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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.

Bob Van Streader

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About Bob Van Streader

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  • Birthday 06/04/1928

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  • Location
    Dansville, New York, USA
  • Interests
    Christmas decorating, home repair
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  1. Hi Chris... I have 28 treees like yours, some are 2' and some are 3'. I use coat hangers about 7" long on each leg. I have been doing this for the past 6 years and have never hed one blown over.I stake them down with contrasting angles. Bob
  2. Hi... Welcome to the best Christmas site on planet Earth. Ask and you will receive. We are almost neighbors, I live 45 miles south of you. Bob
  3. Hi Kev... I am interested, but I need time to check my blow molds before I place an order. Bob
  4. Hi... All blow molds should come like this. It would save storage space. Bob
  5. Hi... I think they got frozen to the sleigh seat on his last trip. Bob
  6. Hi... Didn't someone want to know how to make a Flying Saucer? Bob
  7. Hi Frank... What a fantastic find! I would be in heaven if I found half that much. Could you tell me how to find about that 100 mile garage sale for next year? I am addicted to sales of this nature and would love to add it to my agenda. Bob
  8. Recently I purchased 5 blow molds from Chuck Forkner which were to be shipped in2 boxes to my local Greyhound station. Chuck had to go out of his way to finalize the shipment after a few e=mails back and forth between us, When I got there, much to my dismay, neither box would fit in my back seat or in my trunk. Since my car is the only vehicle I have at my disposal I had to do some thinking. I opened up both boxes and decieded that if I unpacked them I could get the molds in my back seat and in my trunk. It worked out OK so I crammed all of the packing in and around the molds, broke down the boxes and put them on top of the molds in my back seat. No blow mold was left behind. So now I have 5 more molds to add to my collection. So thank you Chuck for all of your efforts to finalize our deal. I know I will not hesitate to deal with you again. Bob
  9. Hi Buddy... I am from Planet Christmas and I am interested in your blow mold sale. Please forward your address information. Do you have a list of what molds are availasle and the prices? I want to be sure to bring enough cash. Please reply to [email protected] Thank you...
  10. Hi Carrie... It sounds like you could use the new invention I am wdrking on. I call it the Littlle Big Shed. Basically it looks like an ordinary shed but it has walls and roofs inside of the walls and roof. As you run out of storage room all you do is pull out the inside walls and the roof until you have enough space. Unfortunatly I am lacking both in time and money to complete my design. Do you think there is a sufficient market for my invention? Bob
  11. Hi Steve... Or should I say Hi Neighbor. I live about 45 miles south of Rochester so I face the same weather conditions as you. I also use about a mile of extension cords and I use 7 Digital light Show boxes and 9 timers. None of my connections lie in standing water and I do not cover any of my connections. My show has been going on for 19 years and I do not have any issues with my electrical connections. I hope this helps you with your inquiry. May your stay with your new family be long and productive...Bob
  12. Hi Javerill... I have added your name to my Friend list. Bob

  13. Hello Little Miss Christmas... I extend my sincere welcome to our youngest member from the oldest member. In case you don't know I am 80 years old. Sometimes I feel like 10 years old, sometimes I act like 10 years old, but mostly I feel and act like 80 years old. I hope your Christmas spirit lasts forever. Bob
  14. Hi... I would be interested in 20 of the cords. Let me know the whole cost, including shipping to zip 14437 and I will mail you a check. I will be tied up for about a week so don't lose hope if I do not reply immediately. Bob
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