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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.

hoyt clagwell

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    Glenview, Illinois, USA
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    My work and my family; music; reading; holiday displays.
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    physician
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    I like plastic. Mostly blowmolds, but plastic. Maybe it was that darned polymer chemistry class I took back in undergrad....

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  1. Seek and ye shall find: I did this last month: http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k376/soutly/TargetPumpkintotem_zps5d73b651.jpg I had been thinking about doing this since last year, but I only had one big pail. This year I bought five more. I wanted to go six high, but it was too unstable. Here's a night shot: http://i325.photobucket.com/albums/k376/soutly/Targetpumpkintotemnight_zpsf6ce6221.jpg My wife had the idea of having candy spilling out of the top, so I used some old Tootsie Roll Pop mini light covers. It's under cover so doesn't need drainage. The pails are held together with wire strung through carefully drilled pairs of holes. There are two bricks in the bottom pail for stability, with a suitable door cut to remove and place them. A 1and 1/8" hole was drilled in the center back of each pail, and a skinny candelabra base 25W bulb used for illumination. I'm happy with the results. The uneven look of the pails is semi-intentional; I was trying to imitate an old pumpkin stack inflatible I had until the deer damaged it beyond repair. Sorry I couldn't get pictures to post; I hope the links are sufficient.
  2. I'm going to assume they aren't made of foam and that they are really blow molds. The light bulbs are C7, not C4. I agree with Elaine that you will have an easier time finding them closer to the Fall. If you are in a big hurry, eBay frequently has them for sale, usually in the $3-4 each range. At a similar price, Menards carries something suitable year round in their electrical section. Patience will pay off with lower prices near Christmas.
  3. I find it most likely to be made from foam.
  4. Borse plastics? That would be my first from that manufacturer, and it's one I hadn't heard of before either. OK, check one off on my quest to find one of every snowman made. Thanks, Mel! As for the rest of them, yes they could be for resale but based on the condition of the large Empire and Union snowmen they also picked up I'm guessing they were for the buyers' own collection. There were large holes cut out of the backs of the large snowmen and some of the little Borse guys were hiding inside. They didn't seem to me to be in resale condition. We shall see. I'll be watching the Chicagoland craigslist, too.
  5. I went to an estate sale last weekend and saw a whole bunch of these snowmen: Eight of them were with some other common molds and were already sold but I had help finding this one who wasn't claimed yet. I've never seen it before and it has no markings. Having a whole row of them woulda been nice, but I am very grateful to have just the one for my snowman collection.
  6. I google-searched "empier" and "drangie" and couldn't find them. Are they foreign words?
  7. Really a good point. When we built our house a dozen years ago I made darn sure there were outlets throughout the front yard, including one across the driveway. Of course we blew it when we forgot to put an outlet in the foyer where we planned to put our tree....
  8. That's the standard answer from them, if they answer at all.
  9. As a spelling Nazi, I don't know where to begin on this thread. I give up!
  10. I like the new pieces, especially the snow man. I'm surprised to see the train with a black paint scheme, which is the MOST realistic color for a steam locomotive; I may have to buy one just for that. Cool!
  11. The second one looks like an organist. Is the "altar" included supposed to be an organ?
  12. Thanks. I've seen that thing before but I couldn't place it.
  13. So, so sad! I wonder if they have any old inventory to get rid of.
  14. Looking good, Richard! What can you tell us about that whimsical tree between the stuffed Snoopy and Charlie Brown? I know it's not a blow mold, but it clearly IS plastic!
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