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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.

Joe Tyria

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  1. This is the Bronner's Exclusive Lifesize Nativity. All made of Fiberglass.
  2. This classified ad is COMPLETED!

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    $800 REDUCED PRICE!!! - PICKUP ONLY - Kalamazoo, MI (49048)Fiberglass reproduction of the Artistic Latex Form near life size Nativity. Figures molded to look as if carved from wood. Included are the Holy Family, 3 Magi, Camel, Shepherd, Lamb and Ram. Also features a hand-made wooden manger for the Baby Jesus to be bolted into for security purposes.Figures are in need of some TLC (paint and fiberglass work), but could work for this Christmas Season if you're unable to refurbish them in time for this year.CASH ONLY. ITEM SOLD AS IS. SERIOUS OFFERS ONLY, PLEASE. Thank you! ?

    $800.00

    Kalamazoo, Michigan - US

  3. Bama, Bronner's does still make their Exclusive Lifesize Nativity. Only the figures are from the 1960's redesign, which are what most of mine are. I do have a few of their vintage figures from molds that were destroyed in a fire in the late 1950's. Craigslist is a wonderful thing. Below is a link to their website. It is VERY expensive if you get it from them, but you can always buy in sets, or be lucky and find things on Craigslist as I did. Bronner's Exclusive Lifesize Nativity - Natural Finish
  4. Dusk/Nighttime pics of the 2017 Beverly A. Tyria Memorial Nativity Scene in Kalamazoo, MI. GoFundMe: Beverly A. Tyria Memorial Nativity Facebook: Beverly A. Tyria Memorial Nativity Scene.
  5. It's been a good long while since I posted here. Since I was last here, I have gotten out of the blowmold game and into commercial size decorations, particularly the Bronner's Exclusive Lifesize Nativity Scene. Here are pictures of my 2016 display. I had to have the 3 Magi and the Baby Jesus refurbished this year, so they'll look a little different for 2017. Here is a link to the Facebook page dedicated to my display: https://www.facebook.com/BeverlyATyriaMemorialNativityScene/
  6. Might be a long shot, but if anyone ever sees one of these for sale, or has one they'd like to sell, please shoot me a PM. It is a Beco Virgin Mary statue, 35 inches. Please follow the link below to see the image (can't get the pic to upload for some reason). Pic snagged from the Blowmolds R Us website: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10201150182022508&set=a.1598103238331.2087397.1408501347&type=1&theater
  7. - Great news, everyone! Tune into WKZO (AM 590 - FM 96.5) @ 3pm THIS THURSDAY (11/8/2012) if you want to hear my rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner," recorded exclusively for their show "The Trifecta." They will open that show with it. For those of you not in Kalamazoo, Michigan or the surrounding area, you can listen online! Just go to www.wkzo.com and click the "LISTEN LIVE" tab. Remember, this is @ 3pm EST. Those in other states, please adjust the time accordingly. Hope y'all will listen! WhooHoo!
  8. Wow, that's really great! I have that witch, and I agree, very dark. I've been seriously thinking about repainting the vast majority of my Halloween blowmolds next year, and you've inspired me to do my own take on it - you know, witch with green hair. Really great work!
  9. I use sandbags in most of my blowmolds, particularly the Nativity ones, and I even leave them in while being stored. They keep the molds weighed down, and no potential thief will try to take something that heavy.
  10. Carrie, Sad to see you go, but glad that things in your personal life are going well. Pax vobiscum, dear friend!
  11. Welcome to PlanetChristmas! The pics were beyond awesome!
  12. Follow the link below to learn everything you ever wanted to know about Saint Nicholas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas
  13. Saint Nicholas is a Christian Saint. I see no reason not to include him among the display, even if the only image available at Christmastime is the secular elf version.
  14. Joe Tyria

    Happy New Year

    Happy 2011 to all! May your blowmolds NEVER fade in the winter sun!
  15. Now, I have seen them actually put the Baby Jesus in the manger, and then put a shroud over him until Christmas Eve (Midnight Mass).
  16. Here's a Wikipedia link about the Immaculate Conception: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immaculate_Conception
  17. These are the mini blowmold Nativity sets I have. PIC # 1: Empire Mini Nativity (1980's color scheme) PIC # 2: Poloron Mini Nativity w/unknown garden Elephant PIC # 3: Empire Mini Nativity (1994 color scheme)
  18. This is a Empire Deluxe Size Nativity that I put in my Mom's yard for Christmas 2010. This is also a custom repaint.
  19. That is an Empire marble look (all white - unpainted) Deluxe size Nativity - save for the Baby Jesus, as that one is painted, but from the same sized set. Could also be current GenFoam. Now, onto the pics of my Nativity sets of the blowmold variety. This first set oif pics is of my Beco/GenFoam (Holy Family, Kneeling Shepherd & Sheep, Three Wisemen), Poloron (Standing Shepherd, Ox & Donkey), TPI (Angels), new GenFoam (Camel), and Union (Star) Nativity. This is a custom repaint. Enjoy!
  20. The season of Advent prepares us for the coming of the Lord. The idea behind the empty manger is to anticipate this coming. The 12 days of Christmas starts on December 25, ending on Epiphany. That's the thinking behind the tradition.
  21. It's a Catholic tradition to place an empty cradle (manger) somewhere in your home on the night of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and keep it empty until after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. On that night, the Holy Infant is placed in the cradle. The pics below show the empty cradle under our Christmas Tree, and the process of placing the Babe In The Manger.
  22. Here's closeups of the plaster Nativity that I painted for this year (2010). Enjoy!
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