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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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  1. Thank you Mel... She is pretty.
  2. Rich that tree sounds so nice. My grandmother had one that she said I could have, but it was in really bad shape. Maybe one day I'll break down and get one. Do you put special ornaments on it? Shane, awesome display! Would love to get a look at some closeups when you get a moment.
  3. I came across this Union angel. Custom painted?
  4. I saw that too. I thought about bidding when it was in the 200s.
  5. I'm still looking for my grail piece. I think I'm close to it... Congrats on getting yours. Nice condition? Mel and the rest of the community... What is your favorite piece? Can you send a pic?
  6. Ooohh... Very nice unusual pieces! I really like the Santa sleigh. How about other people's favorites. Would love to see them!
  7. Size of a tree topper. We always used it as an angel for a nativity set. I think my grandmother got it at Ports of the World maybe in the 70s or early 80s. Her little light still works after all these years.
  8. Yes, I have both sides but the back isn't very interesting to look at so I don't put it out. Each half weighs about 65 pounds. It is a beast! Can you post a few pics of your favorites?
  9. Thought it might be fun to take a look at the most prized Christmas decorations of our fellow collectors. These are some of mine. Some are sentimental (one is from one Grandmother, another is from my other Grandmother) and some are just my favorites. How about yours?
  10. Yeah digging those candles by the fireplace, too. Nice work!
  11. I came across these general plastics catalog pages. I have never seen them before. Has anyone seen one of these in person or ever for sale? I'm wondering if any survived.
  12. Wow that is a crazy price by today's standard... Even the shipping was reasonable.
  13. Hi everyone, I'm hoping we get a revival on this site as maybe people who stepped away start coming back. I'm one of those who love the history side of blow molds (especially, but not limited to, municipals) and looking through old threads is where I learned so much! I truly appreciate everything that this community and those who contribute so much to it have shared in the past. Thank you many, many times over. Christian
  14. Good point about thieves. I'm going to display it inside with the molds.
  15. I purchased one mold (Poloron Noel Lamp) from them back in July. I plan on actually displaying the mold itself this year... nice marriage of two passions, industrial history and Christmas blow molds. I think it will be awesome to show the Noel Lamps (I have 3 in great condition) right next to the actual mold they were produced in years ago. The company was great to work with, accepted a substantially lower bid, and was willing to ship it to me. So, if you want to save one like I did... go for it! Let us know which one you get.
  16. Neat. Thanks. Did you ever get that Santa Conic to complete your conic set?
  17. Shane... what is that lantern on the right hand side of your picture? I'm not sure I've ever seen one of those.
  18. Saw there are a few heads only for sale on ebay. Here is the one I'd be most interested in!
  19. How heavy would one of these molds be? For example, how heavy do you think the owl mold pictured would be?
  20. Oh my. I'd love to get some of these. Anyone close to the location and willing to ship to PA?
  21. I don't know the history, but I sure do love the bells! Where did you get it?
  22. Looks like a 1960s General Plastics! Wonderful find. Tell us the story!
  23. Awesome display Shane. I like the mix of vintage (municipals, candle blow molds, etc.) with the characters. Loving that Pink Panther.
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