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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.

    Don Mcabee

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      charlie brown christmas
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      gaffney SC USA
    • Biography
      new to competition lighting, need supplies and support
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      Holiday decoration for my kids and the neighborhood kids
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    • About my display
      just getting off the ground

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    1. great job Big J, When you texted me my jaw hit the floor!!lol, Just a heads up to everybody in PC world, Daytona is a blowmold desert lol
    2. so when you gonna send me a pair to lil ol South Carolina? ps I just got the bugs worked out of my pc so I'm BACK!!
    3. that sounds great, but sorry to say that my traveling for work days are over, I opted for a stay in town job to keep the miles off of me and my truck lol
    4. On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rank these on quality, durability. and paint? Thanks
    5. Cool lesson Mel, thanks for all you do for the mold collecting world!!!
    6. I agree with the above post Mel, you should host a tour of some sorts, I would love to see a virtual tour and history lesson on each piece. However, in all my "few years on pc" I have often wondered about your avatar picture, Im sure its a mold of some sorts, ( he favors the elf in the pic) how about a little history lesson behind the really cool elf avatar.
    7. wow!!! I hate to admit it, but sometimes the old ads are as cool as the molds they advertised. 15 cent hotdog, and get a soft drink free...cool so very cool, 99 cent costumes....once again cool so very very cool
    8. if I manage to go and take $1500 with me I'm sure I'll have plenty for you to paint
    9. I'm looking into going now, nothing confirmed. Depending on my vacation days, Uhaul rental, etc
    10. I got a message on Facebook today that GF is having one final...final...final sale this month I'm thinking the 29th but everybody should go to BMN and confirm...see ya there
    11. Big J, If you come across this deer, grab it up for me...Remember the "claude the reindeer" story I told my little girl? I NEED THIS CLAUDE!!!! LOL (not kidding lol)
    12. Yes sir, that's it, and to add to the post, I have found 10 deer for the 2018 season (9 grand venture/empire mix) and 1 of the goofy deer (often called the butt dear) so Claude will make his debut this year!!!!
    13. I followed the auction results on Facebook, and several of the groups on Facebook had auction results. I read about the online "mystery" guy, I wonder if it could have been Gemmy?
    14. Mel, from what I have read Cado did in fact get quite a few molds, an online bidder got quite a few, and sad to say a few scrappers got several. No telling what will be lost for ever.
    15. So very true, molds used for tires as opposed to propel based plastic products are totally different, but many same principals. Interesting that you posted and referenced bottle making procedures, I left Michelin making tires to go to work for a company that makes the propel based products to make Powerade, and Coca Cola bottles...my previous employment and mechanical background is why I was able to adjust to well to a totally different/kind of the same enviroment....small worl
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