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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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About fawkes

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  • Birthday 05/11/1991

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    Central Illinois
  • Biography
    My name is Ryan. I like music, movies, hanging with friends and Art.
  • Interests
    Collecting Blowmolds and Harry Potter.
  • Occupation
    I work at Pizza Hut
  • About my display
    I collect Blowmolds and currently have 121 with more coming each week!

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  1. Im so sorry , I will put you and your family into my prayers this evening. I hope your hand gets better as well. If I lived in your area I would volunteer to help you put up your Christmas display in a heartbeat. Take Care Matilda!
  2. WOW! Tom that is SPECTACULAR! Everything is amazing! Wow! Your indoor Christmas displays are always jaw-droppingly amazing, but I think this is my all time favorite indoor display on PC!
  3. Looks awesome Shawn! That Chimney is awesome! The whole display looks great!
  4. Without a doubt! I think if a bunch of us who want a train or want to participate, send a bunch of letters and cookies and all that it would definitely make an impact on Menards...:santasmileyitty:
  5. Shawn that sounds like a great idea! I will bake snickerdoodles that spell out SANTA TRAIN in frosting with a letter on each cookie...that will make an impact. It will also come with a nice letter of how the Santa Train is a good seller and how it would benefit the company...lol The things I would do for this mold
  6. I stopped in tonight at the Galesburg, IL store, no Candy Canes, but everything else that people have been seeing. I grabbed the Snowman with Pipe and a Red and Green Penguin. Has anyone noticed that the Snowman with pipe's pipe is attached to the cheek? I thought that was strange. I took a look around saw some cool new wireframes, they had a really cool red NOEL. They also have an abundance of "crap" aka the plastic sheets with lights. I hate those things with a passion. They had some awesome new LED things though. Cool new Pathway lights, and a huge blowmold selection. I really wish they had the Santa Train too : ( I really have to get one before Christmas...
  7. That stinks when do you think the tree will be down? Mine is only halfway done and its so late in the month I doubt Im going to finish it, my sickness has set me back. Darn Pigs and thier flu lol...I don't have any spark for the Halloween display this year, but I cant wait for Christmas!
  8. Thats really cool Jen!!! How's your Halloween display coming together?
  9. lol I couldnt agree more. I have to order a nose pretty quick. I found one in the garbage a while back ago and need a nose, the one I found had no nose. For now Hes Michael Jackson's pudgy white cousin...
  10. Ohh Dang! How long do the sales go on for on the Penguin and Snowman?? I would go tomorrow but I'm not supposed to go around the general public till Friday. lol. I also need to grab whatevers left in the Halloween dept. lol. :121_reindeer:
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    LMAO!! Hahahaha! Thats hysterical!
  12. I saw these the other day! I was like "WTF?!?!" and my friends thought I was nuts but oh well...:121_reindeer: Its great seeing this mold back! Its always been one of my favorite Empire pieces. Im definitely going to grab one this week!
  13. fawkes

    Illinois Members!

    Nice to have you on the forum Chad and Elyse!!
  14. Lol If anyone on the site Has a set I am willing to pay for a set or just individual pieces, even ornaments :santasmileyitty:
  15. Looks Great! All it needs is some Hay
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