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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. Alright Virginians, Let's see your displays!
  2. I totally agree. Started bagging my Halloween this year. And I am very mad in myself not keeping the original bags from GFP.
  3. That seems still like a lot of work. But Mel is the OG professional. I wonder what others do. Thoughts?
  4. How can I post albums?  I can't figure it out this year.

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    Display so far

    Heres our display so far.
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    Looking for the cheapest place to buy regular and Red 40 watt Led bulbs. Also looking for a red LED bulb for Rudolph's nose. Any recommendations would be great.
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    Finishing painting my GF train and starting to the house lights here!
  8. Ours didn't have anything. I went to one when I was on my business trip. They didn't have anything. I was disappointed.
  9. @Stephen Blue No worries. Good to know too. i wasn't too scared. Nothing worse than the BMN group.
  10. @Chuck I totally understand. I have said this many times over on the Blow Mold specific Forums. Facebook is great but it also allows for more rude people. I don't have facebook for that reason. People can hide behind their profile/fake profile. Example: I joined the LOR facebook group (via my wife's account) and asked a question and instantly a guy was scolding because it wasn't LOR specific. Sadly, I don't think Facebook is the way to go. Especially when people are getting off facebook. I do wish more people would chat on here. But us enthusiasts are few and far between. The work that you and others do, the people who actually give good responses are priceless.
  11. It's just sad because when I have a good question, I don't really get quality responses because no one is ever on here.
  12. Sadly, with little responses......I was wondering if there were any other places where people discuss Christmas lights. Any recommendations?
  13. Finally started painting my train I got from GFP this winter. The fun part is doing whatever you want. And also knowing its probably a better paint job then the factory could give, so just do what you want.
  14. Thanks for the info. We used gorilla tape too. But we live in a very rural area and we get a lot of Nor'Easters where the wind picks up a lot. And gets wet a lot. Not a bad idea. I may try this
  15. So last year my son and I ran christmas lights across the whole front of the house. We used duct tape to hold them down. But we had to constantly go back up because we live in a pretty wet area during december (Virginia Beach). I have recently had a new roof put on. We did attempt to use the "shingle clips" on the old roof but the shingles were glued together. Anyways. I am interested to see what other people have done to run lights across the roof peak to edge. Any help would be great. here is an idea of what i did last year
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