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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.


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About shannie

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  • Birthday 12/31/1975

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas Vacation
  • Location
    San Diego, CA
  • Biography
    I'm really here for all the good info on blow molds. I love Halloween, but I think Christmas time blow molds are very special.
  • Interests
    I love to sew and do all kinds of crafts. I'm hoping to put some of my skills to good use repairing my blow molds.
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    Lab Tech
  • About my display
    Empire sled and deer set, Poloron Rudolph, TPI 32" Adorable Santa, and 31" GF Seasons Greetings Snowman.

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  1. We put the lights on the front of the house yesterday and my little guy who isn't quite 2 yet was SO excited! He helped me carry santa's torso and then wanted to lift and hug all the deer. Then this morning on the way to school he needed to stop and say hi to our other santa. I think he was born a blow mold lover!
  2. http://www.planetchristmas.com/blow-molds/ I've probably read this article like 20 times, but I haven't tried it yet. It's very informative.
  3. Also, here in San Diego, the only place I've seen blow molds for sale was WalMart. And all they had was the snoopy molds and a couple jack o lanterns at Halloween. But that was probably about 3 years ago. Now they only carry inflatables. So craigslist is really the only way to get blow molds locally anymore.
  4. Thanks everyone. I'm considering the 3rd one and maybe the first. There is also this one. http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/for/4210146661.html So, I may just do the 2 "small" ones.
  5. I'm in southern california. San Diego area. Thanks!
  6. Wow! Looks amazing! I have major mold-envy!
  7. If no one takes me up on my Rudolph trade offer, I'm considering buying one of these snowmen. They all seem to be in great shape (Christmas is pretty sunny here). Is this a snow lady? http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/for/4210135871.html Is this Grand Venture? http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/for/4210097619.html Who made this one? http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/for/4210091639.html The prices seem reasonable to me. What do all you experts think? Thanks for your help!
  8. This may be a long shot. But I would like to trade my Poloron Rudy for a snowman. I have way too many empire deer and this guy isn't getting the love he deserves. I hope that he can find a new home with a Poloron lover who will welcome him to their blowmold family. And I have no snowmen for my display. Does anyone have one they would like to trade for my Rudolph?
  9. shannie

    How Many Deer?

    Thanks everyone! I knew there supposed to be 9! I only managed 2 total this year. It's tough to really focus on Christmas decor with 8-month old boy on the move. LOL!
  10. I think I may have seen this discussed here before, but I'm not sure it had it's own thread. My whole (almost 37 years) life I thought santa had 8 tiny reindeer plus Rudolph, to make 9 deer pulling the sleigh. Well, last night we watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and noticed that santa had 6 deer plus Rudolph. Then, on the way into work this morning I heard Little Saint Nick, and they sing about half a dozen deer with Rudy in the lead. What?! Did Santa drop 2 of his Reindeer when he hired Rudolph? So that there were 7 on that stormy night? What do you guys think? How do you set up your sleigh and reindeer? I've always been doing 4 sets of 2 and then Rudolph out front...
  11. Thanks so much Mel! I was skimming through the site looking for santas with white gloves, so I didn't even notice the "Adorable Santa". I would be more than happy to submit a good pic. My husband is a photographer and he said he could help me out with that. Where do I send the pic?
  12. I wish we had Menard's on the west coast! Thanks for sharing.
  13. shannie

    My Choir :-)

    What an amazing collection! Do you play choir music in your front yard?
  14. He was purchased in a estate sale lot with an Empire sleigh and reindeer many years ago. I think the sleigh and reindeer are from the 70's. He has Made In Canada printed on his underside. I didn't see anything like him on blow-molded.com. Thanks everyone!
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