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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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    1. It took a little over an hour to make. And yes,it lights up.
    2. Yeap. I noticed the base was different than other candles plus it had to be a smooth candle to get the wrap on. Don't see many of those.....
    3. Finally got around to making a candy cane streamer. Might add a few more candy canes.
    4. I like the side by side photo.It shows the detail is almost exact,if not,and the size differance.
    5. Possibilities are endless. I did know grand venture was a company and not a manufacturer. I understood from way back that they had gotten a hold of old poloron molds. Seems odd they would make new molds,but apparently they did. Remember the old 31"..no 32" snowman.LOL. Seems everybody made it in a differant size. Sunhill made that snowman as well as empire,tpi...etc
    6. Yes. The one pictured is a old poloron mold made by grand venture. GV made many old poloron molds and a few new designs as well.
    7. Here is what the Grand Venture and Empire candles look like. Yours looks like it was ruff cut to that opening
    8. Hope you don't care if I take a shot at it. The candles look to be early poloron. The candle tops,drips,and stripes are identical to poloron and later grand venture.The base of course is not the same as the ones we are used too,and I never saw a "noel" candle in that style. The small snowman is likely early TPI. I don't think drainage made anything under 22" (table tops),and it has the details in the scarf that no other manufactures used. Very similiar to all of tpi snowman scarfs and the 31" snowman we are used to seeing.The 31" snowman also had detailed gloves.
    9. Thought I'd "update" an old wreath
    10. Seen driving through Dix Illinois
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