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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.
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  • 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.
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  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
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  • 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.
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shawniepooh

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  1. This one is hard plastic DO NOT USE STRIPPER it will melt the plastic.
  2. It's been a week or so since I've been here, sad to see you go. I know we had fun in the past here... not sure what happened there but fun times nonetheless! See you in 2012 and catch you, I'll be showing some repaints and display pics soon
  3. Some funny bunny actaually bid on it too lol 45 bucks lol Rare rare rare. Union Workers ??? LMAO too funny
  4. THat is cool and thanks. I do believe that Mr Snyder has that listed on his website as Poloron but i dunno myself. Hope you find some information on it ... Its Awsome
  5. yet another american pickers episode had a pumpkin and candle and poloron snowman in it tonight
  6. hes not so bad from a distance lit up and not lit up. i figured you and mel would get a kick out of it i know how much you two love the older vaccuform ones i know i do :-)
  7. Maybe thats what i was thinking about then... i know they did a lot of letters on their stuff. i like that stuff better lol. on a side note the lantern with the bow was in town too.... a lot of people had molds this year, old and new. nice to see the stuff coming back!
  8. on the science channel the new series "Oddities". The episode where they get the two headed cow, mummified cat and the coffin.... well where they buy the coffin in the barn theres an Empire 48" Santa. Not hard to find an object they are looking at he's right behind them. Very briefly there is another santa but i couldnt tell he was turned around. They also showed a choir boy.. looked like acrylic latex stuff. on a side note i cant stand half the people that go into the shop.....
  9. Dave and Mel, thanks a bunch! We figured it was gonna be noma or beco (i thought i saw on ebay somewhere beco made something that said seasons greetings on it... i slept since then).. it makes since Saint Joseph (MO) did have a Noma factory there downtown i think i heard that location went out in the 70s but i could be wrong... we have found GREAT noma items in town. the candle at the mall was about 15 feet up in the air i could not see what it was made out of but it had a good gash in it.. As for the santa i love him i want him lol. Mel, there is no markings what so ever on him i looked at him from hat to toe there is no date, numbers, company or anything... Dave it's good to know they are out there.... the people said they guess anywhere from 10 to 20 of them where made but only one is still around that they know of but the majority of them where trashed. they recently auctioned off street lamps and we found 4 in town (3 displayed one in an antique mall)... too bad i didnt know that lol. too bad they only auctioned off a few santas
  10. no he's been outdoors since then, they display him every year, i saw it last year but they display him! he does look made but i think its because he hates the cold lol. looks like he's slipping
  11. I thought I would share this: I'm sure most people know, and I'm sure most feel the same way I do about Christmas. I decorate because a blowmold Poloron nativity was given to me as a kid one Christmas morning so I would finally leave my grandma's set alone . Since then I have spent many a year collecting and decorating and sharing the warmth that this season has spread to me. The smiles, the laughs, the dropped jaws all make it worth the painful and freezing hours it took to make the display. You can still call it trashy, but others have a different outlook. This season was full of light and love, I gave well over 50 people (family and friends but most complete strangers) personal tours of my yard so they can truly admire it and feel the same warmth. During that time I had two local news station called me (one located in Joplin that airs to SE Kansas and the Ozarks in Missouri), and two papers demanding an interview. I don't like the glory of it all, so I simply said 'no thanks'. Anyway to the point (yes there is one). While visiting family in KC we took it upon ourselves to admire local decorators work, while there we knew right away there was a particular house we wanted to see. In no particular pattern was anything laid out for others to critique or insult, but in all the yard was full of the warm feeling and memories. Santa's waved at cars, elves where busy running around, snowmen grinned at passers by, and drummers marched away in their little humble display. After our own little tour of the lights, we promptly hit every antique mall possible. Found some neat things, bought some, and left some. One in particular we found hilarious; a Santa's Best Minnie Mouse. We found her late last year and since then tried to sell and trade her before giving up and accepting the fact she was her to stay. During that time we tried so hard to get Mickey but ended up watching the prices climb on Ebay. Soon after, Minnie's fate was sealed and she was here to stay. So it was rather funny to see a pair of ears to only find yet another "rare" Minnie and not Mickey. Back to the display we spent 30 mins admiring; once closer, we noticed that they had a Mickey, but no Minnie. Being the type of people we are (on the contrary to most people's private messaging gossip) we decided to share that warmth and inform them of a Minnie in the new antique mall. We quickly got to talking about our displays and how they came across their molds (80% purchased when they where available in stores, 20% antique malls and garage sells, but none on Ebay) and how long they have been doing a display. We shared the up's and down's and in the process she told the story of her 93 year old husband who suffered 4 heart attacks this year alone and struggled to put the display up in his declining health. It took longer than usual but he did it for the smiles, the laughs, the dropped jaws. It (literally) nearly killed him. He didn't care he just wanted to share the warmth the season brings. He didn't finish his display, but he did what he could and left the 50 molds and countless lights and wire frames in the garage due to his rapidly declining health. Later we tell his 87 year old wife that a Minnie (missing from the display) was in the new antique mall north of town. She was what most people would say in shock, just talking away and jittering with excitement. Finally the years of trying to get her to make the display complete might be coming to an end. She had problems talking (this in part due to a robbery gone bad incident that left her with amnesia and blind in one eye in '77) but we understood quite well that this was thrilling news that would make a lot of people happy. None of us could control our happiness, we quickly got a phone book to see if either one of us could find the [new] antique mall. With no luck we promised her we would run down there and get the people's names... and hopefully get them to hold it for her until she had money to do so (buying for 17 grandkids/great grandkids and 8 of your children drains you). On the way there, feeling inspired by her stories of survival and sheer dedication to make others people's lives better, we had to do the same for them. We decided that we where not gonna get the address of the mall, nor ask them to reserve it, nor bargain them down in price. We quickly agreed to buy it for her. It's price was rather hefty, however when your heart is in the right place, things like money, greed, precious fame that most people crave for don't mean a thing and you quickly and rather easily find solutions. You just want to do whats right. We quickly got there avoiding Christmas traffic thanks to shortcuts we knew, and quickly ran in and down the aisle to ****** Minnie up and pay for her and deliver her to her new rightful home to make Christmas that much greater for this family. Once there we ran up to the door and delivered her early Christmas gift. She was so thrilled, her jaws dropped, smiled from ear to ear, and was instantly filled with love. She simply could not believe it, that otherwise strangers would go out of their way, their time and money to make Christmas that much more fun... Afterwards my roomie told me a story about how his family did the adopt a family program and they got a family where the only items on their Christmas lists where diapers, female hygiene products, toilet paper, deodorant, tooth paste and cloths for the baby. When the traffic is heavy, the boss is a jerk, or that traffic ticket is still unpaid... it's moments like that that help you realize that life shouldn't be full of fame, money, pride and it's far to short to spend it mad or angry. THIS is Christmas to us. Merry Christmas to all! (PICS: #1 is her collection with Minnie MIA, #2 Minnie for a ride, #3 Me delivering her, and #4 their display in general)
  12. Ok so I found these items... kinda. Santa here lives with some people that my roomies grandma knows, she moved into their old house, well they have the most neatest and awesome pre blow mold item. Pictures do NOT do justice for this fine guy... for starters he is HUGE no joke 5 foot at least. He is double sided and the plastic is THICK but light does shine threw (SORRY I didn't get a night pic, I was sooooo busy it blew my mind in a bad way) and he is held together by nuts and bolts and not staples or brad nails, these are bolts! lol. His history is quite neat, he was purchased at an auction in the 60's or 70's... Santa was meant to hang from a street pole (hence his double sidedness) and only a few where made [purchased] and as far as they know he is the only survivor. He was displayed (according to them) mid 30's to the late 50's. Fine pieces of Christmas it is, and no they will NOT sell it, I tried, believe me. So that was the Santa for Hoyt I know he will drool over it like i did. Next a gal in a subdivision has these fine candles. Mel, I have no clue who made them I saw the "Seasons Greetings" so I thought Beco or something I don't know. She has two of them, there was a third at an antique store (and had been there for 3 years) but it is badly damaged and for it's over $100 price tag, no thanks. So if you Mel or anyone knows anything about hem chime in... the flame and base are the only things that light up, it looked like a cardboard material or something the way it was broken its not plastic, but it was waaaay high up and couldn't see that well.
  13. shawniepooh

