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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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    In in my 30s
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  1. Hello, My Gemmy Homer (5 foot) stopped moving. Sounds like he wants to. Should I take him apart or just leave him? I am not even sure where to start. It was moving then making a loud sound around its left leg. Any help or pictures would be appreciated (I am non mechanical).
  2. I just purchased the life size 3 wisemen and Holy Family. Anyone know where to purchase the other stuff?
  3. darn..I think you were one of them!!! haha
  4. I am looking for a bunch of these, please PM me or email at [email protected] I know there were a few people here that used to sell new ones the last couple of years. I live in Maryland if that helps with a quote for shipping. Thank you!!
  5. Did you purchase insurance or delivery confirmation? How do you know if he actually did receive the blowmold and is trying to scam you? Fedex is soo much cheaper for shipping blowmolds, plus they include tracking and insurance up to $100.
  6. Just kidding. Good luck on your find
  7. For three years straight, I have tried to get runners for my sleigh...however for three years they have sent me parts to the reindeer. Mind you, I have gotten a refund and all the parts for a reindeer one could ask for....finally last year, I called, they once again checked my name and order and finally sent me the runners for the sleigh...wierd.
  8. I PMd this guy wanting to buy a bunch of stuff, got back to me then I hear nothing? I would watch out about buying. Has anyone actually purchased from him?
  9. I used 2X4s...sorta looks like a train track (also there is 2 sets...one for 5 reindeer and the other set has 4 deer and sleigh). THe end closer to the ground has a few more 2X4s to lift if off the sloping roof. If that even makes sense. If its nice out, i will get on the roof and take some pics in the next few days. Thank you everyone for the nice comments. Buddy....I need to buy some candy canes. I think I have emailed you a few time through ebay but have been too busy to buy anything.
  10. Here is my small blowmold display. I have them blinking to music.
  11. you guys are right, thanks. If I turn in on and just let itself warm up, that also works.
  12. Ok, I have done a search and cannot find answers.. First night the thing worked great, last night, songs or motion did not work, finally got it to work and the songs were really really fast...same with the synchronizing. Unplugged and plugged back in a few times and finally worked correctly. Is this because I have it attached to a timer? I am not even close to overloading on it. Anyway, Its the GE lights and sounds with 6 plug outlets.
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