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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. he nearly threw me out of his truck as we first passed the soldier's yard sale.
  2. i like how four of her older cherished molds are exactly the same photos as the catalog.
  3. WOW. That is pretty awesome. The giant ornaments on their website are pretty kickin too.
  4. that's a nice looking santa. doesn't look familiar to me either.
  5. Mark D wrote: a new credit card, and very quick ebay shippers.
  6. Christmas Delight wrote: i agree, awesome job!
  7. this is all such awesome news. so exciting. :]
  8. i personally have no idea. but they sure are purty.
  9. only fifty bucks too, you might add. ;)i don't think we did too shabby!
  10. When I was a kid (hmm.. probably 12 or so years ago was when I last went), there was a store nearby called Arcadia Gardens (which has since closed, I believe). Around Christmas time my mom would take me in to feed the llamas and goats they had, and then we'd go inside to look at the decorations. My, God. It was like Christmas Blowmold Wonderland. Soooooooo many. I may be exaggerating slightly, because I WAS a kid, but I KNOW there was lot. So many different kinds, They were EVERYWHERE. I really miss that place. It was so cool just to go in and see everything. I remember the rows and rows of soldier molds, Santas, bears, everything. I wish I could go back in time, even just to walk in and see that again. Haha. I'm gonna go cry a lil now.. :]
  11. devonkc2004 wrote: what can i say? ... :waycool: :laughing:
  12. oh, and btw. my user image is me with two owls. his user image... well, that's just him.
  13. yes, yes. i started coming here quite some time ago, used to just read. started posting, showed him the forums. he is obsessed. "honey did you see this...." no, sweetie, i didn't get a chance yet, but i'm sure if you let-- "oh, well, so-and-so got this, and found this at a yard sale..." :shock: :laughing:
  14. this lovely lady is staying inside, for sure. :shock: i bought him his stooges, he bought me my dream deer. :laughing:
  15. Christmas Delight wrote: classic. :laughing:
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