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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.

mdpeterman

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About mdpeterman

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  • Birthday 05/04/1993

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    Columbus, Ohio
  • Biography
    I love Christmas and Lights!
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    Lights, Blowmolds, Inflatables
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    Student
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    It gets bigger every year!

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  1. Love the Letters to Santa Mold. Never seen it before. Must be new this year?
  2. Have to get rid of my Nativities so all 4 of them are up on Craigslist. Local pickup only - central Ohio area. Please make an offer if interested. I moved to California and can't keep any of my molds anymore TPI Nativity https://columbus.craigslist.org/clt/d/tpi-plastics-blow-mold/6333190826.html Child Nativity https://columbus.craigslist.org/clt/d/child-nativity-general-foam/6333185029.html Gen Foam Regular Nativity https://columbus.craigslist.org/clt/d/blowmold-nativity-general/6333185500.html Life Size Nativity https://columbus.craigslist.org/clt/d/general-foam-life-size/6333086111.html
  3. I got a great deal at my menards on dec 18. I picked up a train & tender car and a life sized nativity. Had to go borrow a van to get it home!
  4. Well, since we are in the blow mold forum, I'd recommend a "life-size" blow mold nativity. General Foam would likely be the easiest to come across.
  5. Mind if I ask what their pricing was for him?
  6. I see $139.99 here in Ohio too. But if I select the Indiana stores I get the $79.99 price. I'm hoping I can get it for $79.99 special order at an Ohio store soon.
  7. I agree through, he is a great seller. I bought several molds from them in the past couple of weeks.
  8. I messaged Tom2005Dogs on eBay and they said they sold their last set a month or so back.
  9. Has anyone purchased through them before? I'm looking for the Victorian Caroler Set and they are the only place I am finding it. Home Depot has it on their website, but are sold out. http://www.homedepot.com/buy/general-foam-38-in-caroler-statue-hd-c5160.html#.UGMiFrQynGk Thanks!
  10. Your sun hill skeleton mold is in much better shape than mine! Mine needs re-painted but I don't have the skill to do so!
  11. I love them bright! Got out the Dremel with a cut wheel and worked like a champ! Got my new GF Santa (the Menards exclusive) up and running with a CFL. I'm kind of surprised GF hasn't replaced the sockets with a new design that allows for CFLs to be installed without modification.
  12. Does the plastic cut easily without cracking?
  13. Hello! I have always used incandescent bulbs in my molds so far, bust Sam's club had a great deal on 6 pack of 60-watt equivalent CFLs for $2.39. I tried installed them in GFs standard socket and they don't work! It seems as if the socket is too recessed for the bulb to make contact. Have any of you had a similar experience? Do you have and recommendations for resolving this? Thanks!
  14. Tonight I picked up a few molds from my Menards. I picked up the exclusive 48" Santa (already have 2 of them from Empire, but wanted to get it from GF as well). I also picked up a camel for my nativity, and two more deer for my santa and sleigh. I think I will pick up the marble nativity at a later date. Wish my Menards had the Santa train w/ car, I really would like to add one to my display this year.
  15. Has anyone seen a Santa Train and Tender car at a Menards (or anywhere) this year? I really want one of those, but shipping them is so darn expensive!
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