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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.

christmas steve

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About christmas steve

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  • Birthday 11/01/1988

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    Lots of blowmolds
  1. You can try american sale here: http://holiday-decorations.americansale.com/search?p=Q&srid=S6-USCDR02&lbc=americansale&ts=custom&w=blowmold&uid=845492836&method=and&isort=score&view=grid&srt=20 Note sure about shipping though. If you have a Mendards in your area they might have it also.
  2. Awesome find, my personal favorite mold.
  3. Hi All, Just wanted to give everyone a heads up on a good source for molds in Ma. Took a swing by there today and prices are pretty good (slightly more than some online sources but probably cheaper after shipping is included). http://www.poolplace.com/outdoor.ivnu -Steve
  4. I would also say that my General Foam Products ( I have plenty of them) have all be excellent without any big flaws and I have honestly found the paint to hold up better than anything TPI or even Union ( They seemed to be hit or miss with Paint holding up good)
  5. I guess it's kinda bad that I threw this set away last year after I picked it out of the trash because I thought it was missing the santa piece lol?
  6. Hello, I have the original Bart Simpson inflatable ( Him sitting on boxes of presents) and was wondering if this one is rare? I can't seem to find him anywhere online as I want to find what I should be selling him for and probably want to sell it as I don't really use inflatables anymore in my display ( All blowmolds).
  7. Hello, I have a new TPI sitting bear that I bought a few years ago at Namco that I have no use for ( I bought 2 at the time). I would prefer local pickup ( Canton MA) or $40 or bo or trades for something I don't have
  8. christmas steve

    I hate GF

    I have noticed that the GF paint quality is pretty horrible but at this point I will take what I can get, I am only 21 and started collecting molds when I was about 15 so I as far as new molds go most of mine are GF with some Union and TPI mixed in and I am happy that they even make the molds anymore. I find the TPI ones have excellent paint quality with the Union's just a little behind in that area ( Some of my 80's Union molds actually have terrible paint quality but they did get better with it in the 90's it seems).
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