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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.
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Auntie Ev

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I was about 5, and that Christmas Eve, my aunt had a neighbour dress up as Santa, and walk around on her roof. I looked out the living room window, and he waved to me. Best moment ever.
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    The Great White North
  • Biography
    I'm employed in social work, about twenty years now. It's sometimes challenging, but mostly makes me grateful for the good and happy things in life.
  • Interests
    Christmas!
  • Occupation
    underpaid and overworked
  • About my display
    I collect vintage and antique Christmas items, everything from antique Santa candy containers, to glass ornaments, or MCM Christmas glasses. I use or display what I've collected each Christmas and it certainly makes everything super festive!

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  1. Hi Ted! Thanks very much for the warm welcome, and the reply. Thanks also for the tip re 3M...if I don't use it on this Santa, it is a tip that will be helpful on other projects I'm sure. I'm still waffling on whether or not to try to remove the overspray; I wouldn't be doing anything any time soon, as we won't have weather for painting until May or June anyway...it gives me time to think on it - and maybe get over the idea Incidentally, I have a friend who is an artist with plenty of experience in all kinds of mediums - she won't even consider touching it. Her advice is also to accept it as is, rather than risk doing damage to it. My understanding is that NOMA made a number of these light ups in the 50s. They are unique in that they are "reverse painted" - painted on the inside of a clear plastic mold. This gives it nice colouring and if kept inside, they tend to be in pretty good condition for their age, even now. There are still a few around; I recently saw another one at auction. I do think it's a repaint, because the colours are so bold, and his cheeks and nose are much more red than the others I have seen. However, whoever did it obviously tried to stay as close to the original colour scheme as possible. But - I could be wrong on that, and if I am, I shouldn't touch it at all, to preserve its original character. I also have another stumbling block in that I don't know what kind of paint they used and I understand that very often, different kinds of paint can't be mixed without an adverse reaction. Sigh...as you say, the biggest problem here may be my somewhat type A personality - he's so close to perfect, I can't shake the feeling that it would be nice to see him in "mint" condition. However - I have no doubt that even as is he will bring a lot of cheer to my vintage Christmas display. It's all about the colour and sparkle, and he has that in spades. Thank you again for the nice welcome and the chat. I appreciate your feedback! Auntie Ev
  2. Hi Folks! I'm new here, and hoping that someone will have a few good ideas. I recently purchased a NOMA illuminated reverse-painted Santa, 31' tall, made in the 1950s. I'm assuming it was repainted at some point. Whoever did it had a good sense for his colours and the Santa looks like he has been well-cared for in all other ways. But there is some red overspray that shows through the areas of his white trim. I find it a bit distracting. I was wondering if I could touch up the areas of white, cover up the red, so it doesn't show through. But I have no idea what kind of paint was used. I have read that certain kinds of paint can't be mixed, like oil and acrylic, and I'm nervous that if I mess it up, I won't be able to fix him, & I'll be in a worse position than before. I'm wondering if anyone has encountered a similar issue before & how they fixed it, if they did. I'm assuming that Rustoleum paint for plastic would be safe, as long as it is applied thinly, sparingly, and given plenty of time to cure. But - I have also read that it can wrinkle, bubble, and I would hate to wreck him. I've included two photos, one of Santa unlit and one lit. You can see the 'red line' on the trim of his coat. Thoughts and feedback welcome. Thanks!
  3. Hi Folks! I'm new here, and hoping that someone will have a few good ideas. I recently purchased a NOMA illuminated reverse-painted Santa, 31' tall, made in the 1950s. I'm assuming it was repainted at some point. Whoever did it had a good sense for his colours and the Santa looks like he has been well-cared for in all other ways. But there is some red overspray that shows through the areas of his white trim. I find it a bit distracting. I was wondering if I could touch up the areas of white, cover up the red, so it doesn't show through. But I have no idea what kind of paint was used. I have read that certain kinds of paint can't be mixed, like oil and acrylic, and I'm nervous that if I mess it up, I won't be able to fix him, & I'll be in a worse position than before. I'm wondering if anyone has encountered a similar issue before & how they fixed it, if they did. I'm assuming that Rustoleum would be safe, as long as it is applied thinly, sparingly, and given plenty of time to cure. But - I have also read that it can wrinkle, bubble, and I would hate to wreck him. I've included two photos, one of Santa unlit and one lit. You can see the 'red line' on the trim of his coat. Thoughts and feedback welcome. Thanks!
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