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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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  1. Wow... 213 Christmas inflatables. Huge line-up of inflatables they are showing... Some old favorites and tons of new stuff. Its unfortunate that many of them will not make it to production Tim
  2. I was in lowes over the weekend and noticed Halloween on display too. Also my lowes likes to store tons of merchandise on top of the shelving. They have a lot of Christmas stuff already in stock, just not on display. Tim
  3. The site seems to be working and dont see much new there. Gemmy has had some flops in years past: Simplici-tree, and some others. I see this year the glitter trees will probably be a flop and their wire framed sculptures dont look very appealing. What are they thinking? Tim
  4. Good luck with the sale Jen. Some rare pieces you got there. Tim
  5. Nice start!! Cant wait to see Your site and Matt's site updated with 2010 display photos! Keep up the great work! Tim
  6. Congrats on your finds!! The Grinch is probably one of the best animations that Gemmy made. That one along with the Zoot Suit Skeleton. There were very few problems with them. Considering they are extremely rare to come buy now-days... $300 is a really good price. I still have one tacked away in my attic along with other animations and one of every inflatable made from 2001 - 2007. One day my collection may be worth bog money because of the few rare pieces I have. Do you guys remember the life size animated Labradors? Great find... enjoy them. Tim
  7. Be sure to check some of the coupon sites Ryan... From time to time Sears has coupons and associate sales etc which can save you as much as 30 - 40% off. Just do a google search. Back in the day when I ause to scout for inflatables to resell... i would always do google searches for: Walmart coupons, Sears Coupons, target Coupons, Kmart Coupons. It takes some homework and weeding through the B.S. But if you can find a few coupons it worth it. NOTE... when searching for coupons etc... some of the sites say ACTIVE COUPON by clicking here or what ever... DONT DO IT. Usually what happens is that there is no real discount.. but because you accessed the site through that guys link.. that guy now makes 15% of the sale... like an affiliate link. This is why there are 1000's of coupon sites online now. More then half are bogus. While I hate to admit this... I will be buying the handcar. I may also buy one of the snow globes to see if I can piece together some falling snow using one of my prototypes. Tim
  8. The only problem is if you get a stiffler of a associate. Sear are supposed to confiscate the returned merchandise and not resell it. Tim
  9. Hmmm wonder why they dont allow to link there anymore. Yes Im a member there. I will try to get them posted as attachments. I had problems adding files on my mac.
  10. ================ A N N O U N C E M E N T ================ Despite some of the rumors that may have been previously posted... Our stock has been sold and just picked up TODAY from a trucking company. And should be delivered tomorrow to Bob over at YardInflatables.com Stock was not sent previously to YardInflatables and no one has gotten any of our products from YardInflatables.com. However, Im sure Bob will begin to post his new bounty soon. Keep an eye on his website for some of the inflatable greetings skins and products. While I no longer sell inflatables... I do still use them in my own Christmas display as well as our fund-raising Halloween Walk Through Haunted Yard. In doing research and testing on inflatables to improve on their quality, I know a lot more about them then I'd like to admit. So I will remain a fixture in this forum to offer my opinion and suggestions like the rest of ya! The holidays are creeping up on us... Let's make this year a good one for all. Tim
  11. Some cute designs... the handcar is pretty cool. The new snowglobes dont look like they snow at all.. just some lights on a pre-printed background. Has anyone seen any of the new snowglobes to confirm? Tim
  12. Hey Congrats on the Hummer!! If you need any Toys for it let me know. Im working on a new website for auto toys. We have all sorts of stuff for hummers. Chrome Lights etc. Cant wait to see the pics!! What color did you get? Tim
  13. Here's a few pics of my new 2010 Doge Ram Laramie, with Hemi, Leather, Nave, Entertainment Center, All weather caper Bed Lining... Fiberglass Bed Cover, HID Lights, LED Directional, Dome and Map Lights. Cold Air Intake, and so much more. And here are some pics of my Caddy: The Ram is bigger inside then my 2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT. And the ride is just about the same if not better. But its nice to pull up to the Casino or a catering hall with the Caddy. BTW... the signage on the back window is printed perforated vinyl. Any message can be printed on the perforated vinyl, which is DOT legal in all states. Any message can be put on there... Including Christmas Display locations etc. We print them in house from your EPS or High Res. JPG file. Only $8 a square foot. So if you need one... let me know. Tim
  14. Thats a great Idea Darlene, I have a really awesome Halloween prop I would be willing to Donate for the prize if Matt is interested in doing it. Maybe your best Halloween Display Picture or something like that. I think being that this is part of the inflatable forum... it should have something to do with inflatables... although the prize would not be an inflatable if that is ok? Tim
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