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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 pinkrokker

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  • Birthday 12/15/1974

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  • Location
    Demorest, Georgia, USA
  • Biography
    I'm pink; therefore I'm spam.
  • Interests
    the Arts, D.I.Y., vegetarianism, Cabbage Patch Kids, Blythe, artist vinyl, random Japanese weirdness
  • Occupation
    Web Developer
  • About my display
    I've fallen in love with snowman blowmolds (snowmolds), and I'm particularly interested in learning more about repainting/restoring them.
  1. Hi gang! I just wanted to pop in, and give you a quick update on Justin and why he hasn't been on the boards much lately. Justin had a total hip replacement on Monday morning. The surgery went well, and he seems to be recovering nicely. His coloring was already back when I saw him on Monday evening! And although I'm sure he's uncomfortable, he seems to be in good spirits. He'll be in the hospital through Thursday or Friday. After 2 weeks of in-home PT, he should be able to able to return to some normal activities. Then he'll go to a PT center several times a week. He's hoping to be back to work in a month. Anyway, if you could send him your prayers and positive thoughts for a speedy and painless recovery, I'm sure he'd appreciate it. He'll check in as soon as he's home and not too doped up on pain meds. I know he's anxious to get back on the boards. Emily
  2. Ok, I know it's sacreligious on so many levels, but... I actually kind of dig 'em. *dodges tomatoes* Emily
  3. A couple of people asked about the 'Viva la Bumpy' shirts Justin, Jerry, and I wore to the GA mini PLUS event on Saturday. I created them using a photo Justin took, and we printed them through Zazzle, a site that works like CafePress, just with a nicer selection of shirt options. I've opted not to make the design public, as that would involve charging people commission and all the potential copyright issues that go along with that. But if you're interested, you should be able to order your own at-cost through this private design link: http://tinyurl.com/6javth. If that doesn't work, just PM me with your email address, and I'll send it on directly. Emily P.S. Please note the shirt IS white, even though it looks grayish in the picture.
  4. I, too, would like to thank Michelle, Kevin, Annelisa, and all the other presenters for a GREAT time. The location, food, vast amounts of knowledge/information, and most importantly, company were ALL top notch. What a groovy introduction to the world of Planet Christmas and PLUS events! Can't wait to do it again -- and put some of those awesome ideas to use! Emily
  5. I'm new to blowmold collecting, so I doubt there's much I could contribute. But I'd be very interested as well. Emily
  6. Thanks so much for the suggestion! That was my first thought, too. Unfortunately, the candles I found are the battery pack that powers them. There is no separate light part. Maybe not all brands work that way? I got mine at Target. At worst, I suppose I could duct tape the candle part inside him, but I'd really prefer something less obtrusive. Emily
  7. Hi, Myfriend Justin recently introduced meto blowmold collecting -- and the Planet Christmas forums. I've been lurking/learning for the past day or two and am SO impressed with the wealth of information here! I thought I'd jump right in with a question that I'm hoping hasn't been asked 100 times before. (If it has, I apologize -- my searches didn't turn anything up.) Have any of you ever rigged a battery powered blowmold? If so what did you use, and where did you find it? If not, any idea what I could use? I'd love to spread the blowmold joy by bringing my 13.5" neon Bumpy to various holiday festivities this week. However, he's much cuter illuminated, and I have a nasty feeling there won't be outlets available to him everywhere. Justin told me that battery powered C7s (that's what he takes) do exist, but I haven't been able to find them in anything other than candle form. Any suggestions will be GREATLY appreciated! Emily
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