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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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Everything posted by razlfratz

  1. I have one. The fiber optics was trash so I removed that and put a regular bulb socket in it.
  2. razlfratz

    Lowes 2018

    If you are looking to purchase the soldier be sure to check the paint job carefully. The two that I bought last year were horrible. They painted the body all red and then painted the white and yellow over the red. When illuminated they were all pink. Apparently I wasn't the only person that got them that way. I have the Mickey, Minnie, candle, candy cane , Santa and snowman. Paint on those pieces is really nice.
  3. That is so funny. I have to agree with your daughter. If you are going to do something --do it right. LOL "You started the mess" Precious.
  4. yes--that is the 36"one. Both molds have Grand Venture stamped on the bottom.
  5. I saw these two at Roses Department Store in Macon, Ga. yesterday. $25.00 each. Did not see any candles. Sticker had: Plastic Power, Inc 100 Detroit Ave. Washington, Pa. Same address Prime Plastics uses.
  6. yea--I might just drive over there tomorrow or Tuesday. Not like it is a long way from my house.
  7. I ordered the Santa and Angel from online from Kmart yesterday. However they did not have the Snowman. None of the new ones are in the stores down here n Tampa.
  8. Bauhaus Gold by Krylon Paints matches the body color perfectly.
  9. Thank you to everyone. I have been checking Ebay every night to see if one turns up.
  10. LOL--coupe. Didn't even notice that. Spell checker must be broke. I would fix it but I don't know how. Thanks you both.
  11. Got these two this week. And cheap. Goofy is missing an ear. If anyone knows where I could get one, please let me know. Mr. & Mrs. is a little rough. Thanks
  12. I used tomato cages to make the stands for my Grand Venture set. Works very well and can be anchored to the ground nicely. I really don't know what the mounts look like for the other makers, but I would think they could be used with the tomato cages. Another thing--these stack nicely inside each other for storage.
  13. razlfratz

    Meet Sam...

    Another of your awesome repaints, Tom. How you come up with so many unique ideas is beyond me.
  14. I agree. They certainly don't carry them down here in Florida. Just the same pieces every year. Snoopy was the first different one I have seen sold here in years.
  15. Thank you for the link. I have the CD on the way. Mel, thanks you for sharing your catalogs with us.
  16. Could you post the link for the CD please. I would like to have one. Thanks
  17. You are welcome Pepper. I think I will hide the pics of my deer. lol Yours came out so nice with the tree. Wish I had room for a tree like that in my little yard.
  18. The one that SteveMaris linked to can support up to 70 lbs. This one with the more solid base will support up to 150 lbs. http://www.ebay.com/itm/EZ-ROTATING-CHRISTMAS-TREE-STAND-REVOLVING-150-LBS-WORKS-BOX-/110794367661?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19cbdbe2ad#ht_500wt_1046
  19. I have been searching for the answer to this situation for a while now. That being--is there a way to test just the individual mini light bulbs to tell what wattage they are. These bulbs would be out of the strings--but no idea waht wattage each one is rated. So far I have not found a way to do it.
  20. Try this link. May be a better view of the Santa.
  21. Thanks anyway Mel. If the blow mold guru doesn't know then probably no one does.
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