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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.

Dwait1

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    favourite? all of them!
  • Location
    England
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    Christmas mad
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    Art
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    Sales Advisor
  • About my display
    Mainly inflatables and blow moulds, but plenty of lights and a very traditional look.

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    Snowman jar

    Hey everyone, found this on face book today for sale, unfortunately too far for me to collect and seller not wanting to post it but has anyone seen one of these before? It looks just like the snowman blow moulds but it is a ceramic cookie jar!
  2. yep! used to be a member, was a great forum. one day went to log in and the site was taken down. very disappointing really): just managed to sign back in, interesting to see some of the old posts.
  3. Thanks for the feedback guys, really appreciate it! They look so good, i love the idea of using the pathway lights as flames. Would like to see what they look like lit up at night too, i might consider selling him on ebay but i find it hard to part with them sometimes haha. Thanks for the feedback !
  4. Hi everyone. I was quite scared to fix this mold as i did not know how well it would go! I purchased the mold last year and it was in an awful state, i think it must have been sat outside for many years. So this week i stripped it down and did a full paint job! Its my first real attempt to restore a mold and im quite happy with it! It probably could be better but id love to hear what you guys think of it! I'll probably display him this year P.s sorry the photos are not in order but you can see which is the "before" i started picture! (I hope!) haha
  5. Hey, thanks guys. I get most my airblowns shipped over from the US but thought it would be cheaper to shove some stuff in my case to save on shipping for a while!:) i have a lot of voltage converters at home in the UK for my lights and airblowns. I just really wanted to find some of the old school c9 lights while i was here as they are risky to ship unlike LED's. thanks guys
  6. Hey everyone. Im currently on vacation in orlando florida and this is my first time in the USA. Im wanting to find some lights or other decor to take back to the UK with me but does anyone know the best place i can go this time of year? Walmart had some summer style c9 party lights but thats all i could find, any tips? Much appreciated!! Thankyou, david.
  7. Just thought i'd share this with everyone, as ive mentioned before its hard to come by these in the UK, and i managed to get him for only £50!!
  8. i love the inflatables! i collect all the older models from 2002 - 2004 really. i would like them to bring back many of those designs! they were just so well made. 2002 nutcracker is one of my favourites.
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