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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.

mkjn

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About mkjn

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  • Birthday December 29

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  • Location
    New Jersey, USA
  • Biography
    Been decorating for over 20 years!
  • Interests
    Decorating for the Holidays! I collect Animated Figures, Dept56, Radko, Inflatables, Hallmark/Carlton Ornaments, ETC...
  • Occupation
    Hallmark Gold Crown Store Manager
  • About my display
    Over 250 animated figures, some designed by myself, tons of lights and lots of stuff!

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  1. The 3 pieces with the count are hamberger I've seen them make them in their factory for a display we used to do in nj!
  2. Wow where did you find the Sesame Street guys? I used to work with a guy around here who had the same ones made by hamberger for his display!
  3. Those are amazing a store by us used to have them in their display when I was a kid! Where r u guys finding all this awesome stuff?!
  4. I love these rk pieces with the straw hair, I have about 11 now! I have an almost exact pair of these tree trimmers with normal doll heads/hair along with others, but I really like the vintage look of the straw hair! Always hunting for more!
  5. It's amazing how inexpensive they used to be! I remember them pulling that catalog out with the angels when I wanted my custom one made!
  6. Awesome where are you finding all these great pieces?
  7. Awesome! I've got some pics how do you post them?
  8. I loved going to visit their factory! It was amazing!
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