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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.

Mel Fischer

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  • Birthday 06/18/1941

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    Mount Vernon, Washington, USA
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    Retired
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    Our main decorating interests are in blow molds and wireframes. At this time our display is 99% static and will probably remain so.
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  1. The pink gown angel was made by Union Products. Mel
  2. I agree, I had the opportunity to buy two at the time I bought ours and passed on the second one, the only reason I do not regret not buying both is that a friend of ours got the second one. Mel
  3. A few variations in how the angel was sold in the 1960's. Mel
  4. Donna, We do not have the Holiday Innovations Pixie Toy Soldier so I can not compare between the Poloron and HI one but we do have the Holiday Innovations Pixie Santa and he has PTN molded in to him which was the parent company of HI so possibly the HI toy soldier could have the same molded into him. Mel
  5. Original paint we have one in our collection also. Mel
  6. I would feel comfortable saying your set was made by Poloron. Holiday Innovations did make that set and they did not take the Poloron name off a lot of the molds but they did not make them until 1988-1991. Making them that late they would not have used the older cords for the lighting. As for the Empire set, Empire purchased the Poloron molds from PTN (Holiday Innovations) in 1992 and made them under the Empire name. Empire did not make or sell any blow molds with the Poloron name on them. Mel
  7. Donna, your Santa, Sleigh and Reindeer are Definitely Lidco. Here's a newspaper ad showing it with some other Lidco decorations. Mel
  8. Donna, Yes, I see what you are referring to, the color differences can be easy to explain, they just used a different color flame in 1990 and I assume the band is just painted different colors. They were still from the same candle mold. The two shrink wrap candles are the only candles I can think of that used that particular smooth mold.
  9. That is why I checked the part number on the Empire mold master list because I could not think of any candles that Empire made that would be smooth for the shrink wrap to fit over. Mel
  10. Thank you for posting the pictures of the candles, these are the first close up pictures of them that show the design that I have seen. They are so rarely seen that I had forgotten about them, like Ted I thought the flames looked like Empire but wasn't sure. I see from the Empire part number on the candle that the candle mold itself apparently was made specifically for that candle at the time as Empire calls it a "Candle with shrink sleeve" in their master list for their molds. They introduced your candle as new in 1990 with a catalog #1601 and called it a "Decorative Candle", in 1991 they made it again and they introduced another candle as new using the same candle mold but with a different shrink wrap design and gave is a catalog #1600. They called that one a "Decorative Candle (Poinsettias)". Mel
  11. I love your candles by the fireplace, do you know who made those? Could you post a close up picture of those so we can see some of the detail on them? Mel
  12. Charlie, I did not think you ask you if you made those. If there is a next time I will remember. Mel
  13. Those look to be the large Santa's Best Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I have occasionally seen replacement noses for them on eBay. Mel
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