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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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  1. Kmart.com is offering 40% off Christmas decor with another 10% off for Cyber Monday which brings the Snoopy moldmold down from $59.99 to $32.39. If you use the code OFFERS10 at checkout you get another 10% off which brings the total down to $29.15! I ordered and even though my total didn't come up to $49 to qualify for free shipping it still gave me free shipping, so my total after tax was only $30.90! It also says because I ordered before 4pm it qualified for 2-day shipping, but lists the estimated delivery date as tomorrow! There was also an option for $3.99 1-day shipping. Even if it doesn't arrive tomorrow, I'm still more than happy to have gotten Snoopy 50% off! http://www.kmart.com/peanuts-30in-lighted-christmas-snoopy-with-tree-blow/p-009W003514074000P?prdNo=4&blockNo=4&blockType=G4
  2. I was out and about today with my dad and he decided to stop at one of the local Goodwill stores, and boy am I glad he did! I was looking around at the Christmas stuff when out of the corner of my eye I saw a Tigger blowmold! My heart about stopped, especially when I swooped him up and saw the price......$1.50! He was originally marked $3, but all the holiday stuff was 50% off. I would have gladly paid $3! Uploaded with ImageShack.us He's in great condition! A few paint scratched around his nose and on the black stripes on the back of his tail, but for $1.50 who could complain?!? lol Otherwise he looks like he's never even been displayed outside.
  3. Yes, in fact all all of the pieces have been discontinued. Several years ago (2005 or 2006) Precious Moments ended their license agreement with Enesco and went out on their own, and all of the pieces to the "classic Nativity" (as it's know to collectors) were discontinued. They redesigned the set and have been releasing new pieces each year, like they did with the original. There are several pieces not in either picture that go with set including a large 2 piece stone wall, several palm trees and 3 smaller, non-lighted buildings, as well as a couple different angels. The regular sized set has dozens and dozens of pieces. They released several a year, starting with the Holy Family in 1979, until they discontinued the set in the mid-2000s. The picture shows the different Josephs. The first is the regular sized Joseph, followed by the new re-designed Joseph, then the mini Joseph, the lead crystal Joseph and last, the mini painted pewter Joseph. The details on the pewter set are amazing, especially for being about as tall as 2 quarters.
  4. These are pictures of my Precious Moments mini Nativity display this year (2nd pic) and last year (1st pic). I moved into an apartment a couple months ago and had to downsize the display this year so a couple of the bigger pieces, like the lighted inn, didn't get put out. I also have many of the pieces to the regular sized Nativity as well as the complete Precious Moments lead crystal and mini painted pewter Nativity sets. I've been collecting them for many years. I started with the mini painted pewter set after my great-grandma passed away. For several years we would go to the Dutch Village in Holland, MI and get her a new piece to the set, until she had the complete set. Unfortunetly the set was lost when my great-grandparents house was cleaned out several years later.
  5. That's really cool that they gave you those for you display, I always say it never hurts to ask, especially on things like that, since they usually just get tossed out. Even cooler though, are the pictures of your Coke display! I have always loved Christmas Villages, especially licensed themed villages.
  6. Awesome Scrooge collection, Scrooge! It's cool to see all the different interpretations of the character. I really like the Mr. Burns Scrooge and the Disney Scrooge duck, what is he made of? Do you display all of your Scrooge items all year long, or just at Christmas? Also do you display them all together on a bookshelf or in a curio, or do you display them all over your house? Here is a picture of this year's Precious Moments mini Nativity display. I moved into an apartment at the end of the summer, so I had to cut way back on the Christmas decorations. This was the only Precious Moments Nativity I displayed this year. It's missing a couple of the bigger pieces (lighted Inn and a 2 section wall & palm trees not shown in either picture). I also used a smaller creche, that I usually use with the painted pewter set. I did add the quilted backdrop (also Precious Moments, it goes to a PM plush Nativity set) and the Fontanini light-up star. I also did the University of Michigan themed tree, but couldn't get any good pictures of it. I was also lucky to pick up the 6' foot blue tinsel tree I had wanted from Menards during their Christmas sale the weekend before Christmas. When I take down the tree I'm going to put the ornaments on the blue tree and leave it up for a while in my Michigan themed room.
  7. I collect University of Michigan themed ornaments. I've been a lifelong Michigan fan and last year after seeing so many collegiate ornaments in the stores, I decided to do an exclusively themed Michigan tree. This year will be the second year of doing a Michigan themed tree and I have found so many cool ornaments. This year I will have about twice as many ornaments as I did last year, I waited until after Christmas and bought 1 of each I came across 1/2 off. Last night I even won a Michigan tree skirt off eBay, I'm going all out this year! lol They have a 6' blue tinsel tree @ Menards I would really like to use, but I have already spent too much money on decoration though this year. Another big Christmas collection of mine is Precious Moments nativity sets and nativity themed items (candle holders, ornaments, music boxes, plates, etc). I have the complete Precious Moments nativity is lead crystal, miniature painted pewter and dozens of the pieces to the porcelain sets, both the regular size and mini size. This is last year's mini sized set on display. I would love to see pictures of your Scrooge collection. I think it's more fun to collect memorabilia related to a certain character, team, book or animal because you get such a variety of items, which you don't really find when you collect a certain brand (like Precious Moments for example).
  8. I also do blue icicles across thefront of the house(9 150count strands) and afterI got them all up this year I noticed the first 2-3 strands were very white/pale green, but those sets have been around for probaly the past 4-5 yrs. The rest were all boughten at the same time, from the same store and the same brand and they were two different lookingblues, so I guess once they were all hung up, they kinda of blended! lol The sharpie idea sounds good to me...might have to try that for next year! Could be a summer project. :smile: :tree:Nick
  9. Rite-Aid was 75% off today and they still had everything they had the day after Christmas! A couple wire frame churches, sleighs, deer, polar bears, santa and trees. They also had 2 8' ft Spongebobs and some 4' santa and snowman inflatables and some spiral trees. Picked up the baby deer to go with the buck and doe I got from Target. Hoping to go back and get the sleigh, it was only $7.50 and would go great with the deer and blowmold Santa I bought this year. They also had a cool ropelight santa in a sleigh with two reindeer. From the picture on the box it looked like the reindeer had motors and stands so they moved to look like they were flying. Thought it was pretty cool and would have only been $15. Meijer didnt have anything left but some bows, tree stands and a couple boxes and clear icicles. :tree:Nick
  10. Went back out to Wal-Mart and Target, Wal-Mart didnt have much left, just tons of 100 mini greens, different types/colors of icicles & some C-9's & 7's. Picked up 2 24" pre-lit wreaths for $2.49 each, and a couple boxes of C-9's & C-7's and some things like light clips (100 box for 99 cents) and some replacement bulbs. Target didn't have much either but everyone was 75% off also.Got theholographic train for only $11.49, they had a couple of those along with a handfullof grapevine & topiarydeer and archways. :tree:Nick
  11. This is my first post, but thought sharing my finds would be a good start. Got 3 animated reindeer at Target and a 40" blowmold Santa at Wal-Mart. These two stores had tons of lights and decorations left, just about every color and style of lights (blue, gold, clear, multi, red, green& purple). Wal-Mart had tons of blowmolds, at least 12 of those Santas, a couple candles and angles and a a couple full nativities. Meijers also had alot of lights and inflatables (14+ 8' Tigger Skiers, 8+ 4' Tigger Snowman and some Spongebobs). Hopefully I can go shopping for whats left this weekend. :tree:Nick
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