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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.
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Calico Jack

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I was the youngest our of 6 kids and i remember my dad being really busy at christmas time as he owned his own business. But he always made sure he had time to take me around to look at the christmas displays that people would put out in front of their homes. Now were talking back in the 60's so their were nothing like they are today, but that was a special time for me because it was just me and him riding around sharing laughs and memories together look at christmas displays of lights and the Old Blow Mold Decorations.
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    Ocean Springs, Ms
  • Biography
    Im original from Texas, but i currently Live in Mississippi as it was my last station before i retired out of the Service.
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    Metal Detecting, Drawing, Wood Working
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  • About my display
    I really don't have a display to speak of, as I have always lived in a apartment where i put up a tree and a few lights around the windows. Now that i have my own home, i want to start displaying outside with the older Blow Mold Decorations and some of the new Led lights.

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  1. Hello I was trying to remember what you guys are talking about and for the life of me i'm drawing a blank, Was it some kind of a toy or was it a site that was on tv your could go watch. Randy
  2. First of all Congratulations on your find, I have searched the Internet and found this site, i didn't see your particular santa on here but it's still good info on the Harold Gale Santa, https://holidappy.com/holidays/Harold-gale-Santa-Claus-Christmas-decorations Hope this helps Randy
  3. Oh yup that’s great and your right almost for free?
  4. Hey dchackert that's great to hear, do you just love them good finds
  5. Yes Mel She has been here long before i moved into the neighborhood and has always been very friendly to everyone around, sure going to miss them when they leave.
  6. My neighbor across the street was moving and today they were having a garage sale. Before they got started she came over and ask if I would be interested in these blow molds. She tried to give them too me but they refused and gave her 10 dollars for them.
  7. Hey DougP Im using a Flag Pole this year for my Mega Tree do you mind sending me those pictures too of the Topper. Jack
  8. Thanks for the Info PowerStroke I'll check them out.
  9. Thanks Dougp i'll check them out to see what kind of prices they have with the shipping Thanks for the reply and that is a good buy 46 dollars per hundred with free shipping, and CDI isn't a bad price either as long is the shipping does cost that much. Thanks for the Reply and that is a great price 46 dollars per hundred plus the CDI is not a bad price either as long as the shipping isn't too bad. I can understand sometimes the good deals turn out not so good when the shipping is included.
  10. I was scrolling online on Home Depot and ran across these and just was wondering if this was a good buy, I have seen on here where some of you hardcore display guys and gals buy and make your own extension cords to fit your display needs.
  11. I just ordered mine (Really Big Lights) online this morning from Home Depot. They had 5 of them in a set for $39.95. ordered 2 sets to go on my big tree in the front yard.
  12. Hey Mel thanks for the info on beco, I have other manufacturers molds but this is my first Blow mold item from beco.
  13. Hey Big J Thanks and i have found a few good deals on both of those sites. Slow my friend I'm getting everything down out of the attic this weekend coming up and I got to starting going thru it. Trying to add a 12 foot mega tree this year to the display plus a couple of other items. Have you started putting things out yet?
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