum etiquette, my apologies. I've always had an appreciation for vintage holiday decorations and I've recently started to add blow molds to my own personal display. Haven't got around to thrift store hunting yet and I'm excited to learn that Craigslist is a hotbed of blow mold hunting. As I hope to grow my collection, I want to make sure I properly take care of my pieces of art. I searched the forums for any tips on storing blow molds for longevity but I was unable to find anything relevant. I live in the Mid-Atlantic and our weather can range from extreme heat and humidity in the summer to frigid cold in the winter. I would like to store my blow molds in our attic, which is susceptible to the elements (heat/cold temps). I am hoping that those of you who are more experienced in collecting, displaying and especially storing blow molds can give me some advice on all weather storage. Thanks in advance!
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