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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.

Kevin Provost

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  1. Bill Miller wrote: That's awesome Bill, you're roughly just half an hour away. I'm just up the road from 3J's Citgo on Elm, and I'm down there pretty often. I'll usually sit out on the bench having coffee when I go, so if you spot me feel free to say hi, it would be great to chat you up. Carrie Sansing wrote: Without a doubt this is the best, I wish I had found this place before. They're mine as well, I have been obsessed with them ever since I was little. I'm sure I can find some, lots of people took pictures of it. The traffic jams were insane every year up there. You'd have to wait in a long line of cars to get a look. I was young then and didn't personally take any pics, but I'm sure I can find someone who did. I don't remember if either of my parents took any, but my dad might have. TED wrote: Well for me the term light-up was something I created when I was really small, it was simple and in my mind really fit perfectly to what I was looking at, plus it had charm for me. I didn't start using it because other people were. At the time people just called them illuminated figures. I thought I was the only one who used the term light-up, I was surprised to see that others had started using it when I got back into collecting this year. To me it's the layman's term, best thing I can equate it to is calling all facial tissue Kleenex. So for me, it's just my own term for them, not picked up from other people. So don't kill me for it, please, lol. But if I'm searching eBay or the web, obviously I use blow mold as my search term. That's great about the C9's, I never see anyone using those anymore. In my last display I did I had a 100 foot evergreen strung top to bottom with them, all by hand. No cherry picker or ladder, I climbed up inside the tree with the strings and literally tossed them outward from where I was to get them to drape on the branch edges. Again, thanks for all the warm welcomes!
  2. Thanks for the welcome! :] I'll have to see what I can dig up when I get home, it made it in the town newspaper every year, and I have one saved of him putting up the running Santa on the house. Hopefully I can find a good panorama of the full display though.
  3. Your best bet is to visit either General Foam: http://www.genfoam.com/ Or Seasons LA: http://www.seasonsla.com/
  4. I can't believe what the classic Empire Santa Claus is going for on eBay, in no way is he worth those prices. I bought him new in the late 90's from Kmart. Pretty sure I paid $39.99. The problem seems to be that sellers are listing these as being made in 1968, it appears they don't realize that the year stamped on light-ups is only the year that the mold was made/introduced and isn't normally indicative of when the light-up was actually made.
  5. That little guy was made by Poloron and General Foam. The incarnation you have there, I would agree with Carrie and say it is General Foam. The Poloron ones had different paint schemes and the eyes weren't painted to look evil, lol. Empire made a very similiar one, too:
  6. My top wants: 50" Empire Choir Boy/Girl (Body made from the Poloron mold, head was new, released in the 90's) 15" Empire Coach Lantern (EXTREMELY rare, only saw these on two houses growing up and this one is the only I've seen on eBay, missed the auction though, found the pic via Google's cache) Poloron #C94-2 Coach Lanterns (Also very rare, bid on but didn't win this one)
  7. Fantastic display! I thought I would introduce myself here, rather than starting a new thread. This forum was a wonderful find. I'm Kevin and I have been decorating since I was 6 or so. I am now 25. Due to renting and financial constraints I have not done a display since 2000, but I am working on building up a collection now again. Hopefully soon I will be able to decorate again. I decorate statically, with a a mix of multi-colored C7/C9 light sets and light-ups (what I have always called blow-molds.) My collection is very small at the moment, but I am slowly working on building it up. I hail from West Springfield MA, but am temporarily relocated in TN. I noticed some people here from MA, is there anyone here who saw/remembers Dom's light-up display on *** Terrace road in West Springfield? I helped him decorate back in '92 and '93 or so. It was the largest light-up display I have ever seen with about 900 figures or more. He literally had everything, from the oldest (A HUGE running Santa that was the staple of the display, which was always mounted on the side of the house) to the newest of the year. He would make a note to go out and buy every new release each year. Being a master electrician he had the money to collect it all, not to mention the skill for the setup. If I ever find some pictures of the display I will post them, he doesn't decorate anymore. It was getting to be too much work and he said he didn't know how long he would be able to do it. That was back in the early 90's. He decorated until '98 or so. I lost touch and haven't seen him in about 13 years or so, but I plan on stopping in when I get back and seeing how he's doing and what happened to all those light-ups! Not sure if anyone here is familiar with his display, but it was famous in West Side and very important in my growing up and being involved in decorating, so I wanted to mention it. He taught me an incredible amount about light-ups and I'm sure I can probably help here in the forums. Look forward to socializing here, greetings everyone! Kev
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