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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 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. LOL! I know.....Every Christmas season I have the same issue with putting lights on my yew bushes in front of the house. I love the way it looks, but as soon as it snows the branches get forced to the ground from the weight of the snow and the lights get buried.
  2. Yes, and the tree came in green, white and 2 sizes. I didn't see a blow mold truck. Do you mean the ceramic truck? Mr Christmas makes some really nice items.
  3. Hey Big J, How have you been? Hope you've been good and staying cool this very hot summer. I'm looking forward to the snow and Christmas decorating. Any new Christmas blow molds for you this year? Donna
  4. I almost forgot to post about these very cute blow molds on QVC Christmas in July! The Angel has a flickering candle flame, the Snowman has a flickering lamp and Santa has a flickering lantern. Today is the last day they are $49.98 each and $7.50 shipping. Regular cost is $61.00. No Batteries, they plug in.
  5. I know what you mean. I am about 30 miles north of Albany. I have a covered front porch so it could work but would need rechargeable batteries for sure.
  6. I was deciding between the red & white or the red & green when David said they were all gone.
  7. That's great! Which color did you order? I hope you will post a pic when you get them and let us know what you think of them.
  8. Last year I mentioned that I would post when QVC presented their new blow mold during Christmas in July. Well they did and all of them sold out very fast. I captured a few pics just so we could see them. I don't remember the exact price, but I'm pretty sure it was less than $40. They were made by Mr. Christmas. The only part that lit was the flame which had a flame bulb and it uses batteries and has a timer.
  9. I finally found pictures!!!!!!! WoooHooo!!!!!! This is the bird/crow I was looking for, also shows the post was tan and Union Products was imprinted on the back. My scarecrow doesn't have the imprint.....that's curious.
  10. Thank you so much for responding! The Scarecrow that I posted was from the Union Lawn and Garden line. The blow mold was made with a tan plastic, came with a crow and doesn't light. There is a small hole on one of the arms where you would stick in the crow. On the arms is imprinted directions to attach the "bird". This Garden version is not in the Halloween catalogs. I was hoping that someone here might have the box with a picture or some other picture of it. From what I was told this guy was made in 1987. Thanks, Donna
  11. Does anyone have a picture of the crow that came with this scarecrow? I think it was just a plain black crow but not sure.
  12. Wow, these are awesome! Thanks for posting :)
  13. Ted, Wow, those seem like a great deal. Unfortunately I didn't see this in time. Donna
  14. Thanks, I am familiar with this page.
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