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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. 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.
  • 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. 4 points
    Picked up a small addition today. Could never really decide if I wanted this one but what the heck............
  2. 4 points
    Here's the final produst-minus the green stripe
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    While I know it's halloween, I still wanted to share. It is stamped on the bottom Empire 1969. I got it for 50 cents :-D
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    Wow I think I'll order a couple dozen of these!! You can "SAVE" 14 dollars!!! https://www.walmart.com/ip/General-Foam-Plastics-C6024-Light-Up-Tree-28-in-H-Green/147150664 I might as well pick up 2 or 3 of these swimming pools too: http://www.sears.com/general-foam-plastics-general-foam-plastics-or-gv240/p-SPM17038621207 TED
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    Search one of my threads where I redid most of my blow molds. Oven cleaner! Yep, oven cleaner is where it's at. You can spray it on the mold, come back a few hours later and the paint just falls off. Never any damage to any mold either.
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    I am thinking I need to restore this one before Christmas this year!! Needs to be in my living room and look its best!! LOL
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    I didn't know Tom but I'm sorry to hear of the loss of a fellow PC member. Hopefully there are some PC members nearby who can help her find new homes for his display items where they will continue to be enjoyed. TED
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    We just moved into our new home and I'm having a difficult time deciding what/how to decorate the front. We have some Limitations: 1-- One set of plugs (two plugs total) only on the front of the house and NONE that work on back of the house. There's one set of plugs in the garage that are used so cannot use those either. Hubby promised to add more before the following Christmas, but it cannot happen by THIS Christmas. That means little or no lights outside. 2-- There are very bright landscaping lights out front. Good because I cannot do bushes/tree lights this year. 3-- tight budget. Spending a lot of money fixing/updating this house (it needed some work) so things will have to be homemade or inexpensive to purchase. I am crafty and have a garage full of power tools, and a teenage son who welds. This is the house (photo taken right before we bought it) First picture I wanted to do a White Christmas/Winter Wonderland thing, but not sure how to execute it... I don't want it to look busy or weird. I found (picture 2) on Pinterest using the ball pit balls and created my own version of making it into SNOW BALLS (we don't get much snow in Texas) See Picture 3 and 4 for my prototypes. Big one is one of those large outdoor plastic ornaments I pulled out of the attic and made into a big snowball... (Still in progress, the big one isn't done yet, just it's first layer) My thought was to put it all over all the bushes (there's A LOT of bushes on this yard). I can make about 125 balls for $30. Hubby-- my own scrooge-- think it will just look like white polka-dots all over the yard and won't look "snowy" from the street. Now I'm worried he is right and wondering if I should just ditch the whole snowball idea? Then-- what else do I do with it? **I could make large snowflakes painted white using wood scraps from the garage (seen all over pinterest) I could put them around the yard and maybe hanging from the large Elm tree. **I could make some reindeer in the yard. (anyone have a good plan to make some?) I can't find any that I like so far.... **I could do some snowmen or something but I haven't found any that I liked. It needs SOMETHING else. Just a bunch of white balls doesn't seem like it would make sense. Any other ideas? I want it pretty but frugal. Would love ideas/inspiration! I can do most things DIY by myself, if that helps. I hope that by the following Christmas we will be able to add lights to the yard and other things.
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    If possible post some pics and give us some stats. I think you've come to the right place!
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    Anyone recognize this one or seen it before?
  14. 1 point
    Picked up a small piece for my collection over the weekend.
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    Ever heard the phrase "Buyer Beware" ? The tree may not be any good for anything but scrap = It was condemned by city officials. "Structural engineers hired to sign off on the tree’s structural integrity would not give the OK, city officials said Tuesday." Here is the link to the article: http://spbc.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2017/01/26/delrays-iconic-100-foot-christmas-unsafe-and-needs-to-be-replaced/ Now we know why the GovDeals listings always have the disclaimer to inspect items before bidding.
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    Get it hot, I use a halogen work light the heat gun or even a hair dryer will work to. You can gently push on the sides and it might pop out but you have a hole there so you could stick something small in there and push it out, once the dent is out the crack may close up and I wouldnt worry about it.
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    20 years ago the internet was bloody-cutting-edge and no one knew what a forum was. PlanetChristmas entered this brave new world. Let's just say it was pretty slow in the beginning but with time we got that fixed. After multiple meltdowns/refreshes/upgrades, the PlanetChristmas forums are still going strong. We could have surrendered the forums to Facebook years ago... it sure would have been easier for PlanetChristmas but Christmas decorators are special people in our book and don't deserve getting lost within a faceless giant constantly devising new ways to sneak really irritating ads in front of you. Behind the scenes, at PlanetChristmas we've been building the infrastructure to combine the website, magazine and forums into one entity. The overall look and feel will be like what you're used to here in the forums... though the color scheme might be refreshed and there will be more options. You'll start seeing changes later this month. Why is PlanetChristmas changing again? We have another 20 years planned to help you put smiles on faces while making lifelong memories and family traditions. Stand back. There's work to do!
