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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.

Bill Miller

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About Bill Miller

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  • Birthday 05/05/1950

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  • Location
    McKenzie, Tennessee, USA
  • Biography
    Creating Lighting Displays for over 30 years
  • Interests
    Displaying lights for Christmas,Halloween,and Easter.
    Other hobbies include Department 56,coins,Sports collections and gemstones
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Christmas display is built and designed around blow molds.

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  1. You've gotta love it when some of the old time high rollers awake on a special mold and watch the bidding go way up !
  2. Over the years they usually are $75 to $125....Now , If it is in great shape and you have the box..then they may go for the $200 price at times. They are a great find especially at your price
  3. Beco....Poloron.....Santas Best......TPI In that order. Everyone else is OK because they are blowmolds
  4. Another great looking display Andrew !! Your design & layout inside or out is "top of the line" Great to know that some of our friends can always come up with the best! Bill & Cindy
  5. Yep....your ill alright...but so are severel older diehard molders. Some new molders could not imagine what SOME molders have in storage and just maybe someday thay may display it.
  6. Try maybe China or Mexico....Gotta be somewhere with a low pay scale
  7. Glad to see Menards has sone new molds. I don't care who makes the molds today.... just as long as someone is making them!! I need to buy something new. It's been toooooo long
  8. TACKY ???? Hummm! How does 1000 blowmolds in your yard look tacky? I don't understand that!!!! They are a work of ART!! .....Least at this molders house-lol!
  9. Glad to see you back Dave. Your landscape for molds sounds great! Bill M
  10. Some of the best PC members lurked for a long time years ago. Molders mostly lurked back in the early days of PC (1998-1999)...BACK TO LURKING !
  11. I have a 12X20 metal building that I store my supplies for my blow mold displays and additional parts need for them. I then built a steel building with concrete floor. It is 36' by 48' (You could have parked 5 or 6 cars in it or more) This building has racks that the molds are placed on so you can see them if need be. They are never stacked on each other. The areas in the building have their own type of molds together. (Christmas,Halloween,Easter,other) Every shelf has a written inventory. All choir, angels, Santas, Elfs, Bunny, pumpkin, ghost and so on are placed together. It has to be done like that to keep up with all of them due to the volume/number of molds (YES..there is a TON of them..LOL-LOL)
  12. Carrie, That's why I posted 400 or 600--LOL! 600 is for the small size molds. Maybe 500 for the mixed sizes ..... 400 standard size....But what is standard size is the next question 30+ inches ?? 48" large size?
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