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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. www.ebay.com/itm/261358959292?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
  2. Where in the mid-Atlantic region do you live? As a Virginia native and resident, I know all too well about the extreme temps! I store most of mine in a temperature controlled storage unit. However, Halloween is stored in my attic and they do just fine up there. No problems or issues caused because of the extreme heat of the DC summers. They'll be just fine. I have a friend in Florida who stores his entire collection in the attic, and they are fine too. I mean, if you are able to keep them in a climate controlled place... that would be the best, but it's nearly impossible as the size of the collection gets bigger. I do recommend putting the molds in clear plastic bags for storage. They keep the paint protected, clean, and nothing can crawl up into them and you can carry a lot more at one time .
  3. Since General Foam just discontinued making most of them within the last couple of years, I venture to say no, they will be out of production for at least a while.
  4. Beco/General Foam. And yes, those are the correct pieces to the set.
  5. LOL, Brad...... As a resident of the area you are coming to, no you won't be finding any molds in stores here. Well, other than the normal nativity and penguin at Kmart. The ACE Hardware in Centerville might have a couple molds in, but I haven't looked over there in a few years (never had anything I wanted). If they do, it'll be one or two common items.
  6. Thank you for posting the pictures, Bill.
  7. I've got a poor photo of me transporting the GF life-size wisemen, 3 camels, and the shepherd in a Kia Sorento...
  8. They look great, Mel! I've been trying to find that set (have Mary and Joseph now) for a while! Congrats!
  9. I have a few photos I can send in in the next couple of days (I fixed the potential issue ). I have more (mostly General Foam stuff, but a mix for sure) that just aren't convenient to haul home right now.
  10. I believe that you were the one who got me started on the bags. I used to have to make mine to fit the larger molds before I went to the drum liners. It's definitely worth the time that it takes to put bag them. Better condition and can carry a lot more a one time
  11. I'd say pretty much as organized as it's going to get. Most of my 200 are in there.
  12. Tyler

    2013 Gf Molds

    I don't know when Andrew will be back on to answer, so I will for him. The store is in central Florida.. Tampa, more specifically.
  13. Tyler

    2013 Gf Molds

    Here are the other pictures.
  14. Can you post a picture of the 3 new molds (santa, angel, snowman) that is not the rendering of them from the catalog? Thanks!
  15. Mel, TPI did make a matching cow.
  16. The wisemen haven't had jewels since 2009.
  17. +1 Actually, I would love to know who's been talking about us behind our backs? It's not very Christian to slander someone or to listen to someone else slander. Shouldn't you form your own opinions on people rather than join a forum where a bad picture was already painted in your mind? If this place is as really as evil you make it out to be then what's the point of being here? You have prejudged everyone beore you joined and you are judging us more now. That's not very Christian, either.
  18. All of us have a problem. We hoard painted hunks of plastic. The display looks nice, Jim!
  19. Disapointed in the Linus Halloween. I'll get one, but it's breaking my no more Halloween molds thing. gah! There's a bunch of molds that no longer appear in the catalog, which also is disheartening, but what can you do.. the search begins! What I see off the top of my head, the promo carolers, SB santa, SB snowman, SB nativity, brown teddy bear, brown cub, SB candle,victorian carolers, and the scary candles aren't in there anymore..
  20. General Foam bought the Empire molds about a decade ago
  21. go to photobucket and post them that way
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