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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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  1. 7 points
    A pair of Poloron candy canes from 1966 that are rarely seen. There must be others out there but these are the only ones I have personally seen through the years. Mel
  2. 6 points
    A seldom seen pair of Hamilton-Skotch 38" candles. Mel
  3. 6 points
    Many will complain, but I like it, not sure to thank Fred's or Coke.
  4. 5 points
    Here are a couple of pictures of a few of the Halloween blow molds that are in the approximately 70 blow molds that we received last month. I took the pictures today and still have to get pictures of the rest of them. Mel
  5. 4 points
    Been looking for one for a long time but they always seem to bring a lot of money. I think I got an ok deal on this. It’s in good shape with just a little bit of glitter rubbed off. The inserts are a little faded but I have some nice spares I can put in it.
  6. 4 points
    The blow mold storage area. The building is 24' x 36' and is over half full of blow molds including the overhead above the joists, the trailer is 12' x 61' and is packed completely full. The other pictures are of our front porch at the moment, all of the totes are full of blow molds also. The ones on the porch are waiting for me to take some pictures and make plastic bags for them. Mel
  7. 3 points
    Garage sales have started this year and Letgo has blessed us!! Does anyone know about the Dapol antern on what year it was made? I know it lights up and has the original, non safety plug . Also the candles? Year ect? Thanks J
  8. 3 points
    What an awesome item that I've never seen before. Unfortunately $500.00 is not in my budget!
  9. 3 points
    I was browsing Mercari for inflatables and I came across this! https://item.mercari.com/gl/m94242249555/
  10. 3 points
    Well... we're into August. Is anyone out there working on their cutouts for this year besides me? I got started last week and am having a blast. The characters are cutout, the Coro attached to the frames and the painting has begun. I'm doing "Toy Story" figures this year. Here's a couple of pics... one of Buzz with a first coat of paint and one of the other characters awaiting the paint process. To give you a little perspective... Stinky Pete's box and bow are right at 8' tall. Share what you're working on for this year and include some pictures of your pieces during the creation process!
  11. 3 points
    I just saved these from being taken to the dump. There was more but I did not find out about them until some were already taken to the dump from an estate sale. They are in excellent condition for how old they are. The clear coat has yellowed over the years. After some research and speaking to the neighbor next door to the estate sale these were made some time around 1960 as he recalled. They are the Douglas Fir Plywood Association patterns that came out in 1957. It was poster paper that you glued to plywood and then clear coat it. The Santa, sleigh and reindeer are from the Douglas Fir Plywood Association promotion. I have 2 camels, one with a wise man on it that was the only pieces left from the nativity scene the estate had. The neighbor told me that there was at least 10 more pieces that were sent to the dump that the family did not want. These look like the ones from U-bild but the neighbor told me that they were made around 1960 also so not sure about them. I wish I could have saved the rest. These will be in my display this year. These are all 5 to 6 feet tall pieces. Tom
  12. 3 points
    Here is a fun sequence I just completed using xLights. Let me know what you think. https://vimeo.com/265021717
  13. 3 points
    My dad got to come home today from the hospital. Was so relieved when the doctor came in and said he could come home. Also told us that the pathology report said that he his cancer free now and all of the cancer was removed during the surgery. Thank you all for the prayers that you all offered up on his behalf. Don't know what I would do without all of you- my Planet Christmas family. I will keep you updated on his progress. ?
  14. 2 points
    Got this snowman and looking for some info it looks like the poloron one I have but light cover is plastic and not metal like my other one did someone else make and is wooden pole on merry Christmas sign original thank you
  15. 2 points
    Donna, I definitely do have a limit on how many duplicates I get and keep for our collection. Most of the collection consists of one of each variation of a particular blow mold but we do have two each of several that we like. Like most everyone else storage is a continuous problem as I find it extremely difficult to resist any blow molds that we do not have in the collection. I have bought several small molds for the collection since getting the 70 from our friend. Several of the 70 are smaller table top molds along with Halloween flashlights, spook sticks, etc but over half of the molds are Christmas ones. Here are a few pictures that I took this morning of the inside of the storage building, I have not taken individual pictures of most all of blow molds yet. There are table top molds and candy pails in most all of the totes and boxes in the pictures. The trailer is too full to be able to take much in the way of pictures. Mel
  16. 2 points
    Was at Lowes, they are getting there christmas stuff in order....already!!
  17. 2 points
    Tico Toys and others also made a spook stick with him in the 60's & 70"s. Mel The devil window candle was made by Spook-O-Lites in the 60's. Mel
  18. 2 points
    I use 12 lengths of clothesline with snap hooks on the bottom and carabiners on the top to make "master strands" each containing a 70 count string of of Red, Green, Blue, and White LED lights plus a string with 3 C9 randomly spaced sockets for strobe lights (not shown in this older picture) and three of the 12 strings also contain an extension cord to feed the three channels of the star on the top. The 3 LOR 16 channel controllers that make up the 48 channels that feed the LED's in the strands mount on the mast pipe with 12 multiconductor cables with 4 circuit outlet boxes on the ends to power the strands. The tree is almost 30 feet high and the bottom ring is made of 4 - 10 foot lengths of 3/4 PVC conduit fitted (not glued) together so it can be taken apart for storage. The stand itself is telescopic and collapsible. For the past few years I now have it mounted on top of the shipping container. Here's a few older photos of it. I now use a triple star made with led ropelight on a welded frame.
  19. 2 points
    Hey Everyone, sorry I missed it but it looks like you guys had a good time. I will make sure to be there next year and hope to have some good pictures and video of our display. Al
  20. 2 points
    The food was great as always and thank you Andy and Matt for hosting this Va. mini once again. See everyone next year.
  21. 2 points
    Spring is in the air. Time to let the bunnies out
  22. 2 points
    lol here’s some more molds I saw WAY overpriced. 99.00 for the wreath!!! There were more molds but I didn’t take pictures. But I’m going back tomorrow lol so I’ll take some pictures. I’m getting the little bunnies that go with the big ones (they weee in a different booth) There’s a santa bear with no price tag (free? lol) the angel and the pumpkin stack. Maybe a candy cane?
  23. 2 points
    A couple of newspaper ads with Union Products blow molds. The first ad is from 1972 and has Mr. Claus, Mrs. Claus and Jolly George, Union Products introduced all three as new that year. The second ad is from 1973 and has Mr. Claus, Mrs. Claus, Jolly George and Mrs. Jolly George. Mrs. Jolly George was introduced as new in 1973. They are 13" table top pieces with original first year prices for each of them. Mel Mel
  24. 2 points
    Yes sir, that's it, and to add to the post, I have found 10 deer for the 2018 season (9 grand venture/empire mix) and 1 of the goofy deer (often called the butt dear) so Claude will make his debut this year!!!!
  25. 2 points
    A cast aluminum mold for the Santa shown in the picture, if I recall correctly this picture was on the website of the company that made the aluminum mold. Please correct me if I am wrong about that. This picture has been floating around on the internet for several years. Mel
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