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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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  1. Thanks Big J. These guys were covered with snow almost to their necks with the last snow storm! We just got rid of most of it and now it's snowing again. :)
  2. We have many of the candleabra type flickering bulbs and they are great close up, however not at a distance. Our home is too far from the road to truly appreciate the flicker. We put a clear c-7 in this lamp post.
  3. Well done! Our fire department does something every year. They use a ladder truck and have Santa sitting on top. Other smaller trucks, playing Christmas tunes, go along and blow the siren to let kids know that Santa is coming down the street. The volunteers in Santa hats hand out candy canes to all the kids waving to Santa. It really is wonderful and very fun for the kids and adults.
  4. Mel, Thanks for reminding me about this ad. You posted this ad and I even took a screen shot of it and I completely forgot. I must be really losing it..lol. Donna
  5. It looks great! How long did it take to make it and do the candy canes light up?
  6. Looks great! I love the Merry Christmas Lanterns hanging on the porch. Also, is that an original Poloron Snowman and Merry Christmas shovel? I very rarely see the original shovel.
  7. Congratulations!!!!!!! I know what it feels like to finally get that blow mold you always wanted.
  8. Looks great! I am loving the inflatable Santa in Bed. That one I've never seen. :)
  9. Here are a few of my favorites. The Season's Greetings blow mold was made by Dapol, the Santa Sleigh and Reindeer are either Lidco or Dapol and the Snowman is a complete mystery. I love that he has a carrot shaped mouth!
  10. Mel, My Empire 1990 catalog shows the colors a bit different. It shows a yellow painted swirl on the white flame and a red painted band around the bottom. The candles, as we see above, are in the 1991 catalog along with the poinsettia shrink wrapped one. Donna
  11. Wow, 65 pounds for each half! That's pretty heavy. Sure, I will post some pics. I just need to unpack my indoor decorations. I decorated outside, but not inside yet.
  12. Awesome pieces! That Noel Lantern must have a special memory for you because you have the actual mold too! Do you have both sides? How much does it weigh?
  13. Hi Jen, Welcome! Your decorations are beautiful!! You must be the best in the neighborhood! This site has helped me also, everything from blow mold history and repair questions to replacing mini bulbs. Donna ......I just noticed your vintage candles next to your fireplace.....awesome!
  14. Thank you so much. I figured my only other choice was 3.5 bulbs, but that was too much (43 x 3.5). I wondered why my Walmart sold out of all silhouettes before Thanksgiving. I bet buying an extra silhouette or 2 for $6.98 is worth having the extra bulbs!! I'll have to do that next year!!
  15. Here is one of my lighted window silhouettes. There are 43 bulbs for this lantern. The tag attached to the cord says replace bulbs with 3 volt super bright bulbs only. The problem is that there aren't any 3 volt bulbs except on ebay for very large quantities of single colors. Is it possible to change the bulbs to 2.5 volt super bright if I change all the bulbs on the lantern? Would this be an option?
  16. I haven't seen these myself so I'm not sure of the scale. What about using an old C9 bulb painted black or if you need a rounder bulb maybe a small globe type painted black? I know there are guys here who have fixed faces by cutting and shaping old plastic milk jugs. Good Luck! :)
  17. Thanks for posting this. I never think about Ace Hardware for decorations. My daughter and I just left there with 2 lighted window silhouettes which were $ 9.99 each which is awesome!! :)
  18. 1956! Thanks Rich, my family wouldn't have bought them either. LOL
  19. I have never seen anything like this. They are amazing. Do you know what year this would have been?
  20. donna123

    Blowmold prices

    Thanks Ted I wish I had a Menard's near me.
  21. Congrats on such a nice Santa! He looks really good.
  22. This King Size Reindeer is impressive. That girl looks like she could ride on his back.
  23. I just read this story and wanted to share. I hope this is ok to post.
  24. That is a stunning effect! Looks awesome!
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