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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
      Setting up blow molds with my Dad as a kid!!
    • Location
      Austin, Tx
    • Biography
      Dad of 3 with a display getting bigger and bigger every year
    • Interests
      Driving my kids around and playing hockey/golf
    • Occupation
      Work in High Tech
    • About my display
      I have around 40 blow molds and probably around 5000 lights. Looking to continue to grow my blow mold collection.

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    1. I have a few sets I am fighting to get working. I have so many new boxes. I don’t know why I don’t just give up on them!!
    2. Display looks awesome! I barely have the room to store my Christmas display hence my Halloween display is limited. I did get some singing pumpkins setup this year. People get a kick out of them.
    3. I’m still hoping to find the tree
    4. I’ve got the garage cleaned up ready to start getting stuff out. I plan to get the lights for my bushes out of their bins and tested tomorrow and ready to go. Nothing goes up until 11/1 though.
    5. Awesome gifts!! Very cool!!! Happy Birthday!
    6. Me either... saw on one Mercari list for $125
    7. I found it online - none near me at the moment. Hopefully they just haven't gotten here yet. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Holiday-Time-Blowmold-Cmas-Tree-C9bulb/932318429
    8. Wow. Those trees are awesome!
    9. Yeah the green ones. I like them but am waiting for the elusive Craigslist deal that comes around once a year where I can get more for my money....
    10. The soldiers were calling my name as well but I didn’t buy them. I was actually looking for the dog. I’m having a harder time here in Texas finding uses blow molds so I may have to get used to paying retail price for them vs what I’ve paid in the past off of Craigslist, etc
    11. Picked up a gnome today! Couldn’t help myself.
    12. Looks great! I only have one Halloween blow mold 😂
    13. I really need to avoid Walmart for awhile.... those blow molds look good
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