  19. 1 point
    Yes it was a joke! I have never bought them myself from EBAY. I am too cheap!
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    LOL! Dang it! I just checked my bank account and I only have $999,999.50. I'll go check between the seats in my truck. LOL! It's the new lottery, Richard. Blow Molding for Dollars! Funny but sad at the same time.
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    I THINK there is an old Union sleigh that was sold both with and without a Santa. However they are a pretty scarce item and will probably be cost prohibitive. Two things come to mind as "second best" options. There are wireframe sleighs that might be of a suitable size. Unfortunately they usually (always?) come with all clear lights which I don't think would look good. It might require some light swapping. A better idea might be to make a sleigh out of wood. It wouldn't light up like plastic but if you make it in such a way that most or all of the Santa is visible it could look good. TED
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    Cado and General Foam have already been in contact and only time will tell if anything will result from that. Mel
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    Hello! you might have seen me make 2 posts in blow mold and inflatable forums, but in this one i'd just like to say hello and i'm happy to be here!
  24. 1 point
    Hi Dchackert, Welcome to the addiction err uh hobby! I would say the cheapest, easiest thing to do would to buy one LOR 16 channel residential controller and 2 or 3 LOR sequences and maybe see about anyone on the LOR forum under sequence sharing section willing to share a 16 or 32 channel sequence with you. The LOR sequences will be done in the 4X4 grouping they talk about on their website. Basically you have groups of 4 similar items. Like they suggest 4 roof sections, 4 upper windows on a two story house, 4 columns and 4 sections of lights on bushes. using this example you have 16 channels. The current LOR sequences are using 64 channels plus RGB elements but don't worry about them being there. If you only have one controller only the first group of 16 channels will be used. A lot of the sharing done As for licensing, if you are going to stay small for two or three years you can use the basic software license. But if you think you will be expanding rapidly (and most all of us do) you may want to go ahead and get the advanced license. No need for pro yet unless you really take off and start venturing into pixels quickly. The other piece of advice for starting small and easy is to put up some static lights that will not be animated and then have your 4 groups of 4 do the animation. Trust me, your family and friends will love the whole sequencing the lights to music thing and visitors will like it two. It's not about how many lights you have and if they dance to the music and it's not about how many channels you have doing the animating. And, it's not even if you did the actual programming/sequencing the lights to the music. What's important is putting smiles on faces, especially children and making life long memories. This is what is told by the great Chuck Smith. What we do is important, it's making life long memories that families will remember and especially children will remember that will grow up and talk about that "one house" that did this cool thing for the community and that house is yours. Christmas is a magical time, the average viewer won't know you are only running 16 channels as opposed to 32. Just doing it and spreading Christmas cheer is what it's all about. Go get a controller, the USB adaptor, software and some sequences and enjoy making people happy without worrying about light count or channel count. Later, Al
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    Awesome price, I wish I had budget left
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    Big J, I am holiday/decoration poor!!! lol, between the neighborhood project, me buying every LED thats not nailed down, AND kicking off the zombie hoard thats gonna invade my yard in October......I am broke. But, Im sure that if you time it just right you will have no problem selling off a Nativity Scene. I need to follow your lead and start repainting some stuff, building mini trees, building mega trees, building arches, ............. ahhhhhhh heck with it, Ill do it tomorrow!
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    Hey Don, have a nativty set for sale....come on up lolol....I know you need it
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    WOW!! Excellent job Big J. I can't wait to see them with the green stripe.
