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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.
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  • 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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  1. I want to see that folder with the bad jobs in it. Can you send it to me some how? I can PM you my email adress if you want. I just want to see how bad it can be and what to avoid doing. Thanks!
  2. WOW!!! That looks great! Have any videos?
  3. Here's the tree with blowmolds on it. 20 bucks for anyone who knows where the picture came from.
  4. That corner fell off when I found it, it probably went into the vacuum by now. The colors are very rich when lit. I liked it so much I used them draped around my head as my avatar!
  5. I got these from my great-grandma's house after she died and I figured I'd share them here and see if I can get any info or value on them. They're made by General Electric and they all work still. Any other info on them?
  6. Here's mine, it's an Empire '82 set that was going in the trash and I saved it.
  7. PM sent. It's not lit at night, and wasn't lit last year either. I think he never plugged it in last year and never bothered to plug it in this year. Just letting you know that it won't be lit so you won't be dissapointed. I'll ask him if I could take some detailed pictures of it if and when he takes it down this year. (Don't worry, I'll make sure it dosen't stay up there another summer:)) Then we will know who made it and all that other fun stuff.
  8. Lots of answers and questions: 1. Yeah, I was involved in that thread too. 2. If that's the top half of one, I doubt that he has the other half because he'd probably display the whole thing. 3. If that is the top of one, why would it have a mounting bracket for a chimney on it? Unless they would sell a "Plastic Santa Mounting Brackets" just for that, maybe it was for mounting something else. 4. With airbrushing, he owns a auto body shop where he probably could do a repaint. 5. What color scheme did Poloron have for their version? 6. Should I offer to paint it for him, or is it just another mold like a Dancing Santa that you can find everywhere?
  9. He likes Empire, so it's probably an Empire. Does anyone have a dollar amount on him for me to tell his wife? If I get something big, she'll probably make him take it down right away.
  10. http://www.planetchristmas.com/Blowmolds.htm It's a very good tutorial.
  11. One more. And since Tim pointed out not to leave SANTAS out all year, here is the back of his shed- I actually like it there because it keeps me in the spirit all year long. It would be better if he turned the Union one towards my side though. I have no problem with it. Around the 4th of July, a car full of people with cameras came and took pictures of it. His wife is really mad at him for leaving that up there all year. She makes fun of him a lot to, something like a squerill was up on their roof one night, making noise, and he asked her what the noise was and she told him that it was Santa coming out of the chimney.
  12. Let me know if these are not detailed enough. I assume that the hole in his arm is for a cord of some sort. The white spots are paint loss, not snow. I tried to get every angle that I could.
  13. The users removed it, anyone download it? I'll pull the faces and make the wanted signs if anyone has the video if nobody else wants to.
  14. I thought about offering to repaint my neighbor's roof-top santa because he has left it out all year and it looks awful, especially on the south side of it where the sun comes from. Besides looking bad, it was high up where the sun can hit it a lot and is probably really brittle. I haven't painted before, (see my other thread) but plan on practicing on my extra shepard and fixing the wisemen's flaking golden gifts before working on his to get my skills set. It probably can't get any worse than it is right now if I try to fix it. I don't have a good current picture of him right now, so enjoy one from the end of last year for now. It has only like three colors and isn't even a whole santa, just the torso, and has no very detailed parts, so it shouldn't be a super challenging task. That old picture is very different from what he looks like now. It's amazing what one summer will do to a blowmold. I'll try to get a new pic tomorrow if it isn't raining too hard. So, should I offer to do it? I'd hate to see it fade away into a marble santa, but if you think I shouldn't let me know and why. PS: It might help to add that we are good friends and talk whenever we are both outside. They also give us presents every year for Christmas and I thought that I should give them one this year by painting their Santa for them.
  15. I'm thinking about repainting a few blow molds this summer, some for color change, and some for paint fade. Is it really hard to strip and repaint a blow mold with the 3M stripper and Krylon paint? I've nevere done it before and I'm worried about screwing up the paint and making a giant splotch on the thing. I've read Carrie's page on repainting them, but I feel like I'm going to screw something up big time. I wanted to change over my Empire nativity set to the Poloron colors because it looks to GF-ish to me and the pink robe thing has to go. I have two shepards, and I can practice on one to make it look like the attached picture, which I believe is credited to Shawn. (That's a shepard in place of Joseph in the picture, silly Shawn, put them in the right place!)
  16. If he did, then I know that he got a good home. I went looking to a bunch of stores after Kmart and the only place that had blow molds was Menards and they had a bunch of the gynormous santas for 50 bucks. Too big a size and price tag for it to sit in my room all year. I guess I'll have to wash off my Empire snowman until I magically find a replacement. I just don't want him to bleach out from the sun during the year!
  17. Now I'm going to cry because he's gone!
  18. 20 bucks its a dude!! rotfl!!!!!omg, thats sofuny ,, she cant tipe and has wfuwl grahme.r she like nneesd to go to a schol fore wryiting n stuf2 lear rn bcuz i cant readwhat she wrot!!! (The funny thing is that that was fun and didn't take much effort. omg, lol!)
  19. I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy new year!
  20. Michaels. It's an arts and crafts store that also carries Christmas decorations.
  21. But I didn't have any money with me!
  22. Let's hope so! God, look at me, I've been brainwashed by little plastic people, animals, and lamp posts! But I think that's ok. (See, what did I tell you!)
  23. I agree with the 25 bucks thing for the light tours, because they are making money off of what you spent money on. It's like if you charged people to come see that company's limos when they are sitting in the parking lot, (how ever weird that may be). They spent money on the limousine and drive it in the public, you spent money on the lights and show them to the public- pretty much the same thing. I wouldn't design a special sequence for a for-profit organization when I already have that time slot planned out with a regular sequence or lights off without compensation of some sort. I would, on the other hand, do it for a bus load of kids on the way to school because they're not making money off your lights. That's just my two cents worth.
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