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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 skarah1313

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    • Birthday 10/05/1971

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      I love collecting blow molds. I collect Christmas as well as Halloween,Thanksgiving,and some Easter piece's. I mainly collect vintage Halloween and Christmas decorations and toys. I'm absolutely obsessed with blow molds. My ebay ID is skarah.
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      Gardening,blow molds,restoring antiques,going to antique stores,painting.
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      Secretary and part-time crazy cat lady. I model once in a while.
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      My display for Christmas AND Halloween grows out of control every year. Unfortunately,I have to keep most of my molds indoors since the kids in the neighborhood like to vandalize and steal stuff.I hope to move to the country someday so I won't have to deal with this problem and deed restrictions.I'm constantly on ebay buying blow molds for my collection. I'm partial to Union Products molds and have been since I bought my first Union mold of the haunted house. I have a new house so I'm now trying to get use to the layout of the place and placement of the decorations. If anyone has any tips on storing blow molds in attics or any other place,let me know. I can't walk around the attic anymore.

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    1. Thanks everybody. I'll have to try that grease. I've had a strand go out once because I overloaded the circuit and blew a fuse. But other than that,nothing has gone out yet because of the rust and water. We get rain during the holidays sometimes. I've had them for 2 years with the rust and they're still going. I guess I'll see what happens next Christmas.
    2. I think I'm going to cry. It's a good feeling to make someone happy when they really need it.
    3. I'm looking for the exact one I found on the ebay listing.
    4. How long do you think they'll last with the rust before I have to throw them out?
    5. I've had some L.E.D. icicle strands for two years now. They started rusting in the sockets the first year but still work. Should I scrap them or is rust a typical thing with them? I got them at Sam's.
    6. Here's the purple witch I'm talking about. [ATTACH=CONFIG]41945[/ATTACH]
    7. He also has paper stickers on him. It looks like it was made by the same company the made the purple witch I have in my collection. But that one isn't marked either so I don't know who made either one of them.
    8. He has a hole on the back,not the top,and has the plug in C7 light cord.
    9. Wanna sell it once it's thawed out?
    10. I wish! No,I got the set for $59.00 which I think is still pretty good.
    11. I found this green Owl in Cleveland. It's about 4 inches high and has stickers for eyes and claws. It has no markings. Anyone ever see this one before?[ATTACH=CONFIG]41443[/ATTACH]
    12. Thanks. It's been a while,I know. I'll check with Jen. THanks!
    13. Sadie,there were 3 on there about a week ago. The 2,ya know....waited too long to make up my mind. The third I missed out on because my phone had no service in the sticks. But there were some on there recently. I never got a name off of one in their descriptions though.
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