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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    It’s A Wonderful Life
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    Pittsburgh
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    I’m a husband and father of three who loves everything about Christmas
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    Christmas Village, Football
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    Writer
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    I’m fairly new to the game but I love decorating my yard and Christmas village. My wife insists on handling everything else...

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  1. That's a great sign. I've been looking for one. I don't know if you're interested - but if you're in the market to sell it you can email me... [email protected]
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    C7 Bulb Colors...

    Hi. My Grandmother (RIP) had two old plastic candelabras. I managed to acquire the same ones recently. Now, she used to put the C7 bulbs in there that were blue. I'm not talking the frosted blue that you see these days that looks more like the sky on a bright sunny day. I mean these bulbs were a deep dark blue color. However, I've been to several stores and sites and I cannot find them. I find bulbs that, when not lit, look the shade of blue that I'm looking for. However, when I light them, they turn to be a sky blue color. I've tried bulbs that look painted and also those that are see-through. I've attached a couple of photos. I'm hoping someone can help me find the shade of blue that I'm searching for. Thanks!
  3. Hi. I found my answer to this. Thanks, though. I have yet to figure out how to delete my original post, though.
  4. Hi. I picked this sign up locally pretty cheap. I'm primarily trying to find out the age of it... and also how to replace the bulbs. The sticker on the back says Dynasty Classics Corporation. It looks like a simple set of mini lights. But, the note on the back says you need a special tool to remove the old ones. I tried one light for a little bit... but it was not coming out easily. So, 1. Year? 2. Tool to remove lights? 3. What bulbs to use? Thanks, in advance for any information you can provide.
  5. Thank you so much for the information. Yeah... they are very difficult to find. In my very brief experience I've had the most luck at garage sales where the people don't know what they have! I have yet to make a purchase, though. I'd love to find one around Pittsburgh.
  6. Merry Christmas, everyone! I'm starting to get into vintage/antique Christmas stuff... but I'm not sure what you'd identify these Santa Claus faces/heads as. These were both from local sales that got away from me. Do they have a generally accepted name when searching? I'm having difficulty even finding pictures of similar ones. They look like they were store displays or something... but I have no idea of a year, make, manufacturer, etc. Can anyone help me?
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    Howdy Doody w/ Santa

    Yep... the back shows 904. I want to do this thing justice and display it in a game room... eventually. I'm just curious about repairing the cracked corners and possibly remounting it with more lights to display a brighter overall image. Does anyone have any experience with this?
  8. Hi there. This is my first post. I’m a long-time reader of the site. I recently purchased this sign that has Howdy Doody and Santa Claus on it. I believe it’s considered a blow mold - though not a traditional yard decoration. Anyways, it lights with a small bulb in the back. However, the plastic is very brittle and has started cracking at the two bottom corners. I have two questions. First, has anyone repaired this, or something similar, with any kind of liquid plastic stuff? Secondly, has anyone ever remounted a sign like this so there’s better coverage (using maybe 4 bulbs instead of one)? Thanks, in advance!
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