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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.


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About PhilaGriswold

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The year my dad got me the Santa and Sleigh blowmold for Christmas. It was the one I wanted for years.
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    Collecting Blowmolds since I was 16.
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    Collecting Blowmolds and Boating
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  • About my display
    My display is slowly growing since I started working full time. I hunt for the older Blowmolds, and I fix them up as needed. I'm limited on how many Blowmolds I have because I still live at home. My dad doesn't mind them because it makes outside decorating easier on him.

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  1. The pumpkins I saw had to be old stock. One was the general foam one from a few years ago with the cut out face. Another one was the three pumpkin totem. The third was the flat back large pumpkin. Below are pictures of the ones I was talking about from google. All of them at that store were faded beyond belief and I’m surprised they were trying to sell them.
  2. Looked like a lot of old stock. They had a whole pallet full of faded pumpkins, I was surprised they were still trying to sell them for decent prices. The Christmas ones may have been leftover from last year.
  3. They gave me 20% off the halloween ones and the Christmas ones were half price compared to their website.
  4. Excited to find these at the ACE Hardware not far from my house.
  5. I have some new additions this year blow mold wise. Was thinking mega tree, I think that has to wait until next year. Right now I’m trying to find a place to find lights, usually I’d buy them when they go on sale, but with the new house gotta go big the first year here
  6. Thanks Big J, how have you been? I haven’t been on in awhile. Have some additions for my display and moved to a house with a ton of ground. This years display is going to be good.
  7. Too bad there aren’t any Menards on the East Coast. People are way overpricing that big Santa on eBay. Any idea how much it was in the store?
  8. From what I've seen, some of the sellers on eBay have lowered the price of the item but increased the price of shipping. Seems like the shipping prices have become unreasonable, like the seller is trying to make money on shipping.
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