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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. Yes, but not that exact one. The person who owns that one wouldn't sell it to me, but contacted me a year later when she saw one listed on Mercari! So thoughtful... it is my grail piece. Just wish the condition was better, but am grateful just to have one at all.
    2. Old Noel lantern municipal. It is double sided so the right face of the front side and the left side of the back piece were pretty messed up. Old, brittle plastic from the 60s.
    3. Thanks guys. I will keep thinking about it. I ended up using some plastic milk carton to replace missing pieces for now. I couldn't bring myself to sacrifice one yet! Good ideas on the tools compared to the thickness and loss potential. Thanks for the tips.
    4. Yes that was the link I was thinking of, too. At least I know I'm not crazy searching for that one. I think the hard rubber was an earlier version and plastisol came in the late 1950s. Check on some of those old threads with Mel and others. He has lots of pics showing the different materials and history. I think Carrie Sansing also did some mold craft/heller restorations so search for her in the threads, too.
    5. Dang, of course I can't find that blog either. There is another example at https://ellefagan.com/winter-holiday-blog/2015/12/8/restoration-of-antique-nativity-figures Remember the Mold-Craft and Heller figures weren't made with regular blow mold plastic. They were made with hard rubber (the earlier ones) or plastisol. I'm thinking you'll be more likely to use epoxy and filler to repair this, but I'm no expert. I have a couple of the Heller Choir Boys and I can tell you they are thick plastisol and brittle. I don't think I would take heat near them. Consider searching through old disc
    6. I patched a hole in one using multiple, thin layers of epoxy and then painting it. The hole was small, about the size of a quarter. Came out perfectly! I never had one with all the cracks in it though. I saw one blog on repairing a heller mold craft when googling it a couple years ago. It didn't look great to me though. I think that blog is still up.
    7. Agreed with above. Sad to see the decreased traffic, but it is what it is. I've learned so much from the old posts and the wonderful people on here. Thank you for that. Archiving would be helpful if you decide to end it... I am not on Facebook either.
    8. I bought it because I always loved the original lamp and didn't want to see the history scrapped. I figured I would hold it and see what the future might bring. I also enjoy industrial history so I wanted to display it. I didn't have the opp for the post and yes it is the same piece for the animated santa.
    9. There are also 12 that have been up on ebay for some time from a scrapper. I purchased one, the Noel Poloron Lamp as seen below, from them in July 2019. They accepted a lower offer and did arrange liftgate shipping to me.
    10. Great idea. I don't know of other companies but I'm in for your crowdsource idea.
    11. Very cool. I'm buying an extra lot behind me that fronts a different road... Might have to double up the display. Great idea!
    12. I have two of the same old blow molds. Both need major repair. On one, its left side has a large piece missing. On the other, a large side of the right is missing. I am thinking about sacrificing one to make the other nicer. It would involve cutting about a 10 inch piece off the one and then soldering it onto the other. I know about the soldering... has anyone ever cut a blow mold like this? What tool do you recommend? Thanks.
    13. Oh my. They are seriously awesome. Look to be on great shape. Do you put them out? What is the backstory on them?
    14. 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.
    15. I came across this Union angel. Custom painted?
    16. I saw that too. I thought about bidding when it was in the 200s.
    17. 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?
    18. Ooohh... Very nice unusual pieces! I really like the Santa sleigh. How about other people's favorites. Would love to see them!
    19. 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.
    20. 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?
    21. 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?
    22. Yeah digging those candles by the fireplace, too. Nice work!
    23. 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.
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