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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, now I babysit for my grandsons
  • About my display
    I have about 50 to 60 blow molds for Christmas and Halloween.

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  1. Big J, It just sold out about 5 min ago. I was trying to decide and poof...... it was gone.
  2. It's Christmas in July on QVC and they are showing this blow mold tree which was modeled after the vintage ceramic lighted trees. It is 3 feet tall and 22 1/4 wide.
  3. Thinking of you and praying for a full and swift recovery
  4. This ad is great. Now I understand why the seller used "Welles" in the description. Also, I didn't know that those cardboard fireplaces were made back in the 60's.
  5. Hey Big J, I'm good, just had to step away from blow molds for a while. I hope all is well with you too!
  6. Very nice find. What will you do with all the green lamp posts?
  7. 'Simply having a wonderful Christmastime' by Paul McCartney makes me hurry to turn it off. Somehow it always comes on in the grocery store when I'm shopping and I wish I had ear plugs.
  8. I really enjoyed watching this video. Thanks for posting it here.
  9. Hilda's blow mold repaints/repurposing is legendary!!! Did you see her Santa Christmas Train transformed into a Halloween Train? That one is my favorite. ..........here it is
  10. Sorry, I don't know. If I can get there today I will look. Thanks Big J :)
  11. My daughter sent me this picture from the Michael's store near us
  12. I forgot to mention that the above reindeer is inflatable
  13. QVC currently has a Kringle Express 12ft lit Reindeer for $89.90 on sale and I just checked and they are still in stock.
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