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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.
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  • 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 ann404

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  • Birthday 11/28/1974

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    I'm a 34 yr old Mom of two little girls, one is 4yrs, and the other is on her way due feb 8th. We all love the holidays.
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    New one; collecting blow molds :)
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    Stay at home mom
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    After Hurricane Katrina, I'm just starting over again :)
  1. Nice! Mine is a little display too, but I'd say it's a start. Hubby is already scared:)
  2. That looks awesome all together. Will make for a super display.
  3. I sure will let you know anything I find out. Poor Goofy just needs an ear I even posted to craigs list just encase. Hubby said do people even know what a blowmold is? So I guess that's a long shot, but you never know.
  4. Hi Gary, I did email someone on ebay that 'had' a set of Goofy ears. He asked me to email him back next week as he may get more in. I'm not sure where he is getting them from, but it's the same guy that had the nose, I just think he's a little high on his parts and shipping cost. Well, that's ebay thought
  5. Oh I see, well I did tell Gen. foam rep. that the mold states Santas Best on it, but they still didn't know what I was talking about I'll try one more time to get them to understand, hehe, now that I do. Thanks
  6. I've been trying to find a goofy ear, and someone mentioned general foam as the maker and that they may still have some parts. However they want a model number that starts with GFC, and should be on the box or instuctions. I don't have either of these, and I'm not sure I understand why they can't just say if they have a goofy ear or not!! Anyway if you happen to know this number please post. I'm also looking for the model number to the mickey as he needs a nose. Thanks,
  7. Wow I've never seen that before either. Is the plastic on the trunk/branches brittle? It looks very neat, I don't know if I'd sell it:)
  8. Thanks, Now I understand the Ammonia, as there is a soap film that I had to go back and wash off of a few. I'll make sure 'hubby' cleans them with that first. So far the hardest one was the angel. I used a toothbrush and many passes to get into all the textured areas. She came out very nice and I'm surprized how well the inside cleaned up too. Now the TPI snowman I'm not sure about. He's the last one to clean, but he's the worst of all. There's no big openning on him to get into the inside, and he's got a big nasty crack. He's got lots of mud in him too. So I'm still deciding if I can do anything with him, but the rest are clean:)
  9. Yep, I've been looking on ebay, and I'm surprized by the prices too. Anyway, if they got it to spend, good for them, I'll just scrub up my free stuff and be happy
  10. Oh please post a picture. I won't have any idea of it's worth, but it sure sounds neat:)
  11. Thanks, Hubby thought he would HAVE to help wire it all up, hehe, he was wrong. Well, this is a little display, but christmas should be bigger:)
  12. That's a good find, it's very cute with the elves.
  13. This is just the start, I'm already looking for more. The 6 blowmolds are the ones found in the trash all cleaned up. http://ann404.smugmug.com/photos/393944118_jWDJm-L.jpg These are some of the ones I think cleaned up the best, but I still have three waiting to be cleaned. They were heavily disinfected before I brought them inside http://ann404.smugmug.com/photos/393944961_eDFJg-L.jpg http://ann404.smugmug.com/photos/393933877_2GWwf-L.jpg Oh and one small question. On a few the paint rubbed off (I was scrubbing them well). It's not peeling, just rubbed off. The x-mas bear in the last pic is a good example. My question, do I need to strip these to repaint? I'm thinking when lit at night you may see a difference if I don't strip them first?? I know it sounds like I'm trying to get out of work here, but I'm pregnant so it's hubby that must do the harsh chemical part Also what does the ammonia do? Does it help at all with the paint sticking?? Still looking for a good source for Krylon paints. Thanks,
  14. Yep I just tried True Value and S. williams paint store. No orange for plastic. I may just use what I got and repaint next year. Still would like an online source so I'll have the right stuff for the rest:) Oh does using a primer help?
  15. Wow, This got me thinking. How sad that someone would want to ruin what you put out for everyone to enjoy. Just remember that most people would be happy to see someone take the time, money, and energy to put out a nice display. I know every year we enjoy finding nice displays, helps with it feeling like the holidays. Thought I never do see many blowmolds now-a-days. Sorry to hear that happen,
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