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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.

    Eric B

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      The original :)
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      Omaha, NE
    • Biography
      I purchased my first blow mold at a garage sale 5 years ago. I didn't realize how great the blow mold world was until 2 years later when i found a huge sale of a local guy who used to put out 5000+ molds and was selling his collection. I went back 4 times and ended up with 100 molds that year. I've added 200+ more in the past few years and haven't parked in my garage in over 9 months :)
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      blow molds, music, voiceover, golf, volleyball.
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      i currently have over 300 molds (100 soldiers/nutcrackers). I love collecting the snowmen and the soldiers, and my wife loves the gingerbread ones.

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    1. I know this is a couple years old and tons of people dabble in 3d printing these days... just in case anyone is looking for Goofy ears, hands or other parts, we make incredibly exact replicas expertly modeled from the originals, based on items from my personal collection and now available to the general public. You can go to www.blowmoldstore.com (powered by Undreamt3d) for Goofy ears and a bunch of other expertly crafted parts. We only use the best, premium plastic for our products so you won't have to worry about warping or fading either. Also we did a special discount code for Plane
    2. I just got here so i say keep it going! Not sure how i missed this place for the past 5 years of actively escalating my decorating, although i'm glad to be here now and drinking from the firehose of knowledge that appears to be stored here! I also buy and sell blow molds as i build my collection and recently started a parts and accessories website for things i haven't found others making yet like exact replica candle flames and antlers. I, for one, am glad I found this website and forum and look forward to learning from (or "stealing from" as @slankard said above 😅) all the PCers who have
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