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    WOW!!! very nice great job
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    Hey Don, we are going to put a green strip between the red and white:):)
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    It will be interesting to see what GFP has left for inventory when they close their doors. It is my understanding that they have not made much more then customers ordered for several years now and if they didn't get combined orders for a minimum of 1000 pieces they did not make the blow mold. I feel sure it will be much different then when Union Products closed their doors in 2006. they had thousands of blow molds in the warehouse at the time. In 2006\2007 we made three purchases of the UP blow molds, 5and10.com was selling the 40" ones for $10 each with free shipping on orders of $150 or more. We filled in a lot of holes in our collection of UP blow molds because previously we had not done much collecting of those. A lot of the blow molds had stickers with the year they were made on the bottom and there were several from back in the mid to late 1980's which shows that they had been sitting in the warehouse for 15-20 years, I doubt very much that GFP will have many sitting around for that many years. Grand Venture had several thousand blow molds left in their warehouse when they closed also, they sent us an inventory list of what they had at the time but we did not buy and of those, as I recall, someone in the Cayman Islands purchased all of them. Mel
  32. 1 point
    Be careful the clearance ones are Indoor only! I just bought the ceramic dimmable ones from this website, 2 year warranty and if you buy 2 or more 25 packs the bulbs are only 0.71 cents per bulb, they also give discounts for buying multiple singles. They work good and dim well. Identical to other vendors I have purchased from in every way I can see for almost half of the price. Also to add when putting it on my Kill-a-Watt meter they take more power than advertised about 1 watt per bulb, but again this is the same as the other vendor I bought from
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    After looking around online the cheapest C9 led retrofits i could find are here. These ones are 5 led non-dimmable clearance price of 13.88 for a 25 pack. They do also offer the 5 led super bright dimmable ones in both faceted and ceramic for under 25 bucks for a 25 pack. Dimmable is important if you are using them with L.O.R. Haven't shopped here yet so don't know what the service is like. https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/led-decorative/led-replacement-bulb-c9-w-5-leds-15w/450/
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    Simple answer is yes. Once word gets around. Knowing some people don't think they are made anymore. eBay prices will triple. They eBay sellers are already watching. Seeing if/when GFP has their warehouse sale. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Allen: the bulbs do indeed still work fine. My office is decorated with vintage items and I burn one of them regularly every day. Here are some more photos and also one of my window sills and wall at work.
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    We have a pair of the candles but they are not in their original boxes, they were given to us as a gift by a senior friend a few years ago. We also have a pair of the coach lanterns with their wall brackets in their original boxes, one of the boxes has the year 1957 printed on it. The candles and coach lantern are shown in a 1957 Salt Lake Tribune Skaggs Drug Center newspaper ad
  37. 1 point
    I'd like to see pictures and prices of the C7's and SPT 2 cords.
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    What's a few dollars more or less when I could have one of the loves of my life to look at when I wake in the morning. Please note, when I said one of the loves of my life I wasn't referring to the first love of my life, possibly the second but not the first. It would be impossible for me to look at the first love of my life when I wake in the morning because she is already up and watching Dr. Phil when I wake in the morning.
  39. 1 point
    I'll take a pair of boxers....or 2
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    I'm thinking more in the line of PJ's, blanket and bedspread to lead me in my sweet dreams.... Mel
  41. 1 point
    I can see it now! Mel buys a whole bolt of the material and uses it for wallpaper in the family room.
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    Here's the hand out with the hyperlinks. If the class inspired you to add a vintage element(s) to your display please post some pictures. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me or others on Planet Christmas. We'll be glad to help! christmas expo 2017 handout display.doc Here's the link to the thread about how to build a modern Bubble Tree that I talked about in my presentation.
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    Jeff's classes are great! One more today: Traditional Elements for a Modern Display. You won't want to miss it Janice
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    Here's the handout with hyperlinks from today's presentation. Thanks for taking part in today's class. christmas expo 2017 handout history.doc
  45. 1 point
    Finally got myself a Polk Brothers Santa! Wanted one for a long time and this one is in great shape!! Feeling giddy! LOL
  46. 1 point
    Picked up a great Noma Santa.....number 95....mint condition in the original box!
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    J try Winfield company. They have the plans and also the carbon paper in large sheets.
  48. 1 point
    If anybody is intrested in some new Santas, Candles or Soldiers toppers let me know.
  49. 1 point
    Well I was hunting for Halloween Candy Pails and having no luck.....but ended up only finding this little guy sitting with some furniture....He is marked Carolina Enterprises 1973 Still has UPC tag and direction sticker on back...he is listed as model 28-1358...don't know much about the xmas molds like I do Halloween...he was a bit dirty but cleaned up he looks almost new...and although the light cord is missing the seal for the light is intact so easy fix...Anyone know anything about him...guess I wonder is he actually that old..or did they Carolina make more recent runs of him..he looks vintage to me...I paid $2.00 plus tax...
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    One of our members, Tom Fratino, of Georgia has suddenly passed away a few weeks ago. His wife wants to sell his LOR controllers and boxes for $75 each. She has 30 of them to sell. She also has leaping arches and other items, as he did a really nice display each year. Please contact Mrs. Fratino at 229-809-2508 for more information. I know they also had inflatibles, blow molds, fencing, just about everything. Including some great Halloween decorations.
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