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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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    Blowmold collector
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    Sporting events, cigars, antique vehicles
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    Engineer
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    Mostly blowmolds

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  1. Those look pretty good, any idea on who the manufacturer is? Or item #?
  2. Man this sucks, haven’t been on here in a while but to see that a scrapper bought a bunch of the molds and that we are down to one company is terrible. I remember when I started lurking on this site and collecting fifteen years ago we had TPI, Union, and GF in full swing ?.
  3. Stock557

    GFP Closing

    Sad to see but unfortunately not all that surprising. Just not enough popularity anymore, I must admit that my ~100 or so molds do take up a lot of my basement which a lot of people just won't dedicate to Christmas decorations , nonetheless I always bought 3-5 new molds a year to try keep GF going. A lot of mold collectors doomed GF with reluctance to accept the paint/quality which IMO was still more than acceptable but obviously not Empire level and refused to buy GF products. Would be nice to still have them around rather than nothing. RIP GF and new molds, will proudly display my GF for next 40 years or so god willing.
  4. Stock557

    GFP Closing

    Terrible news, by the time I started collecting molds empire was gone along with tpi and union shortly after. I guess just happy general was able to provide me with a lot of great molds, this is unfortunately the end of new molds it seems,rip gf you will be missed
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