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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.

Jason Jones

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About Jason Jones

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  • Birthday 10/01/1976

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    Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA
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    Airblown Inflatables
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  1. Glad to see all of you are going to make it. We are going to have a good time! Also I have more news to share, I just got word today that I will have another 3 Inflatables to give out. They were donated to the class, not for sure what they are yet, I figure they are probably mass produced Inflatables but we will see. So now 6 people will leave the class with Inflatables. This is going to be ALOT of fun. Unforunately, due to work and previous engagements, I will not be arriving til Thurs. afternoon. I look forward to seeing everyone then!
  2. I want to make sure and invite all PC members attending PLUS to sign up for the PLUSInflatable Class. It is scheduled for Friday morning at 8:00 am. Youmay own several Inflatables, or just1 Inflatable, oreven if you do not own any Inflatables at all, you are welcome to attend! I will be teaching the class and I have several things planned to talk about including the Basics of Decorating with Inflatables,Inflatable Special Effects, Customizing your Inflatables, and alot more. Now here is the BIG news,during the classI will be giving away not 1, not 2, but 3 different RARE PROTOTYPES. These Inflatables are not sold in stores. Show up for the class because3 lucky people will walk out with new treasures. See you there!
  3. Ken & Maggie, thanks for the help but I think I got it all taken care of now. I appreciate both you offering to help & if there is anything I can do for you always feel free to email me!
  4. From Canadian Tire, I am wanting all these Airblowns..... the fort, the Carousel, the Rotating igloo, the animated santa in sleigh & a penguin & snowman. They are also suppose to have a 6ft snowglobe with 2 penguins playing hockey that I want. Can you help me?
  5. Anyone that livesin Canada, I need some help!!!! I am looking for some Airblowns that are being sold at Canadian Tire & Zellers. If you would be willing to help me out, please email me at [email protected] Thanks!
  6. No, I do not have any sponsors but someday I may have to do that. Been saving all summer, I also sold some of my older Inflatables that I never use, this way I have more storage space & a little extra cash for the Christmas budget.
  7. Joe Neve called me today & found this Igloo Globe at his K-Mart in Louisiana. He said he paid $ 149.00 for it. He also got the new Winnie the Pooh Snowglobe, the Disney Snowglobe, the 8ft Snowman Snowglobe, & the animated Tigger helping Pooh out of a sack. He said they had just come in, they were all still on pallets laying in the middle of the store, so get ready they should be coming to your local K-Mart soon. I will also agree with how great this globe looks! I am very excited to see what it looks like in person, the pic looks AWESOME!
  8. I can definitely confirm that you can put at least 24 normal (6ft & 8ft) Inflatables on one circuit as long as you are not running anything else. It does not leave much extra room but it will work, I had to due this several times due to lack of power at my park last year, this year we have installed alot of extra services to fill the need for all the Inflatables I have. On another note, the 6ft Gemmy Halloween Tornado Globes & 6ft Gemmy Rotating Globes are recommended by the instructions to pull around 200 watts each.
  9. Inflatables RULE! Just ask the thousands of people that drove thru my Inflatable Christmas park last year! The kids especially love them because they get to see all their favorite Christmas characters & cartoon characters in the front yards of homes. I think they are the GREATEST Christmas decorations on the planet. My hats off to Gemmy for inventing these lovable characters! My 2 cents worth!
  10. I would like to invite everyone at PC to become a member of The Official Gemmy Airblown Collectors Club at http://www.airblownclub.com If you sign up to become an Inflated Member for $ 50.00 you will get our exclusive Airblown Santa in Helicopter pictured below. We are only having 250 of these made and already over half of them are sold, so you better join soon if you want the Helicopter. These will ship to all members in early Nov. When becoming a member you will gain access to our discussion board where we ONLY talk about Gemmy Airblown Inflatable (we leave all the other Christmas decoration talk to our good friends here at PC) Members of our club can also participate in various contest where we are giving away rare Airblown Inflatables. That is right, we have some extremely rare prototype Airblown Inflatables (Inflatables that are not being sold ANYWHERE) that we are giving away in different contest over the next few months. I hope you decide to become a member of the Airblown Collectors Club!!!
  11. Brad, their's (HSNs) don't have much problem fogging up because most of them (if they are like last year) break down so quick they never get a chance to fog up. HA HA HA Just Joking!!!!!!
  12. Chuck, Gemmy's Halloween animated globes DO have some small vents in the back. I beleive this should help fix some of the problem of fogging due to it should remain the same temp inside the globe & air can escape.
  13. I hope everyone had a great 4th of July, I know I did. I have posted 1 picture of my Inflatable Patriotic Display & you can view many more at: http://www.kingofholidayinflatables.com/4thofjuly2006.html I also want to mention that my display made the front page of the Local Section in the Tulsa World last Sunday. This is the largest newspaper on this side of the state so I felt very privileged that they did this article. You can view it at: http://www.tulsaworld.com/NewsStory.asp?ID=060702_Ne_A17_Musko26238
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