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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.

slankard

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About slankard

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  • Birthday 08/27/1960

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Has got to be bringing my son home in a stocking Christmas Eve of 1997 (he was born Dec. 22).
  • Location
    Broken Arrow, Ok.
  • Biography
    I've been putting up Christmas Lights since I was a teenager. This year I'll be at 100,000 lights, about 129 blowmolds, 43 yard art displays, 42 of the wire mesh figures, and I'm currently displaying 32 telco motionettes . Yes, I have a Christmas problem...but it's fun!!!!
  • Interests
    Christmas Lights
  • Occupation
    house painter/retired teacher
  • About my display
    Well, I've mentioned the basic facts. I have a little over an acre to display and I'm located on a major highway in town. I have around 45 animated figures (motionettes) and I've build trains, castles, skating rings, Victorian Houses, and a few other outdoor structures to display them.

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  1. Very nice of you to say. The problem was the time and money I invested verses what I could hope to sell it for here in Tulsa
  2. Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to the completion.
  3. Merry Christmas to all and a happy and bigger 2020.
  4. Love the display and especially the pooch!
  5. Great idea and it looks awesome.
  6. Thank you so much for your help Mel. I think this set just earned a trip under the Christmas tree inside the den.
  7. The confusing part is that I have that exact set but marked empire.
  8. Rich, I bought two of those Home Depot candy canes yesterday, and I really like them. They're not as thick and heavy as the stuff at Lowe's.
  9. This is confusing. I bought a miniature manger set billed as poloron. I received it, but it doesn't match up with anything on blowmolded under poloron. It does look like the holiday innovations, but the light plates say poloron and all of the cords look to be from the 1960s. I've included pics. Joseph and Mary are each 17 inches tall. Any ideas.
  10. Thanks k c for posting. My desktop has been giving me fits for months so I don,t post as much, but I still follow pic. I try to tell everyone I can about pc and all of the help it's been. I would not be able to do half of what I do if not for the patient and helpful pc members. You'll find the members can answer just about any question you have!
  11. I finally got the blowmolds I've wanted for years just two weeks ago: the empire blowmolds train and tender. I told my wife I felt like I'd just made the Saturday night live five-timers club!
  12. I have plenty of the first wall mart LEDs I bought at least 10 years ago, when they were 60 count strings, and they still work great!
  13. Just sold the second one earlier this week. Ended up getting $100 for each of them, meaning I made about $4 an hour for my labor.. Won't be doing that again!
  14. That makes since, that is why I'm sticking to my guns. That's happened to me before as well.
  15. We're moving my mother into a retirement home (92 in December) and we're having an estate sale. I added a few surplus blow molds...a n eight piece nativity set, a tpi Santa, an empire snowman, the elf painting the workshop sign, and a life sized animated grinch and Santa....that don't work, plus two homemade 4x2 foot sleighs. I posted it on marketplace with date and time of sale. In two days I have answered hundreds of emails asking if they can by them now.. Am I missing something? I have stated no pre sales, no shipping, yet I'm feeling like I've done something horribly wrong! Do people not understand simple English? I'm dreading Friday at 8 am. There may be fist fights!
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