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  • 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.



Darrid last won the day on June 24 2016

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About Darrid

  • Rank
    Distinguished Member
  • Birthday 10/23/1969

Profile Information

  • My favorite Christmas story
    When I was 13, my Dad got me my first animation. It was a Tri State animated Santa. Still have him to this day!
  • Location
    Southgate, MI
  • Biography
    I have collected Christmas animation since I was 13 and have collected Christmas items and ornaments since I was 5. I also collect Hallmark ornaments and have almost every ornament made between the years of 1973 and 2005. Love Christmas props!
  • Interests
    I collect a lot of stuff!
  • Occupation
  • About my display
    Last open house I had 35 full size trees up, 27,000 lights inside the house and a 400# Christmas wreath outside that came from LS Ayres in South Bend.

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  1. Darrid

    My Love For Hamberger Displays

    Such a cute couple! These are both miniatures!
  2. Darrid

    My Love For Hamberger Displays

    Busy as a Bee!
  3. Darrid

    My Love For Hamberger Displays

    Is Spring finally here? Time to get some work done!
  4. Darrid

    Commercial Mechanical Display Companies?

    Champion Studios, Barrango, Spaeth and Lou Nasty are still around. There is also a company in Illinois called Fantasy Creations. There are currently several overseas. Harold Gale may be coming back later this year.
  5. Do you have pictures of these?
  6. Darrid

    My Love For Hamberger Displays

    Just got this guy finished up. There wasn't much left of him when I started.
  7. Darrid

    My Love For Hamberger Displays

    Spring is Here!
  8. Darrid

    My Love For Hamberger Displays

    Just me I think lol
  9. Darrid

    Where is it now! Uggg

    Still is not fixed. It had more hits than almost any forum in the group!
  10. Darrid

    Where is it now! Uggg

    What happened to the "My Love for Hamberger Displays" topic? It was one of the most active and now when I hit the link out of a former post notification, it's gone.
  11. Darrid

    My Love For Hamberger Displays

    Pretty much, they did a lot of custom pieces over the years
  12. Darrid

    My Love For Hamberger Displays

    I have a new shipment of OEM Hamberger motors. If anyone needs them, send me a PM/