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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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About johnsmom59

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  • Birthday 09/20/1959

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    Love blowmolds, just starting to collect
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    Fenton and Christmas!
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    Not very large, small front yard
  1. Trying to thin out some of our blow molds! We have Empire Mary $10 Empire Joseph $10 Empire Baby Jesus $7 Empire Wiseman set of three (I will consider splitting them up) $30 We will ship, but prices are for local pickup in southeast Michigan.
  2. Thanks! Its nice to know others like it too!
  3. Found this huge hanging ornament at a local yard sale this weekend, no info anywhere on who made it. I know it is not a blow mold, like a plastic flat back with two sides put together. It is 3 feet tall...any suggestions on manufacturer or time period would be welcome. I am guessitimating from the 60's but do not remember ever seeing one like this. Thanks!
  4. Perusing CL, happened to see these ones. I do not know the seller but did remember some have been searching for them. Hope this helps someone! http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/clt/2409799383.html
  5. Not just shrinking to one side...someone poked him and put wire through him....poor Santa! Thanks for helping ID him!
  6. These are the backs of them. Thanks for the information!
  7. Does anyone have any idea on who made this huge Santa's? I have researched on the faded one, then found the second one who is in better shape. Both are 54". Hubby says too many of them are following me home lately! Thanks!
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