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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.

R. Brown

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    , Nova Scotia, Canada
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    weight training , martial arts , running marathons
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  • About my display
    small display of 30 blow molds
  1. I buy based off what catches my eye, in fact I do the same thing at bakeries whem I'm looking at cakes.
  2. Congratulations, thanks for the info.
  3. TPI santa with reindeer with the TPI mrs claus.
  4. Last year Dept 56 held a contest in which the winner would have a house built of their display. The winning entry was the Sockwell family display from Vineland NJ. I contacted Dept 56 but no reply as of yet, so I was wondering if anyone here has heard if this building will be produced this year.
  5. Me thinks someone likes ice cream. I gotta go with pie and ice cream.
  6. This is extremely insightful and he covers some of the major food groups as well.
  7. Great recipe blearning, for mint Nanaimo bars simply add 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract and a couple of drops of green food dye to your filling.
  8. This thread is making me hungry, I think I will go make a ham sammich, no on second thought maybe I should just pick up a bucket of chicken .
  9. Lot of good suggestions I would like to see the smurfs as blow molds.
  10. Great job on the display A.F. Nut, you sure have a good sized lawn to work with. I really like the Merry Christmas sign is it homemade and how do you mount it to the roof. In regards to "boring us with your pictures" feel free to bore us anytime .
  11. Thanks for the information. Bigballo do you know which metal molds they acquired.
  12. Hi, I have been away from PC for awhile and after reading through old posts I noticed references to Nu-Dell acquiring the Farley molds. Can anyone here please update what is going on with them. Thanks.
  13. Thanks for posting thisBill, it's great to see photos of old molds.
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