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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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    About clevelandbucky

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    • Birthday 10/23/1976

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      I met my love at Christmas! It was the magic of the lights. =)
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      Demorest, Georgia, USA
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      A 39 year old holiday decorating fanatic.
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      Christmas Decorations, Theater, Music
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      Assistant Human Resources Director
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      Vintage, blowmolds, C7 and C9 lights, die cuts, Shiny Brites.

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    1. QVC added a good bit of new product online this morning. They are doing a build up to this weekend. Last year I only bought one thing during Christmas in July. So, we will see how I do this year. I have a feeling I won't be as good. I already see several things I want in the preview. I have the DVR taking care of HSN, so I will catch up when I get home. The snowman I got seems to be the only thing mold related on QVC as well. A few years ago QVC offered Dancing Santa, maybe they will surprise us. Justin
    2. Christmas in July is in full swing on HSN and QVC this week, and I have already made a purchase. http://www.qvc.com/Indoor-Outdoor-Oversized-Holiday-Figural-wLight-Illumination.product.H197589.html?sc=H197589-Tailored&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-13-_-H197589&catentryImage=http://images-p.qvc.com/is/image/h/89/h197589.001?$uslarge$ I have been watching this snowman for a while. I just hope he arrives in one piece. Justin
    3. Here is a merchant in the UK that carries molds. I took a quick look and it appears that the current inventory is low, but it is a great resource to have on hand. Also, their versions of the GF molds sometimes have different faces or there are interesting variations. http://www.festive-lights.com/decorations/christmas-figures/outdoor-figures/ Justin
    4. If you notice in the larger picture they are also missing the jewlery accents....no rings or stones in the crowns or on the urns. Justin
    5. All of their molds and holiday decor is on sale on-line through today. There are a lot of great deals. The Santa mold (holding a blue present) is 18 and some change, nativity was 30 and some change. Great Prices and with free shipping on most items. Justin
    6. Nice work! His coloring is great! Justin
    7. Maybe a few years off?! Things change....just saying. Justin
    8. I use the inflatable stakes and fishing line. I wrap the fishing line around the mold and the tie it to the stake. I have a hard time drilling into them; it makes me feel like I am doing something wrong. Justin
    9. Those are amazing. I would love to find set like that. Justin
    10. Those are amazing. I have never seen any (at least that I remember) like that before. Justin
    11. These are new on me, but I like them! Justin
    12. The product description on Bronner's doesn't say. This was/is a Grand Venture mold. I personally don't have one, but it is on the list. http://www.bronners.com/product/lighted-plastic-climbing-santa.do?sortby=ourPicksAscend&page=4&from=fn Justin
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