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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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    1. hi do you still have your easter blow molds

    2. It's been broken forever. I am listed as a member with this should make 71 posts yet I have close to 8000 posts. I do feel status is an important feature that should be based on forum time and post number should be listed. This tool is used to determine people's identity and reputation when interacting and buying/selling stuff. I want to know when someone became a member, the levels of membership so I can see how fast they advanced and I want to see their real post count. This stuff matters when it comes to forming responses and determining if I want to pursue a for sale/wanted listin
    3. It's not as simple as a newbie asking a question and the oldsters coming in to be snarky and rude. We have legitimate reasons for not postings on PC any longer but many of of do still interact on other forums, facebook and via the PM system. And some even do step in and post from time to time. Keep in mind that myself as well as other have been here over ten years or more in this community and we have earned our good reputations. We would be foolish to let newbies come in and tarnish the with false accusations and pure stupidity. There of course is a back story to this, Santa Joe wanted to
    4. The motor you purchased is insufficient for the inflatable. It states in the description up to 9 foot inflatables but goes on the say "skinny" inflatables. These inflatables hold much less air than even a regular 6-8 ft model. This new motor came off of one of those tall skinny santa, ghost or witch inflatables that are 9 feet tall but they are only about 12 - 15 inches in diameter. Your best bet would be to look on clearance or at yard sales and find an old inflatable of like size to strip the motor from. But First I would check out the problem with your grinch and make sure it's the motor
    5. Sounds like next year needs to be a two day!
    6. I heard hobby lobby has started putting their halloween out. You might check there.
    7. Wow...seriously? This is a Holiday forum and you are having a garage sale. There used to be rules written in here about non holiday items for sale but then over the years it just became common sense not to list stuff for sale unrelated to our hobby. There are plenty of classified ad sites available to sell things on. Ever hear of Craigslist? Ebay? I think I recall one person who listed a house for sale....
    8. I can get them for $43.29 shipped....I better jump on that deal!
    9. # 1 I think the thread needs to stay. It's entertaining plus you can't just post a thread and they back peddle when you didn't get the response you were looking for. That is the reason the edit/delete threads buttons were removed many years ago. Threads are only cleansed/closed/deleted when they go off course or serve no further purpose. # 2 I do understand stand why you are upset. If the buyer told you she was buying to display them and match her santa that led you to believe they were going to a good home. But those are just tactics to get the item when it comes to buying/reselling.
    10. I'm pretty sure Vermont country store used to have this santa face on their site but I went to look ans it's no longer there but I did find these two interesting goodies. http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/products/For-The-Home/Holiday-Decor/Santa-with-Reindeer.html?evar3=search http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/products/For-The-Home/Holiday-Decor/Caroler-Family.html?evar3=cross%20sells
    11. Thank you to all the bidders and to Frank.
    12. Thanks Frank and thank you to the bidders...
    13. That's sad...I will be thinking about this family. My 3 yr old cousin has been fighting leukemia but thankfully she is in remission. These kids are so strong. I don't think I could go through what they do. To get tested for bone marrow http://www.marrow.org/ Another very important thing with these kids is blood. They need constant transfusions of platelets. These donations can be made to the red cross and can be directed to go to an individual. http://www.redcrossb...types-donations
    14. Gene...I am so sorry for your loss. I think the memorial is a fantastic idea. The gift theme is a nice touch and it;s unique to you and your Mom. I would use one Angel to represent her and surround the sign with other molds that hold gifts. I like those empire/genfoam teddy bears that are holding gifts. Another thing that I do each year to honor my deceased son is the Angel tree. I think picking a child from there in honor of your mother would bring comfort. I think there is even a program out there like that but it has senior citizens instead of children. It brings my family a great
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