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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.

Vlad

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About Vlad

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  • Birthday 03/08/1959

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  • Location
    NJ
  • Biography
    Just an old hippie who enjoys the same holidays that made life special as a kid, and wants to pass on the joy and meaning of them to the next generation
  • Interests
    Into Christmass, Halloween, haunting, prop making, Scout master
  • Occupation
    warehouse manager
  • About my display
    Mostly lighting and some blow molds
  1. Vlad

    8 For $15

    Thanks FP, judging by your avatar pic you've been plenty lucky lol
  2. Those can't be real Polar bears, they're not holding CocaCola bottles, lol.
  3. The Irishman in me says very nice.
  4. Very cool, thank you Mel.
  5. Vlad

    I Was On Tv!

    lol, congrats. Which was better, being on TV or getting the blowmolds????
  6. Vlad

    8 For $15

    Mel...... Thank you, excellent ID tips for the choir kids. Yes the girl has the mount for the lights on the side as well. I was aware that the dates of course only indicated when the molds were made, but included the info just in case anyone chimed in with more detail. Which you did and I thank you very much, lol. Brad... Noooooooooooooo lol. I like them all too much. To me the fun of collecting them in the wild (garage sales etc.) makes them more special than an Ebay buy and I couldn't part with them. I went out in one of our crazy NJ storms to get these. Rain. sleet, snow, bad roads. Gotta love being a blowmold fanatic lol. DD, BigBallo, Elaine, Scotty...... Yes, I also love that Santa. Very nice detail, I was lucky to get him. Peppers.... Thanks, it's nice to once in awhile get to them before they're all gone, lol. Ken
  7. Vlad

    8 For $15

    Hi all, just thought I'd share. Got these today. The soldiers are Union plastic injected and not true blow molds but I snuck them in the pics anyway, lol. Two Dapol candles, damaged but I'll repair them, Empire snowman 1971, and Dapol Santa 1973. The two choir kids I'm assuming are Empire. Ken
  8. Welcome back everyone. I was getting blowmold withdrawal symptoms lol. Anyone get anything new???????
  9. Vlad

    Thank you!

    Carrie thank you for all your hard work as a mod here, as a mod myself elsewhere I know how many countless hours you've put in for all of us. Ken
  10. Hi Doug, Very heart warming. Keep up the good work, Ken.
  11. Welcome to the forum King, your display looks great.
  12. My deepest sympathies to you and your whole family.
  13. Vlad

    Happy New Year

    Happy New Year to all !!
  14. Vlad

    Bad news

    Good deal, glad to hear it.
  15. I got an Empire pumpkin lol
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