    Fyi

    i left behind a LOT of rare ones... i might need Mels help since he's here and he is the only one that will know lol but i found one candle with a base that said seasons greetings on it... looked like it was made of cardboard or something, bit high price and badly dented. i left that behind along with two pre blowmold candles apparently by glolite. i didnt see them lasting outside at all but they where neat.. the antique malls where packed i hit about five or so and each one had something but it was either damaged or too high. or i flat out didnt want it lol. but im very pleased with the six things i found. Hopefully Mel can give some insight to who made the candles... amazingly we found two at a house while touring the town... ill snap a pic of it tomorrow and head out.. this town has neat stuff even a FULL poloron nativity! that made my night lol oh ill post pics on the other site. i just hope mel can give me some insight. I found something that Hoyt will just FAINT OVER!!! Ill get a pic of that too tomorrow
  14. shawniepooh

    Fyi

    i was kinda upset they didnt have anything but i hit some antique malls and scored big so im not complaining. got some good rare stuff too :-)
  15. shawniepooh

    Fyi

    im near a menards for christmas they had 5 left, dancing santa one snowman pipe 48" santa and two 48" snowmen... I called the day before i got here the manager said they went out the door in no time
  16. That is a awsome article.. It all look awsome. Congrats
  17. If your going to pay that much for the santa face then get all of them for 30 bucks more lol
  18. shawniepooh

    Fyi

    thats a shock! lol normally they don't last long and dont get to see the sale. then again where im at theres only 4 menards in the state lol. ill have someone check to see what they have. Are they 50% off gary?
  19. shawniepooh

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    I was wondering about when the sales prices would hit, wonder how Menard's is doing?
  20. theres some commercial for flowers or something and in the first scene a family has a SB/GF santa in the backround
  21. Your right i think those are fakes :-)
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