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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.

    Scott Rob

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      When my granddad help me make wood cut outs for our naivety when I was young.
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      Metro Atlanta
    • Biography
      I love putting up Christmas light and seeing the smiles on people face that come by
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      Christmas Displays, blow molds, gardening, LOR
    • Occupation
      Electrically Engineer
    • About my display
      Most years my display is LOR and other years it is blow molds and old school looking

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    1. Just got done on a lunch break converting battery powered to 120vac plug in. Below are the pictures.
    2. Went to different Lowe’s by the mall they had more blow molds. This is a big Lowe’s there still putting out Christmas.
    3. I had another question I can’t figure out how to add photos to gallery? Thanks for your help.
    4. Hi Chuck I noticed that some parts of website look different on my iPhone than iPad. The three bars normally on left are in center it took me a minute to find it. Everything else looks great! The picture is of my iPhone.
    5. I don’t remember seeing one on that exact topic but, On main page if you go to (other) at top then click on (magazines) the last one done has a nice selection of tips and tricks. If that not what your looking for let group know.
    6. They had some at mine but plastic is supper thin like milk jug. I would have gotten one but all the bottoms had some damage to them. Also my store is so under staff they have zero Christmas out:(
    7. I think the item numbers are 2127478 the other 2127479 below is my receipt with the minion and other items. You can call this Lowe’s they are very helpful.
    8. I tried to blow up the pictures I had but I did not take one that up close. Next time I go I will try and remember to take pictures it might be a few weeks.
    9. Add this picture so you could see light cord compared to union bear, SH /GV pumpkin, and sun hill witch/ ghost. I figured most people on this site has one of them:)
    10. These are the two I have two eye one is Otto the one eye is Stewart. They are Lowe’s only item in store only. Add this picture so you could see size compared to union bear, GV pumpkin, and sun hill witch. I figured most people on this site has one of them:)
    11. My Walmart had all Christmas in big boxes still.:( below is Halloween blow mold the plastic is very thin like milk bottle. Everyone of them had damage to bottom so I passed. They did have a end cap of old Mold from GFP pumpkins made in Mexico.
    12. I agree the prices have been going up alot. Every time I see these big jump in prices I cringe and think back about my trip to GFP. When GFP was open I went there, they had two tables of Table top blow molds with another table of odd ball stuff ( sample molds) for $5 each. I past on most of it. I could kick myself every time I think my wife was right! she said when we there you should buy extra to sell. I thought the price would not go up much:) boy was I wrong! Below are a few pictures from that trip. On far right is side of pictures are a few of tables. I also passed o
    13. The pumpkin lamp was really more than I wanted to pay. But it looked cool to me. It was $49 and since I live in Georgia it was mailed to me. They have processing fee and shipping I did get a grinch as well so subtracting that it comes to 55.38
    14. My Lowe’s had 4 of each.
    15. At Lowe’s they got most of Christmas blow mold.
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