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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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  4. Yes, the tree was the only change. Shamed they didn’t release any of the other stuff they got from GF other than the soldier. Takes them long enough to get a catalog out. Price sheet was available in November/December but no catalog lol Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I did see many of these, available in Menards in the 2018 season.. the paint jobs here horrible.. so I passed
  6. Attached is the blow mold Halloween and Christmas blow mold list / flyer from Cado Plastics for 2019. Sorry the pages got out of order. The only thing that I noticed that changed was gingerbread tree has all white decorations on it instead of colored decorations.
  7. What if you prepped the mold with alcohol? Is it blotchy?
  8. Somewhere I came across the suggestion to use Pop Markers (isopropyl alcohol based) to restore the faded orange color for my 28" pumpkin. The picture of a regular pumpkin pail at the website was pretty good. They said it was better than paint because it showed the light inside the blow mold better. I decided to buy a container of the ink from a Chinese website where it was $1.80 for a 25 ml container wit the idea of applying it with an artists brush. It arrived today after 16 days shipping so I tried it out. Can't add the image of the ink bottle so see it here: https://i.postimg.cc/qvcSq5kZ/Artriink-pop-marker-ink.jpg Lessons learned: Don't use it straight out of the bottle. Dilute it with 90% isopropyl alcohol and then test a portion on the back of the mold. When you dilute the ink, make enough diluted ink to finish the job. It probably works best to use just one coat. I used about 1/3 of the 25 ml to coat the mold. My test was not as nice as what the website showed but I will try again with one of the faded pumpkins that I have in the attic. Cleanup is with the same alcohol.
  9. Anything that's come out in the last 30 years, with the exception of Michael Bubble of course!
  10. 'Simply having a wonderful Christmastime' by Paul McCartney makes me hurry to turn it off. Somehow it always comes on in the grocery store when I'm shopping and I wish I had ear plugs.
  11. I agree. Shame all that had to come to an end when Higbee’s closed. Seeing those animated displays is what spiked my interest and enthusiasm toward displays that move and entertain. Nothing wrong with lights-only on a house, it’s just that I want something different than my neighbors. Thnx for your response.
  12. Although I didn’t come along til 1967 I still remember the window displays in downtown and nothing this day and time compares to back then.
  13. I always have loved the classics. Don’t like it when they do remakes of the classics.
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  15. Yes, since you asked: I hate ‘Grandma got run over by a reindeer’.
  16. All right everyone, I'm doing some research for an upcoming podcast episode which will be about those Christmas songs we don't like.It's simple, just comment below or email [email protected] with your top Christmas songs you don't like. List as many as you like and you can even include some comments if you like. Now is the time to vent your thoughts on this. I'll compile all the results on the 20th of this month.Happy venting Cheers Duane
  17. Yes, absolutely. Higbee’s motto was, ‘We will not be undersold’. They’re long gone, and the Jack Casino is operating in that building. Only a little more than 5 months before we can start decorating again! I’m still in the market for a Santa train blow mold to use with my rotator motor. This is a very heavy-duty motor that was once used to spin and electrify gas station signs, like Sunoco and Shell. Or, if anyone on this forum has a better idea of how to use my motor, I’m open for ideas.
  18. What are the latest details? Is this still of interest? Have tariffs raised the cost? I’m interested but need to know approximate cost.
  19. For help with your project, have you considered talking to the staff/teachers at your local high school, or technical school? This could be a class project. Would be beneficial for your display and the students who would gain an understanding of electrical and motion. Secondly, trying to time the lid to raise and lower may be difficult. Instead, what about letting the lid open and close with the object (Tigger)? Just limit Tigger from raising too much, and the lid will be ok.
  20. Absolutely loved that. I didn’t live there, but in downtown Cleveland we had Higbee’s, who also had animated Christmas displays. What made your video so enjoyable was the music. And the Kresge store across the street did not go unnoticed.
  21. If anyone lives in or near Prescott AZ there are a pair of 42" Christmas blow molds listed for $20 each. Looks to be in new condition. https://prescott.craigslist.org/hsh/d/prescott-christmas-light-up-statue/6876953559.html The showed up as "nearby" when I searched on Christmas decorations. Unfortunately Prescott is hardly nearby for me.
  22. It's here! The 2019 schedule has been posted with a total of 80 class sessions, PLUS our Holiday Entertaining classes on Saturday. Your Expo pass gives you access to all classes (as long as they are on the day of your pass). Class reservations are only needed for the Hands-On Workshops and the Business track of classes. The sign up forms for those classes will be available within a few days, as will the class descriptions. See you at the Expo! https://www.christmasexpo.com/files/2019/2019_Education_Schedule.pdf The Christmas Expo Holiday Lighting & Decorating Conference is July 18-20, 2019 with pre-show workshops July 15-17. The conference is being held this year in Daytona Beach, FL at the Plaza Resort & Spa Conference Center (did I mention it's right on the beach?!). Learn more and register at https://www.ChristmasExpo.com
  23. Oh that is so cool! I talked to Claude back at GF auction and asked if he would post a video. He said he would, but never heard more. Thank you for sharing! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  24. Dougp


    Did you ever find them?
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