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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.

Franchise_24

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About Franchise_24

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  • Birthday 09/10/1978

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The birth of Jesus.
  • Location
    Lexington, Ohio
  • Biography
    Married, 1 son
  • Interests
    Computers, Model A Ford's
  • Occupation
    Remote IT Support
  • About my display
    Love the vintage stuff.

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  1. Shane, sorry this is almost a 2 year old reply, but yes I put white lights in the mechanical Santa's arms to make them brighter. Was my dad's idea a few years earlier so I added them back in after I repainted him.
  2. I got all the stuff done on my roof over the last week, but of course one of the reindeer burned out while I was testing so I have to get back up there one more time and then no more roof unless I need to fix something. Stinks with getting off work at 5pm and home by 5:15 it gets dark 10 minutes later, so I am going to try to do little things here and there throughout the week and then hit it hard this Saturday the 17th and try to get things wrapped up. Lights go on the day after Thanksgiving so I want to be all ready. Hope everyone else is doing good!
  3. We go live on Black Friday. I am not done yet, but I've paced myself with a schedule of what I want to do each night and I should be ready to go live on Friday as planned.
  4. Not sure if anything like this has ever been posted, but here are the original directions that came with the Poloron Mechanical Santa. It was too long to fit on 1 scan so I had to divide it up so the whole thing could be seen. Enjoy!
  5. We go live the day after Thanksgiving and I just started getting stuff down today. Then I found out I may have to work that Friday too. How is everyone coming?
  6. Cool. Maybe I won't really mess with it. I was thinking of doing something with the list since it is so plain, and maybe painting his face flesh tone...not sure what I will do just yet.
  7. My father-in-law found this at a garage sale today for $4.00. It is marked Union on the bottom. Mel, can you weigh in on it? Do we have a picture for this one of what it looked like originally? Seems like it may be missing some color but not sure. Thanks!
  8. While I know it's halloween, I still wanted to share. It is stamped on the bottom Empire 1969. I got it for 50 cents :-D
  9. Awesome, thanks for that info, I will make some time here and check it out. Does the flame just pop off? I didn't see any screws around it or anything...
  10. So much this. When I first started I painted my Poloron Mechanical Santas lantern. It looks amazing...then I put a light in it. So I stripped it and did it over. Had a light in everything ever since. I found I actually did alot of my painting at night in my side yard with them lit up. May a world of difference.
  11. Glenn what is the fully automated frosty the snow man?
  12. Search one of my threads where I redid most of my blow molds. Oven cleaner! Yep, oven cleaner is where it's at. You can spray it on the mold, come back a few hours later and the paint just falls off. Never any damage to any mold either.
  13. Does anyone have any info or links to this Cado company people were talking about and what Christmas molds they have?
  14. Want to talk about corporate greed and sending jobs overseas? I have worked for Best Buy for 8 years now. The last 5 of these years I have been working from home doing remote IT support. You have issues, you call in and link up with us, I fix your problem. Last Wednesday we found out that they are cutting 70% of our jobs (yes I got let go) and they are having our 3rd party company in the Philippines take over all the work. Talk about a kick in the gut! Now this with GF. Where are we ever going to get brand new molds now? I normally would buy 1 or 2 new ones each year, but who knows I may not even be able to afford to put up my display this year. Corporate greed sucks!
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