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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 chris516

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  • Birthday 05/16/1991

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    Pleasant Grove, Utah
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    I'm 18 years old and I love to decorate for Christmas
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    Christmas Lights,Computers,Anime,Baseball,Football
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  • About my display
    Our display features about 15,000 lights(Static), 9 Inflatables, a bunch of wire/plastic frame elements, various coro winter animals with 12 blowmolds and counting. Including a 7 piece nativity new for this year!

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  1. chris516


    Sweet, good to know. I may have to stop off and see if our Walmarts have anything decent left. Not to hijack the thread or anything but, does anyone know if/when Big Lots is going to go 75% off? I have been to the two stores here in the area and neither of them would budge nor would the manager give out any info as to when they are going 75% off. Thanks for any info, Chris
  2. As far as I know Gemmy hasn't made a complete gingerbread house. But they do make a gingerbread oven inflatable. Which I think will be the closest you will be able to get at the moment. I could be wrong though. I'm still learning about all the different inflatables too. :santasmileyitty: Chris
  3. Very nice display. I like all of the lights and how you have the ghost molds flying. It looks awesome. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Happy Halloween, Chris
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    New haul!

    Update, I got all of the plastic frame guys working again. While I was working on them I noticed that it said copyright 1993 Santa's Best on them. So they are somewhat vintage. The only one I haven't been able to get working fully again is the Angel. It has a 2 channel chaser set on it and I think one of the channels is dead or something. I spent an hour checking all of the bulbs on it and I couldn't get the other half to light up. I may just have to restring it if I can't get the original set working again we shall see. Anyway here are some night pics of them... Chris
  5. chris516

    New haul!

    Thank you, Here are a couple night pictures of the Nativity and the Santa mold. I will post pictures of the plastic frame guys when I get their light strings fixed.
  6. chris516

    New haul!

    Thanks guys for the comments. I wasn't here so I don't know what went down with the whole title thing. I'm sorry if I offended anyone with the title I used. I just thought it would be a cool title considering I got my first nativity featuring Jesus. It was a bad choice on my part. Sorry again to anyone(including Carrie) I offended by using the title I chose, Chris
  7. chris516

    New haul!

    I found another ad selling blow molds! I guess there are more people starting to sell them out here. Anyway on to the mini haul. I saw an ad late last night advertising some Christmas stuff. I called up the lady and she said that it was too late(around 9pm and we are about and hour away) to come by last night but, I could come by tomorrow if I would like. I said yes of course. We got there this morning to find a GF Santa, GF Camel, Empire wisemen and a Empire set of Mary,Joesph and Jesus. My Blow mold collection has grown from 2 to 12 in the last 2 months! I also got a few other things from the ad. A wireframe Trumpet Angel, a plastic frame Sleigh and 2 Reindeer and a plastic frame Santa and Snowman. All for $30! The lights on the plastic guys are out. But 10 minutes with the light keeper should fix it. I will be posting night pics of the nativity shortly. Enough chat time for pictures!
  8. You're Welcome, Good luck finding a light kit for yours. Chris
  9. Thanks for giving more info about the Santa. That is cool that he was also produced by Beco. Nice to know. In answer to your PM Richardg, the first hole has a diameter of about 4 inches and the second one is no bigger than a centimeter or two. The light kit is very simple. On the main part there is a screw on the end and then there is a white cap that goes onto that. At least for my GF one. The light kit may be different on the Beco or the newer GF ones I don't know. Here are a few pictures of the one mine has... Hope this helps, Chris
  10. Thanks, yes that info helps. Nice to know I was right about it being from Genfoam. From what I found out earlier it looks like the Santa with the red bag was discontinued sometime in the early 90s. The one you posted is the new version with the green bag that is being sold now. I think that the vintage look with the little bit of paint fading. It makes him look better than a new one. But that is just my opinion. Chris
  11. Very nice finds. I know that the Mickey and Minnie are hard to come by at a price like that. Especially in that condition. Good going on the soldiers too. I want to start collecting those guys too. Chris
  12. Thanks, that's cool that you have one as well and yes it is a very tall mold. It is as tall as my little brother and about 3/4 as tall as I am. I'm 5ft 6in. Chris
  13. Yep it was a severed leg. I can see where you would get a dead bird from it though. It was an interesting sight but cool at the same time. I'm pretty amazed at how the pictures came out from your Iphone. The pictures I took of it from my phone came out pretty bad. Apple did a good job on the camera in the new Iphone.
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