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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 Minne-snowta

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  • Birthday 12/24/1960

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  • Location
    Minneapolis suburb
  • Biography
    48 yr old male. Likes to stay busy and isnt afraid to wander out into the cold.
  • Interests
    Lots of hobbies and interests. Like skiing and ice fishing in winter, motorcycling, vegetable garden, and stargazing in summer.
  • Occupation
    Employed in the technical field.
  • About my display
    Winter 2008 was my first year doing an outdoor display. I started with about 15 molds in late october 2008. My display had about 30 when i tore it down in january. Since then ive added to the storage problem by way of ebay, menards, and garage sales. To tell the truth ive lost count. Molds are spread out where ever i can find room to store them. Ive probably bought 150 more molds and kept 100 of them. My display focus this winter will be snowmen. Ill add some spiral trees and light strings in the bushes. This stuff is addicting..what have i gotten myself into? haha.

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  1. So i wonder what the deal is/was. Is christmas decorating a cyclical thing? Is it 'all the rage' for 5 or 10 years then trends change and it becomes passe' for 5-10 years? Or is it economy driven? Do people have more things to worry about these days than and putting up a lawn display?...or simply cant afford to buy the equipment and pay the additional electrical costs? Or is it closer to home? Is it this forum in particular? Were the rules too tight? Was the moderation to strict? Were there people here that drove other people away? Or, did other (better) christmas discussion forums open up which drew people away? What in heck happened?
  2. Very cool. Ive never seen these blowmolds before. (At least they 'look' like blowmolds.) I dont see a light cord. Who makes them? What era?
  3. Yeah, no kidding. I stopped getting the newspaper years ago and i dont remember seeing ads for blowmolds like that even then. Menards still sells them, but as far as im aware they just dont put them in thier ads anymore.
  4. Seems to me alot of people must be on the naughty list. This place used to be much busier. Where did everyone go?
  5. Oh, the reasons for my bad behavior are much too complex to be explained so easily.
  6. I always used a large ziploc baggie filled with pea gravel, inserted into the bottom of the blowmold. For the blowmolds with a 4-5" hole (where the baggie can fall out of the hole), i measured and cut a 3" wide 1/4" thk wood board slightly shorter than the inside of the base of the blowmold. Insert the weight bag, then insert the board one end first and lay it flat over the inside opening of the hole, then maneuver the weight bag to sit on top of the board. This worked for all except the largest blowmolds in high winds. In which case (2) pea gravel ziploc bags would do the trick. For blowmolds with small holes on the bottom, same baggie of pea gravel but this time no board. Just carefully feed the gravel bag in through the hole. It is a little difficult to get the baggie through the hole but believe me it works well. You just fill the bag a little less full to give the bag some room to elongate as it goes through the hole.
  7. Yes, ive been a very bad boy!!! So, should i expect a lump of coal in my stocking?
  8. Im unable to update or edit my profile, so there must be some restriction going on.
  9. I only get as far as a log in page. M-
  10. Hi...i went on a little drive this afternoon, looking for blowmolds. I checked the store that i said had 60 pails earlier this week. Now theyre down to 4. LOL. (the pic on the chrome rack) One is a Stanley something or other based on the sticker on the bottom. The one on the right is a Blinkey. The others look to be common GF stuff. There was also a nice flat back there too. I might go back for it tomorrow. The other 2 places i stopped had a few more. Goodwill had quite a few. If you see one here thats rare and you dont have it...i might go get it for you. M-
  11. Cant argue with that! Cool arch. Ive never seen one of those before. Is it custom made? M-
  12. This time of year must be bonus time for you. I was at the local thrift store a week ago looking for blowmolds, and they had about 60 of those pumpkin pails set out for sale. I looked at them for about 5 minutes, Some empire, grand venture, general foam and others from china. Black pumpkins, one that looked like Tigger, the most interesting/unique one was the pumpkin with a ghost peeking out the top like the one in your picture. Prices were 30-40-50 cents. M-
  13. You leave the tree up all year? How come? The two reasons i put mine away are 1.to gain back the space the tree takes up, 2. so people dont think im crazy...lol! now, in your defense, if i had a large tree like that i would deem it too much work and probably not set it up. (bah, humbug!!! lol) So , i can see why you might leave it up. I set up a 4 ft tree on the tv entertainment center, with all the lights zip tied in place and ornaments on it. Its sits waiting inside its box in the basement. (the box is one that a new water heater came in several years ago, trimmed to height and with a 'door' in the front.) Its a 3 minute deal for me to put up the tree. Carry it upstairs carefully, arrange the skirt and power cord, adjust a few ornaments, make sure the angel on top is facing forward. Voila. Its beautiful when its up. M-
  14. Not menards, at least not the ones in minnesota. M-
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