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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.

55cgas

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    Christmas Vacation
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    NJ
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    Yes Virgina, there is a Santa Claus
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    Cars, Football, Softball, Baseball, Christmas
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    Technician
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  1. 55cgas

    C7 LED Retrofits

    What are the BEST C7 LED retrofit bulbs? And when I say BEST I mean the absolute closest to incandescent. I can't stand the cold look of LED lights, I am going back to incandescent's next year but i'd like to still use LED C7's to line my house, only because i'd prefer 1 watt per bulb instead of 5 or 7 watts. If I can't find what i'm looking for, then i'll just use incan's to line the house. Thanks, Mike
  2. If you're talkin the one inside. It's not blow mold, looks more like fiberglass. All american Christmas Company made it, i believe. http://www.allamericanchristmas.com/fs/fiberglass-nativity/exclusive
  3. Look at the weight, 22.3 pounds. I don't know any blowmolds that weight 22.3 pounds....
  4. That Santa and Snowman are ceramic, they aren't blowmolds.
  5. Let us know how they are. If you like them, I may buy a few.
  6. I do agree, I bought all these molds new in the 80's and 90's too. I would wake up at 6am and go to the many stores that carried them, the day after Christmas, and get them for 50% off, so yeah, I know where you are coming from. But you have to understand now that none of these companies exist anymore nor do most of the stores that carried them back then. Whats left out there is all that's left and the more people that want them the higher the prices will be. I go to MANY and drive past MANY garage sales in my area and never see any blowmolds, I have no idea where these people go to find the molds they find at the prices they find them at.
  7. The third one I linked has a best offer feature, so i'm 99.9% sure you wouldn't be paying $50 shipped.. I don't know, while you say the vast majority is over priced, I just don't see it that way. I have found so many good deals on eBay. Take for example a couple months ago, I bought 4 Poloron reindeer for $150 shipped. I bought a Poloron mechanical Snowman working with the original shovel for $900, I bought multiple Poloron sleigh's for between $40 and $60, Poloron carolers for $75 each, Empire mechanical sleigh for $125 shipped. Do some seller overprice their blowmolds, absolutely!! There are insanely priced blowmolds on ebay but if you know how and where to look, you'll find great deals. I mean, you all can continue bashing ebay, that's fine, i'll just continue to find the deals.
  8. I don't understand the hatred for ebay... There are some very good deals on ebay... These all seem to be in line or less than what you paid. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Christmas-Blow-Mold-Gingerbread-Figures-Boy-And-Girl-Two-Sided-Pair-Lot-Of-2/382597647509?hash=item591498cc95:g:VfgAAOSwu7xbpo8I:rk:3:pf:0 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Christmas-Blow-Mold-Gingerbread-Figure-Two-Sided-Boy-Girl/382595696927?hash=item59147b091f:g:DEMAAOSwy2pbpo~W:rk:7:pf:0 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Christmas-24-Gingerbread-Boy-Girl-2-Sided-Lighted-Union-Blow-Mold/232967702538?hash=item363df5080a:g:XVgAAOSwGI9bxRNB:rk:13:pf:0 https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Union-Gingerbread-Man-Blow-Mold-w-Candy-Cane/232974574440?hash=item363e5de368:g:zPsAAOSwMBdbzLND:rk:42:pf:0
  9. I use citristrip but honestly, any paint stripper will work, just dont keep them on too long.
  10. LOL, good luck with that... They are extremely hard to find.
  11. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Poloron-Mechanical-Blow-Mold-Snowman-5-Tall/162876044813?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649 Just as I suspected... Fake bids!!!
  12. 55cgas

    GFP Closing

    https://pilotonline.com/business/consumer/article_b7a7b044-aef9-5bfb-8fe8-15cb85ea8590.html?utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=Fredericksburg Business Insider&utm_campaign=Fredericksburg Business Insider https://pilotonline.com/business/consumer/article_b7a7b044-aef9-5bfb-8fe8-15cb85ea8590.html?utm_source=WhatCountsEmail&utm_medium=Fredericksburg Business Insider&utm_campaign=Fredericksburg Business Insider
  13. There are 3 companies currently making blowmolds... Gemmy Cado/United Solutions (reproducing some Union blowmolds) Christmas Light Creations (currently reproducing some old Grand Venture blowmolds)
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