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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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RichardG last won the day on August 14

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About RichardG

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  • Birthday 07/05/1992

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  • My favorite Christmas story
  • Location
    Interlachen, Florida
  • Biography
    The name is Richard.
  • Interests
    Blow molds
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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 the lanterns from last year are not back. The snowman head is and they have a penguin head that is new for this year.
  2. I never realized that lol. I can’t wait til Christmas.
  3. I’m just now seeing this. How are you doing??
  4. Thanks. They really are. Kind of weird design to light but is what it is lol. A better pic of it lite.
  5. 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.
  6. These will not light at all. Don’t waste your time drilling them. Someone has already tried and sadly. Nothing.
  7. 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.
  8. Mrs. Claus, Toy Soldier, Penguin, Dancing Santa, Nativity set, pallet of candles.
  9. Yes, the tree was the only change. Shamed they didn’t release any of the other stuff they got from GF other than the soldier. Takes them long enough to get a catalog out. Price sheet was available in November/December but no catalog lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Oh that is so cool! I talked to Claude back at GF auction and asked if he would post a video. He said he would, but never heard more. Thank you for sharing! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Sadly Linus never made it to production. After GF began selling everything, the 3D prototype was sold to a collector, but that’s it. And sadly, I was not the collector. Lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Back was never painted. And to me paint looks good. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. RichardG

    Huge score

    Correct. GFP also made it too Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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