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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.

Jay Modlin

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  1. Just sent you a pm. Let me know on the wreath. Thanx, Jay
  2. Yes, sorry Ray, I sold them to a couple in California on eBay. Jay
  3. I went ahead and listed them on eBay since there is no listing fee at the moment. Take a look if you are interested: http://cgi.ebay.com/6-Poloron-blowmold-reindeer-boxes-1972-/300498377801?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45f7195c49 Shawn, if they do not sell on eBay, they are yours for your offer. Thanks, Jay
  4. I bought these as part of a huge collection. I only buy to display and I already have enough reindeer, so I thought I would see if anyone here was interested before I posted them on Craigslist. There are six reindeer, each with the original box (shipped from Sears in 1972). All have antlers. None have the wire stand. Three have the bell reins. [ATTACH=CONFIG]40083[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]40081[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]40082[/ATTACH] Shipping would be outrageous, so they would need to be picked up in KC. Send me a PM with your offer if interested. Thanks, Jay
  5. Actually, I already have a sleigh and reindeer. I think Gary needs 6 more poloron reindeer with original boxes ;-).
  6. Yes, there are 6 poloron deer, each with their original box dated 1972. 3 have their reigns and bells, 3 do not. None of them have their stand.
  7. Then I cruzed on up to Omaha to pick up these Halloween molds on Friday: [ATTACH=CONFIG]38592[/ATTACH] And these Christmas molds on Saturday: [ATTACH=CONFIG]38590[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]38591[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]38593[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]38594[/ATTACH] Are those reindeer and boxes rare or are they ordinary? The shipping label says 1972. I was going to give them and the Santa sleigh to my neighbor since I already have one, but not if they are rare. Thanks for looking.
  8. So, I did really well last week using Craigslist. First, on Thursday I got these Christmas items on KC Craigslist (really needed another drummer boy):
  9. Stopped in at the Menards in St. Joe - thanks for leaving me 2 ghosts Shawn!!!!!! Just what my display needed!
  10. Thanks everyone. Actually, I joined this forum years and years ago, I just usually lurk and don't post. I will try to be more active.
  11. Very nice. You have set the bar high for future years though :-).
  12. I finally was able to find some used blow molds this month. My wife limits my purchases, so I have to go the used route as much as possible. I did sneak in a Frankie from Menards, but other than that, here is what I got. Pumpkins were $15 on CL (needed that stack to offset the skull stack I already have) Santa was $8 at a garage sale (my 7 yo daughter saw it as we drove by, I was so proud of her!) Wisemen were $25 on CL (just need a baby jesus and animals now) Snowman and nutcrackers were $10 on CL (just need to figure out how to pull their noses back out) [ATTACH=CONFIG]37640[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]37642[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]37641[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]37639[/ATTACH]
  13. Shawn, Where did you find the scarecrow? I have been looking for him forever. Where were the blowmolds you passed up? I guess I am not looking in the right places around here. Jay
  14. Yeah, I love that Menards. I live about 30 miles south of it. I did not have either blow mold, so I was glad to get them. I finally got my Santa train this Spring, so I can't wait to get my display up (is it the day after T-Day yet). If you ever want to get rid of any of your duplicates (which I am sure you have many), just let me know. My wife has me on a blow mold budget, but she doesn't always have to know (wink, wink). Happy blowmolding!!!
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