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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 nymark313

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    • Birthday 03/13/1977

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      As a kid growing up on Long Island and visiting all the houses with blow molds.
    • Location
      Delaware, Formerly Long Island
    • Biography
      Loving Blowmolds and Lionel Trains! About 400 in my collection now, and I no longer know how many Lionels i have!
    • Interests
      Lionel Trains, All types of Plastic Xmas decorations, love the carolers
    • Occupation
      Firefighter/Project Manager
    • About my display
      Over 400 Blowmolds, Empire, Union, Poloron, and others.

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    1. My Lowes has 8 of them, Dont like them too much though, Looking for the Minions instead.
    2. There is also a 42" Candle available at some Walmarts as well. I am sure they will all be online soon.
    3. Who is Holiday Time?? Can someone get the SKU numbers for the hanging bell and lantern for me?? Thanks!
    4. Well whoever bought the rest of the molds, hopefully next year we will see someone pick them up. It will be interesting to see what Gemmy does this year for the Lowers stores....I have the candles and soldiers from last year..
    5. Who is this Kelly person who had the other molds? Would love to know the fate of whatever else was bought, and what the plans are, Holidays only a few months away...looking forward to see the quality of CADO. Plan on getting a few cases of the soldiers.
    6. Does anyone know who might of obtained the 30" Choir Boy and Girl Molds??? I was hoping Cado got them, but doesnt seem like it.
    7. Would love to see the Union Red Christmas Doll Come Back.. I wonder if the scrapper has the choir boy/girl mold? I hope they survive!
    8. Mel, I was talking about the smaller boy and girl choir singers. I was told by Empire when I was placing an order back in the day when I ordered from the direct, that the 48" choir molds were some of the ones destroyed in the flood/hurricane that happened. This would of been sometime in 1999-2000 time frame
    9. I would be interested in to knowing who got the Choir Boy and GIrl Molds.
    10. Lets hope someone picks up the Holiday blow molds besides metal scrappers...
    11. What are you talking about?
    12. The business will be auctioning off all of their mold making machines. So lets see who picks them up. They wont be cheap!
    13. Do you have a model number for the cord and plug and what suppliers have them???
    14. Yeah, I saw that they do, but if you get them direct from GFP, they are 6.00 each. I need about 12.
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