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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.

Light in the Dark

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About Light in the Dark

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Loved watching to see whose lights would be turned out the latest in the season
  • Location
    Pennsylvania
  • Biography
    College professor
  • Interests
    Blow molds, lights, model railroading, sports, scouts
  • Occupation
    College Professor
  • About my display
    In its 9th year. Expanded this year to include a blow mold nativity and several municipals.

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  1. How heavy would one of these molds be? For example, how heavy do you think the owl mold pictured would be?
  2. Oh my. I'd love to get some of these. Anyone close to the location and willing to ship to PA?
  3. I don't know the history, but I sure do love the bells! Where did you get it?
  4. Looks like a 1960s General Plastics! Wonderful find. Tell us the story!
  5. Awesome display Shane. I like the mix of vintage (municipals, candle blow molds, etc.) with the characters. Loving that Pink Panther.
  6. Shane, do you have some pictures of them in your display? I realize you wouldn't have any yet with the blue one, but I'd love to see them.
  7. Indeed Big J. Awesome! Do you keep the finest stuff (maybe mold craft for example) inside your home rather than in the storage buildings?
  8. Mel, I think you should host guided tours of your collection! There are many of us who highly value the knowledge and guidance you provide. But, to see inside the blow mold compound... that would be fantastic. Thank you sincerely for the glimpse. I'm curious what got you started with collecting. I've kind of focused on collecting molds of just a few particular things and the vast others I'm not that interested in. It seems like you want multiples of everything? How did you get started and what motivates you today?
  9. Anybody have one of these General Plastics beauties they are looking to sell? I recently had a daughter whose middle name is Noel. I would love to have this sign for her. Thanks, Christian
  10. My son will flip out when he sees this. Awesome work.
  11. I saw this recent completed listing on ebay. They look to be in great shape. Anyone on here the lucky buyer?
  12. I'm loving your lantern on the porch. Very nice look!
  13. When I was at Seiter and Son they didn't take credit card. Bring cash! Cool store.
  14. That is awesome! Love the original box. Enjoy!
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