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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.
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  • 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.
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  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
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  • 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.
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  1. Hi everyone, I have the Empire ( I think it's Empire anyway) caroler set with lamp post that I purchased from JC Penny's about 12 years ago. They're still in great shape, but I am missing some buttons from the man's coat. They are round, black, and plastic. Does anyone have an old one of these laying around who no longer need the buttons? I would love to replace mine that are missing (I am missing 8 of them). Below is a pic I snagged from the internet that shows which set I'm talking about. I really appreciate it! Thanks! Jon
  2. Thanks Shawn... didn't you post those plans on here? I think I saw them. That is a nice stable.
  3. I'm finally getting around to posting my finished life-sized poloron nativity. After a couple of years of searching, I'm pretty much finished. The only thing I dont have are two poloron sheep and a poloron camel (but I'm ok about that). As you can see, I do have two empire sheep. The holy family, ox, and donkey were originally my grandmother's and have been a part of my every Christmas. I added the shepherd in 2006, and after a shipment of very faulty wisemen, I finally found me a useable set this summer. Thanks to all of you on here who helped to make my set complete! I hope you enjoy perusing the pics!
  4. I know how you feel! I remember when I was looking for him. If I see one, I will be sure to let you know! Jon
  5. Hi everyone. I'm seriously thinking about repainting some of my blowmolds. I'm gonna use an airbrush and the transparent paints mentioned on here. Does anyone know which colors best respond to the original colors on the giant sized poloron nativity? And how do I make sure that my repainting wont make the figures too dark? Thanks! Jon
  6. Yea, I figured the limited locations would be the one negative.
  7. Hey guys, I was just talking to the lady who was selling those 96 blowmolds on ebay, and she mentioned that Greyhound ships large packages pretty cheaply! I didn't even know you could ship packages through Greyhound! Well, I went and played on their website a bit, and their prices are pretty low. I put in the info for a set of wisemen I had delivered to me last year (that ended up being completely useless ) and it was only 60 bucks to send all three through Greyhound. Some of you might already be aware of the good prices, but I just thought I'd let you know. http://www.shipgreyhound.com/ Has anyone shipped with Greyhound before? How was the experience? Thanks! Jon
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    Hey Everyone, I'm in Lexington KY, but from East Ky. I mostly look for blowmolds, the large poloron nativity type. Does anyone have the wisemen from the set? Just checking lol Great to meet you guys, Jon
  9. Thanks Devon, I'm doing that right now Jon
  10. Hi Fellow Fans, I am still looking for the life-sized poloron nativity wisemen. You all were so helpful in finding me a shepherd, and so I'm hoping someone out there might have a set they're willing to sell, or know where one may be. I have had the holy family and animals my entire life. It was my grandmother's and was handed down to me. I have added the shepherd, and a complete set would be great! Thanks Jon ps- thought I'd attach some pics to let you see my set so far!
  11. They're really not all that heavy, 40lbs for all three. As I said earlier, I actually bought the three wisemen you see in that picture, but they were in much worse condition than expected. Pretty much, they fell appart during shipping. I bought the shepherd for this set from another ebayer last year, and he is in great shape and shipped very well. The original Mary, Joseph and Jesus that has been in my family for over 30 years now is still in great shape too. I have no idea why these wisemen though were so brittle. Shame really. I looked at the website; that store is amazing! I ordered a catalog lol thanks again, Jon
  12. that would be great! thanks! its the life-sized set of poloron wisemen that were sold in sear's catalog back in the 60's and 70's. I have attached a picture, although not of the highest quality, of one I saw on sale on ebay. Thanks Jon
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