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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 bmichael

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  • Birthday 12/27/1971

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas Vacation
  • Location
    Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Biography
    Decorating with blowmolds since 1997.
  • Interests
    Blowmolds, Music, and Family
  • Occupation
    Sales Development
  • About my display
    Mostly blowmolds...

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  1. Home Depot Canada, but what about US? I did not see them in 2 stores I checked in PA.
  2. Looks great! Excellent job.
  3. If you can’t find anything, those candle holders aren’t too bad of an idea!
  4. Looked like a horror movie prop in the before photo. I would have never known it was a Hamberger piece, at least as a rookie. Restore looks great.
  5. If only spring would get here! Weather has been tough in the NE since Christmas! Those look neat.
  6. Very nice! I miss Franks Nurseries. Had them here in PA and they always sold a nice selection of molds during the holidays. Thanks for sharing.
  7. Hello....is there anybody out there? Seems everyone is comfortably numb with no activity in the Hamberger Displays thread! There's got to be something going on. Any new finds, repairs, items for sale, news, or something? If anyone is out there, i am looking for the gnome holding the yarn for the Mrs. Claus knitting in the rocking chair if anyone has one for sale. Please let me know. Thanks!
  8. bmichael

    GFP Closing

    I think many of the lots can be identified at some level based on the descriptions and using the knowledge of people here. Man, I hope someone buys these and if they don’t decide to make them now, then maybe at a later date.
  9. Hi Mel, Yes, due to some health issues with my wife, we elected to move back in 2015. Actually did the big dislplay this year. Shame on me for not posting pictures. Ironically since moving back, I am seeing it more difficult and costly to find blow molds at yard sales and such like I used to pre 2006. The profit makes have caught on. Thanks for asking.
  10. For as many that are in bad shape, I see many that look good...and harder to find! And imagine how many you don’t see in the pics and just what could be in those boxes. I gotta think if someone went to his house and talked to him he would sell some in pieces. I would try if inkiv d near there!
  11. Those are cool. Looks like these mechanicals were made for just about any holiday or season!
  12. Darrid, Not sure if this could be another thread for you to start or continue it here, but do you think you could discuss the motor/mechanics used in these pieces and how to repair them, where to get parts or how to make new parts, how to adjust for different movements/motions, show pictures of how they work, etc?
  13. How do you find this stuff? Although I am a blowmold collector, I love mechanicals. I just never got into collecting them due to not be able to find them and the cost for new. Trust me, I previously lived in the northeast area of the country where it seems easier to find blowmolds and mechanicals and I went to a ton of yard sales, flea market, antique stores, antique shows, and plenty of big Christmas specialty stores all around the PA, NJ, DE, MD area for many years and simply was lucky if I've ever seen 1 or 2 mechanicals. I'm jealous!
  14. Thanks for that advice. I hadn't even thought about the weight issue. I am use christmaslightshow.com's setup with a crank, but I can still see weight being an issue. I was curious about having enough lights (would be using Minleon C9's, which are pretty bright).
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