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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.

Thomas Steiner

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  1. Awesome Christmas display, Brandon! Thanks for sharing.
  2. Everyone have a very Merry Christmas!

  3. Awesome! There is nothing like the old F. W. Woolworth Stores. I loved all those stores.
  4. Those Heller Choir Kids are so cool to look at. Glad you got them for your choir.
  5. Very nice finds. Someone on Facebook is selling the same Vulture right now for $75.00 plus shipping. I really like this Vulture blow mold. It is so awesome!
  6. Karen, That is so awesome. I love it. Thanks for sharing!
  7. Mel, Please tell me who manufactured the sets of photos 3 and 4. Are those Dapol or Union? Thank you!
  8. Awesome find for sure. Very lovely.
  9. Here is a photo I took of the Union Frog the other day as promised. I took this photo with my cell phone. The photo turned out very well. This is a pretty cool little frog.
  10. Yes, I would say it is safe since you got the reliable info from Mel for the 54" Santa.
  11. Tom, Please confirm that it was manufactured by NOMA. Both of mine are marked IRWIN. Thank you!
  12. Tom, This Santa was manufactured by Irwin Plastics. The year is 1967. It is 35" tall, unless they manufactured a taller version. I have always thought this was made by Beco Products. But the manufacturer name, "IRWIN", is stamped on the back of him by the hole in the photo.
  13. Diane, Your repaints are great. They absolutely look 1001% better then before. I sure like those candles.
  14. Mel, That frog is cool. I like that. It is always nice to find a blow mold still in the shrink wrap. I also noticed it is unlighted.
  15. Tom, Don't be confused! I used News-4-me's ebay pictures because Linda purchased the frog from there for me. Linda didn't have any photos of the frog on here ebay site. When I receive it in a few days, I will have new photos.
  16. I have purchased this Union Products Frog from Linda (lins40) from Ill. I am thinking of using this for Halloween. It is 8" tall and 14" long. It does not come with a light. But a light can be put underneath the frog. It is catalog #6118. I thought this was pretty cool. It is suppose to have metal stakes to hold the legs to the ground, but there is none supplied with this one I purchased.
  17. Mel, That is so funny! I just hammered my keyboard to the wall.
  18. Thanks, Mel! I was so glad to get him in my collection. He was a pricey little fellow at that. As I stated before, I have not ever set him up outside yet. Always been set up inside.
  19. The size is 31" tall and the manufacturer is Hamilton Skotch.
  20. Mel, Thats the pig that roughed me up the other night!
  21. Mel, I don't own all three, but here is the one I do own and I have never let it out of the house yet. LOL! I bought this from an older gentleman and his wife a few years back near Chicago, IL.
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