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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.

RichardG

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    Interlachen, Florida
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    The name is Richard.
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    Blow molds
    Inflatables
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  • About my display
    My display consists of blow mols and inflatables. And lots of lights.
    Each year something new is added.

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  1. Sadly they scrapped a lot. Specially the bigger ones. 😕
  2. There was a published list of the molds, but it wasn’t very accurate as some had been sold after the lost was published. The list didn’t have prices though. And the molds were sold in lots. There are some molds on eBay that the scrapper who bought them is selling.
  3. I believe the whole set. As for the SB set I honestly don’t remember even seeing it, but don’t think anyone got it. Only SB mold I know of selling was Mrs. Claus
  4. I’ll have to go back through the pics, but it was a pallet of candles. Had a Noel candle and what looked like the Mediterranean candles. I have some replacements but buried. Got a bunch from the last time I was at GF.
  5. Sadly the lanterns from last year are not back. The snowman head is and they have a penguin head that is new for this year.
  6. I never realized that lol. I can’t wait til Christmas.
  7. I’m just now seeing this. How are you doing??
  8. Thanks. They really are. Kind of weird design to light but is what it is lol. A better pic of it lite.
  9. They are very cool and bigger than I thought. You may also try Amazon. They have them listed on there and are cheaper. Either way I’m happy with mine.
  10. These will not light at all. Don’t waste your time drilling them. Someone has already tried and sadly. Nothing.
  11. If you can use the coupon the price is more reasonable. Also they accept AC Moore coupons too. I got the pumpkin man today, they didn’t have the cat out yet and said they were behind schedule today. So I’ll try again Saturday.
  12. Mrs. Claus, Toy Soldier, Penguin, Dancing Santa, Nativity set, pallet of candles.
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