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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 garysengraving

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    • Birthday 08/18/1959

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    • My favorite Christmas story
      rudolph the red nose reindeer
    • Location
      Lonsdale, Minnesota, USA
    • Biography
      i am married and have 4 kids, 5 grand children, i am self employed and i love blowmolds and having a display.
    • Interests
      collecting blowmolds, christmas display, restoring blowmolds and woodworking.
    • Occupation
      self employed woodworker
    • About my display
      i have 1500+ christmas blowmolds 80+ halloween blowmolds 10+ easter blowmolds, and about 31,000 lights and 6 inflatables.
      100 amp service to power display only

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    1. hi bill thanks for the info. the prices have changed to.
    2. hi i have 3 of them the first one i got for free and the other two i found at garage sales. i don't i paid more the $10.00 ea. for them. i quess patience pays off gary
    3. hi very nice finds, i have both of them in my collection. the snowman has the original shovel and in very good condition my santa i am in the process of restoring him. i also have 2 of the beco mechanical santas. also in good condition gary
    4. hi i have the tpi carolers to, i have one that has white hair. i seen AA tpi caroler boy on ebay once but it looked like it was painted that way. the hair was straight. not like the AA poloron caroler boy which the hair is curled. daryl can you post another photo showing his head? thanks gary
    5. hi them are the hard plastic ones which crack easy, the other ones are made out of a softer plastic. gary
    6. hi nice finds especially the father christmas, i have 3 of him in my collection. one is brand new. gary
    7. hi looking good i got a few out there to got to get back on it lol. got our first couple of inches of snow this weekend gary
    8. hi welcome to the dark side lol. you can't turn back know. very nice finds. i never seen those candles either, anything stamped on them. gary
    9. hi looks like to me he is the african american model? gary
    10. hi very nice finds especially free from the dumpster, do you have photos of the rest of the find? gary
    11. hi looks like a poloron maechanical snowman, but doesn't look like it is in 2 halfs? maybe it is made by empire the way it looks with the light socket hanging in fron t of him? i see a union snowlady, poloron sleigh. what are the prices like? gary
    12. hi like mel said they are made by noma, have that one plus i have a candle made by them to same base but it has a candle flame. my lantern is painted on top not just a solid red color. gary
    13. hi brad and jim lol lol if you could wait until i get the hay loft filled there would be more of a selection lol lol:). gary
    14. hi jim i know what you mean, i have been filling up my dads old dairy barn with molds, the lower level is getting full. still have the hay loft to fill lol lol. gary
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