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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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About Maroonz28

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Bad santa
  • Location
    Andover, MN
  • Biography
    Born in Chicago, lived in Arkansas and now in Minnesota. Started putting up lights when I was 7 years old.
  • Interests
    Flying, football, baseball, hockey.
  • Occupation
    Pilot and work in bar
  • About my display
    Collection of blow molds, wire sculptures, and 30k lights. Just bought a corner lot house for the reason of decorating for Christmas.

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  1. Saw this. Gonna hit up Menards this weekend and get one. Glad to see them still selling blow molds
  2. I remember Franks while growing up in Chicago. Used to get a lot of decorations from there
  3. Maroonz28

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    Even the empire plastic was better quality than general foam. Big difference if you put the 2 together and light it up. Really shows on the white in the snowman. Still didn’t deter me from buying their product but it could have been made with much better quality
  4. Maybe I’ll head down there soon with cash in hand and tell him I want to spend the money here but it’s not all or nothing. Only a little over an hour away so maybe I can pester him to separate.
  5. Totally agree. I’d pay 30, 40, or 50 dollars for certain blow molds but not taking all or nothing. Seems like he just wants someone to get it off his hands and take it all but for the right price. If you find out more, or they cave in and allow people to buy separate, let me know. I"ll take a ride down there and spend a bit of money.
  6. Did he say if he would separate or does it have to be the whole thing? I’d like to run down there on my day off and look at everything but no way I’d buy the whole lot. Especially for 15k.
  7. I emailed the person but they haven’t responded I"ll call them my next day off. Doubt they’re going anywhere for a while.
  8. Maroonz28

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    American Sales has the light chords.
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