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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.

Way Up North

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About Way Up North

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  • Birthday 09/16/1976

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    Just aquired some older Halloween and Christmas blowmolds, first year doing a big display
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    vintage seasonal decor
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  • About my display
    1st year, bought out the neighbors who were retiring from their seasonal set-up
  1. I have a TPI snowman that only fits a C7 bulb, he is very dim and I'd like to put in a brighter LED chandelier. I can leave the bulb hole opening as is so the spring clip still fits but would like to enlarge a lower hole in his base so I can reach my arm up to screw in the larger bulb from the inside. I also need a larger access to weight him better as our home gets a lot of wind and he is constantly blowing away. I've never cut into a blowmold before, any tips to make it look tidy and do it easily? What tools to use? Thanks!
  2. Value of TPI #4834 Santa with Teddy Bear?

    Thank you!
  3. Came across one of these guys, as shown on the blowmolded site here http://www.blow-molded.com/TPI___Santa_Claus.html, the large 41" one with the teddy bear and blue sack. Can't seem to find any ebay history online, any idea what his value would be? I assume this one is not very common if only made for 1 year? Thanks!
  4. Is this a TPI prototype Santa?

    Thanks so much for this and sorry for such a slow reply! I'm amazed by the knowledge on here. Was going to sell this guy but couldn't do it, he's now a part of the blowmold Christmas family here.
  5. Is this a TPI prototype Santa?

    Any info appreciated, local find, I've never seen one like him before. Thanks!