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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.

    donna123

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    About donna123

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      Scrooge with Albert Finney
    • Location
      Upstate NY
    • Biography
      Happily married mom of 3 and grandma of 3
    • Interests
      Christmas and Halloween blow molds
    • Occupation
      Retired from accounting/tax prep
    • About my display
      I have about 50 to 60 blow molds for Christmas and Halloween.

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    1. Big J, I hope all is ok. That being said there have been many times when members just needed to take a break. I have thought about selling everything in the past. Sometimes you just need to skip it. Donna
    2. This municipal piece looks brand new, wow! Sorry I can't help you because I don't collect them, but I'm sure the right pc person will help.
    3. Hope you had a very happy birthday!! Awesome gifts for sure. 🎁
    4. TED Ted, Mercari is an online selling site like ebay and etsy.
    5. I like them, they look very nice.
    6. Yup.....definitely something weird going on. I've been watching ebay sales of Christmas and Halloween blow molds for a few months and whenever I see a tabletop one that I have that sells for $100.00+ I take a screen shot just to show my family. Here is an example
    7. This was only the second time since March that we went there. :)
    8. Hey Big J, Hubby and I went to Wal-Mart today and the only Halloween decorations were a few items from last year stock. I'll have to try again soon. Donna
    9. My daughter sent me this. It's not on their website. Anybody find this at Walmart?
    10. This makes me want to decorate now. It looks like most decorations are oversized. I've been to Target, Walmart and Michael's so far. Wal-Mart has just a few fall items. Target and Lowe's didn't have anything. Michael's had a section they cleared out to set up Halloween. Tomorrow is Sept 1st and I can't wait until summer is over.
    11. I hope she sells it to you. It's a wonderful item. I don't collect any municipals, but for some reason this Noel Lantern sticks in my memory. Maybe it's the colors, especially that light pink color. :)
    12. Just curious......Is it the Noel Lantern shown in the pic?
    13. I'm wondering if anyone has an extra crow/bird for the Union Scarecrow that they would like to sell. I know it's a long shot, but I figure if you don't ask you'll never know. Thanks, Donna
    14. I wish we had an antique market with Halloween blow molds. This type of store doesn't exist near me. :(
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