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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.

Darrid

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About Darrid

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  • Birthday 10/23/1969

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When I was 13, my Dad got me my first animation. It was a Tri State animated Santa. Still have him to this day!
  • Location
    Southgate, MI
  • Biography
    I have collected Christmas animation since I was 13 and have collected Christmas items and ornaments since I was 5. I also collect Hallmark ornaments and have almost every ornament made between the years of 1973 and 2005. Love Christmas props!
  • Interests
    I collect a lot of stuff!
  • Occupation
    Auditor
  • About my display
    Last open house I had 35 full size trees up, 27,000 lights inside the house and a 400# Christmas wreath outside that came from LS Ayres in South Bend.

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  1. They are from different sets as shown.
  2. These typically were paired with a huge unanimated Santa. Picked up these guys locally about a month ago. Love the old ones!
  3. Such a cute couple! These are both miniatures!
  4. Is Spring finally here? Time to get some work done!
  5. Champion Studios, Barrango, Spaeth and Lou Nasty are still around. There is also a company in Illinois called Fantasy Creations. There are currently several overseas. Harold Gale may be coming back later this year.
  6. Just got this guy finished up. There wasn't much left of him when I started.
  7. Still is not fixed. It had more hits than almost any forum in the group!
  8. What happened to the "My Love for Hamberger Displays" topic? It was one of the most active and now when I hit the link out of a former post notification, it's gone.
  9. Pretty much, they did a lot of custom pieces over the years
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