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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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    1. We here in Fulton, Illinois have a spectacular attraction....an 1860's village that was built by a couple in an old abandoned rock quarry! They built the buildings and crated paths and we have Crafters there during the year for special events, showing the lifestyles of the 1860's. There is a town hall, church, house, summer kitchen, log cabin, blacksmith shop, iron works, school, print shop, general store with many shops in it and more! Each year we put on a Christmas walk and an illuminated walk at night lit by kerosene lanterns. Below are pictures of the Canyon. If you are around the western
    2. We took our outside display down yesterday. It took us about 5 hours to get everything hauled back to storage, 200+ blowmolds, many strands of lights, poles, signs, etc. We made pretty good time this year. It's amazing how much quicker it comes down than goes up! I hate this time of the year because as said by others, the season goes by so fast. We can still carry the spirit of the season as long as we can into the new year, but that becomes more and more difficult by the negative attitudes of others and the rudeness/tragedies we witness on a daily basis. I am challenging myself to try and car
    3. I know this isn't about blowmolds, but this is the thread where I know the most people, and I know some of you collect donations with your displays as well. To anyone who collects for Make A Wish, did you have to do anything special to collect for them? Any paperwork, etc? I have collected a little for them the last 2 years, but this year want to sit out with a collections bucket at the end of the drive and want to make sure everything is on the up and up. We will also be handing out candy canes along with the story of the candy cane. Any info would be great. Thanks everyone and happy decorati
    4. Wish someone close by carried the large snowman with the charcoal eyes! Luckily we have several store within a 45 mile radius that carry them period. I do think they are making a comeback...more and more being carried each year, yea! There is a small local store that carries molds each year. This year they had a ghost sitting on pumpkin, Frankenstein, 2 witches in 2 different color schemes, cat coming out of pumpkin, tombstone with skeleton popping up, gargoyles, skeleton man with coat and hat, and a couple pumpkins. It was a nice selection and even though the colors were dark, they looked
    5. I can no longer find them on the site today either. I did get a reply from a Menards PR lady who is checking into it, so we will see what they say. I must not have been the only one who tried ordering and couldn't.
    6. Yep, that's why we went out of our way to go order it, just to be told it wasn't available. Maybe we'll try again next month in case they are not available from GF yet.
    7. Also to note, the Menards in our immediate area (30 miles around us) has the train for $139.99, while some 60+ miles away have it at $79.99. Like I said though, none we contacted could even special order it for us, and that was 5 store around us even though Menards website showed each of the store having it as a special order only item.
    8. Tried several Menards in a 2 hour radius and none of them could special order the train. They said it may not be available yet. Just a FYI.
    9. Tried several Menards in a 2 hour radius and none of them could special order the train. They said it may not be available yet. Just a FYI.
    10. I picked these up behind a shed in central Illinois covered in weeds along with some others. I got the Jesus the first time down a few weeks ago and picked up these 3 this time. They didn't have Joseph or the other wiseman. Thanks for the info everyone!
    11. I am sure someone will jump on this quick with an answer, but I couldn't find these pictured blow-molded.com unless I just missed them. Anyone know who made these? Not the best looking for sure! Thanks all!
    12. Awesome job again! Another question, what product did you go with to strip off the old paint? Thanks!
    13. Yesterday I went to some garage sales and picked up 2 sitting teddy bears, a north pole sign, a pumpkin, Tigger, Pooh, and Snoopy for $35. I couldn't stop fast enough after seeing the 3 Santa's Best pieces!
    14. Good tip Dave! I hadn't thought about that before. Action lighting is just over $4 for 25 bulbs, but shipping for 5 boxes is $18. I guess I have some time to figure it out, huh?
    15. 36 total or so, and a couple broken ones not shown. Not the record for me however as I have hauled over 80 in one load when I first started buying, although many were nutcrackers and soldiers which stack easy and take up minimal space!
    16. Most were donated to us by one family, but we did buy 8 of them from another person for around $100.
    17. Those do look great! I would imagine it isn't too bad of a project?? What brand of paint did you use for the repaint? Great work!
    18. Yes, I never see that Mr/Mrs Claus! Jealous!
    19. ALSO, In trying to work on our website and add new features, if you would like your website linked to ours, simply send me a pic and your address and I will add it to our site. The pic will be pretty small for the link badge, so keep that in mind. We get decent traffic in the winter months and would like to help others get more hits as well.
    20. Yesterday we drove 4+ hours round trip to meet with a some great people. First we met a lady who had a LOT of molds that were given to her years ago and had been sitting behind her shed in her back yard. They were very dirty covered in weeds and thorns and some had snails and slugs on/in them! We dug through the pile and got as many of the pieces that were in good shape as we could. A few were pretty brittle and broke when grabbed, but many were still in good shape after cleaning. Unfortunately we had to leave behind about 6 reindeer, the sleigh, TPI nativity figures, some snowmen, a north pol
    21. I had thought I posted under this topic, but i guess not! So here it is from last year.
    22. Very nice! Thanks for sharing. It looks like a beautiful setting for a candlelight service!
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