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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. Did you get them in Farmingville? I've seen your display. Where the heck can you fit them? You have no room left.LOL
  2. Congratulations on your first yard sale blow mold finds Chuck! Nice molds at great prices.
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    And so it begins!

    I was thinking the same thing! That was the first thing that I saw too. Looks good so far Tom... I can't wait to see your whole display inside and outside.
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    A Ghoulish Gala!

    Hey Justin, Awesome display! I love it! You guys did a fantastic job. The repaints are great. I especially love the Winnie the wizard. He looked great when I met you over the summer. The Mrs. Claus witch looks very cool too and I love the guy with the candy cane next to her. Can you post a close up of him? Sorry it took me so long to comment. I've been too busy and haven't been on PC in a few weeks. I didn't finish my own display until 3 days before Halloween. Thanks again for sharing.
  5. Wow! Very nice Pep! you have a nice variety and it looks great. Thanks for sharing. (You can ignore my post in the other thread asking about the pictures)
  6. Very nice Pep! Now where are the display pictures?
  7. It was nice meeting you yesterday. I'm glad you like the ghosts. You have a very nice display. I like the mix that you have. You have a bunch of molds that I don't have and now I neeed!!!! I need to work on getting some more ghosts like you have. Also thanks for posting the Haunted Mansion tombstones. They are really cool.
  8. Wow, those are awesome! I haven't seen all of them and they look great together. Angel does some great work as does many of you guys and girls. I just sent her 2 more white bears today so who knows what she will do with them. Thanks for sharing. "Coming here I never planned on making true friends" I know what you mean. I'm sure many of us have met many good friends from this site.
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    A few summer finds.

    Wow! You had a great summer! There are so many that you got this summer that I want. As I was looking at the pictures I was saying "Want it, want it, need it, want it" but then I lost track because you had so many that I need/want. Thanks for sharing. Hey, I didn't see your bear soldiers? I hope they weren't stolen by Justin! LOL
  10. Nice finds Chris. I like those Noel lamp posts too. It has been a good year here on Long Island for me also. I scored a Mickey Mouse yesterday for $20. I was happy and so were my kids. That big sale that you e-mailed me about was a bust. The guy wanted hundreds of dollars for everything. He thinks that a Union nutcracker is worth $100 and they are in really crappy shape. Thanks again for the heads up.
  11. I knew it! Just don't leave out the Santa and reindeer blowmolds. LOL
  12. Wow! That guy is HUGE! I will probably be able to see it from my house! (Seriously) I'm trying to figure out where in your yard you will put it. I can't wait to see your display this year.
  13. I know about the 40" but this was bigger. I wasn't able to get a picture when I was there. If I could have touched it I would have looked for a logo or something. I'm still waiting on a call back from him. If I do go back I will definitely get a picture. Thanks for the replies so far.
  14. I went to see a guy that listed stuff on Craigslist. It turns out that he used to do a huge display but hasn't done one in 10+ years. He wants to sell some of his stuff so I went to see what he had. As soon as he opened his 1st shed I saw a Poloron moving Santa! It was in good shape but the paint was old and faded. He wasn't selling it. He then pointed out a huge soldier. (It was on it's side so it could have been a nutcracker). It was blue and he told me that it was rare. Duh! It had too much crap in front of it but it looked to be about 4ft or taller. I asked him if he knew who made it and he said it was Empire. Sooo.... my question is did Empire or anyone else ever make a huge soldier blow mold? It was close enough to a 30" mold so I know that it was definitely at least 48". I looked on my cd and on blow-molded.com and didn't see anything like it. I know someone will know this but I need to know because some people think that I am crazy and that I was drinking too much. Help! Thank you in advance. I will try to call this guy tomorrow because he didn't let me buy anything from him until he figures out exactly what he is selling. If I do go back, I will DEFINITELY take a picture.
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