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Did you know?
  • 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.

Portland Matt


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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Winter of 1983, we got 15" of snow first time for us. School was cancelled for a week. We videotaped Christmas first time as well.
  • Location
    Portland, OR
  • Biography
    Raised in Oregon
  • Interests
    Christmas, nostalgia, estate sales
  • Occupation
    Loan Officer
  • About my display
    Mixture of vintage plywood and blow molds, recently purchased lights from Christmas Lights etc.
  1. Portland Matt

    General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Hi Kelly. Just wanted to see if you could contact me before you go on Friday, not sure what kind of dollar figures we are talking on the investment. How much do some of these older Halloween molds weigh? thanks, Matt matthewrutter@yahoo.com