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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.
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  1. I'd like to see someone on this site put together a short history of the major blow mold companies and when they were in operation. I purchased two blow molds in the past two weeks from my local Goodwill outlet store. If I hadn't discovered this site in November while looking for a way to light a semicircular window, I would not have even thought to pick up the molds. Of course that led to me looking up General Foam Products (28" lighted penguin) and Union Products (30" angel). Sadly both companies have folded although a small number of products from UP are available after UP merged into Cado http://cadocompany.com/division.html I have about two dozen small molds and candy canes that I converted to 12V DC LEDs and look forward to doing the same with any molds I acquire. The GFP penguin was sold by Sears and Kmart as late as 2016 so may be fairly recent. It was missing the light at the back so I used a 4W 400 lumen chip-on-board LED to light it. That made it look really neat. The angel isn't illuminated but looks to be a good candidate for adding SMD 3528 strip lights wound around 1/2" PVC irrigation pipe.
  2. chad

    2017 Display

    My son and I got started on our 2017 display. San Diego weather was near perfect. New house = blank canvas
  3. Here's my display for 2017. Some molds are part of the show and some are not.
  4. Yesterday I went to my local Menards to see what sort of blow mold selection they had this year. As I assumed, not many GFP ones because of them going out of business, but to my surprise, the had a Cado/Union Santa, Snowman, Mrs. Claus, and Noel Candle! I'm going to try to get the Santa and the snowman this year at least. Are they at any one else's local Menards? I do feel sad GFP is closing next year, But i'm glad they'll have Cado ones. what do you think about Cado/Union?
  5. Hello everyone. I was wondering if any of you might be able to help me in my endeavor to expand my smaller sized nativity display. I already know where I can get some correctly sized angels, extra Shepherds and Josephs to stand in for shepherds, but what I would really like is to add a camel for my three Magi. But I am almost 100% certain that no company has ever produced a blow mold camel to go with this size nativity. Most of the figures are around 18" tall ( and a couple around 23") so just adding in the camel for the medium sized nativity you see around most places would look kinda off. As you can see by someone else display in one of the attached images. So would any of you know of a camel from any source that I might be able to use? Maybe not even a blow mold, but perhaps something I could make match the other figures through some creativity. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
  6. Hey guys, I have been wanting to get into blowmolds for a couple of years now ....but I know they are harder and harder to find now in your local town or city. I live in the San Antonio area and so far I have only seen some general foam molds at Gardenridge. They have a pretty good selection but a tad bit pricey....I wonder if anyone here has seen any molds at other big box stores this season. I remember a couple of years ago I saw some santas at walmart.
  7. Had a question about which lights work best in the blow molds. I know there are different makers and that may make a difference. I am wanting to light up my Empire Reindeer and feel the lights in them now are not bright enough. I have read older posts and haven't seen anyone use these incandescent bulbs I found at Lowes and wanted to see if anyone else used them or if they were safe or better options. They are 15 W Tubular light. I picked up some chandelierbulbs but they were too big to fit in the reindeer and I don't want to modify the hole to get the chandelier bulbs in. The tubular bulbs should fit with no problem. I couldn't find a link on lowes website but here is what I am thinking about using here. Yes/No/Maybe? Something better and more energy efficient? Thanks! Here's a pic of one of my reindeer
  8. Hello everyone! I am new to this forum, but have been decorating the house for the past 6 years (since I've owned a house). As I'm sure it is true with everyone on this site, it gets bigger and better each year! I just acquired a complete Empire Nativity (2 camels, 3 sheep, 1 donkey, 1 cow, 1 shepherd, Mary, Joseph, cradle and baby Jesus, 3 wise men, Empire star, 1 angel) and an Empire Santa Sleigh and 9 reindeer! I also picked up an Empire Santa holding a blue present, a empire clown snowman, and 2 candle sticks! I'm glad I took my trailer because I definitely needed it. I have many many questions on decorating, but this is my first question - what is the best way to mount the sleigh and reindeer to the roof? I was thinking about using a 2x10 board and screwing them in or maybe plywood? Any suggestion on what would work best? I also have a question on how to mount the reindeer to the board? I will post pics of my find and all the stuff as soon as I can upload the pics. Any helpful tips/pics/info would really be appreciated! I want to get this on the roof ASAP. :0)
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