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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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About RickyRo

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Riding my first bike Christmas morning and it was snowing.
  • Location
    Ft. Lauderdale FL
  • Biography
    Father of two boys who decorates his house crazy for Halloween and Christmas. I enjoy decorating to bring the community together.
  • Interests
    Outdoor Holiday collecting & prop building. Also I enjoy RC cars with my kids.
  • Occupation
    Engineered Sales
  • About my display
    Combonation of Vintage blow molds mixed with new LED's and tied to Gemmy Holiday Light Show.

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  1. Hello Hamberger friends, I just picked up a beautiful animated Santa and Ms Claus. Has anyone seen these before? I appreciate any help. Thank you.
  2. Thanks for sharing Halloween pics Darrid. I love the bobbing for Apples seen! Classic and nostalgic.
  3. If it is a McMillan is there a recommended way to replace with a new motor? Im going to assum that if a McMillian its toast. Thanks for the info.
  4. Thanks for the additional info, I read that the motors are hard to rebuild once broken?
  5. Hello fellow Hamberger Fans, can you please help me identify the attached pictures of Elves? Approx. Year and theme ? I would like to know what they are supposed to do and with what prop please? I found them for sale locally for $130 as is, no tools or accessories. One Elve works (hands move) and the other one doesn't. Both still have original cord and motors. I checked the 1983' PDF Hamberger Catalog earlier in this thread and could not find them. I would appreciate any feedback? Is is worth the purchase? I know how hard it is to find them, this would be my first Hamberger purchase. Thank you very much! Rick
  6. Hey guys check out this link about the original Hamberger factory, I think some of these people would appreciate your insight on Hamberger displays. http://lostnewyorkcity.blogspot.com/2008/06/remembering-hamberger.html
  7. Wow how do you not love Hamberger items, it is classic Christmas. I have a question for you guys, how would you recommend starting to acquire Hamberger items? I know they are rare but I just never seem to be able to find them?
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