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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.

Scrooge

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When I was about 5 years old, I heard a noise Christmas morning about 3am. The noise was dad trying to assemble a Matchbox Car service station which was to be from Santa under the tree and he was having a difficult time with assembly, muttering under his breath that all the parts weren't there. (mom tells me this part). So I was in process of waking up my 3 yr old sister telling her that Santa has visited. Mom intercepted us and shooshed us off to bed before we got downstairs. Mom and dad remember the night of little sleep due to assembling that Matchbox car service station.
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    Minnesota
  • Biography
    2 score and 5 years ago, my mother and father brought apon this continent a child, conceived in october, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are not created equal.

    (some men have OCD and decorate their yards with dozens of plastic holiday figures)
  • Interests
    Making it to retirement then moving to a warmer climate.
  • Occupation
    Accountant
  • About my display
    Its a work in progress.
  1. Brittle and crumbling

    Ive always use the silver poly tarps from menards, and know that poly tarps will degrade from sun exposure...sometimes less than a year in full sunlight. My tarp covered blowmolds were stored in an area of my property which is very shaded. One of the reasons i stored them there was because there was never enough sunlight to even grow grass, and i didnt want to kill the grass anywhere else in my yard. The poly tarps lasted quite a while, which might indicate that the amount of sunlight getting through the trees wasnt all that much if the tarps lasted 4-5 years. In that regard, the tarps were as much an effort to keep the blowmolds clean from leaves and tree sap etc. I don t disagree that the problem is mostly uv sunlight...and i agree that tarps are not the best uv protection...but some of my point is...that i had quite a few blowmolds under tarps, and the brittle crumbling effect im seeing is mostly on just 2 types of blowmolds. Maybe its a combination of blowmolds with 'thin' material areas combined with the effects of uv light, drying those this areas out even faster than other areas. That snowcover was an accumulation. We had a couple of big storms that season, and i think these photos were during or just after the snow stopped. Before the snow settles down i few inches lower. The season of 2013-14 was a bigger year for us at 70 inches. I think upstate NY gets signifificantly more than minneapolis does.
  2. Brittle and crumbling

    Some of these crumbly ol blowmolds have seen their share of holiday display action though. Memories of winter 2013-14
  3. Brittle and crumbling

    Yeah, though ive cut way back, i do still buy nice blowmolds if i see them at garage sales. I refuse to pay 30-40$ for a blowmold at menards. If these dont fall apart in my hands come early january tear down, ill shoot for using them again. The tear down can be rough on them though, as they often freeze to the ground. A sturdy blowmold will pop loose from the ice with little effort. These brittle ones are a trick. Ocassionally, i have had to resort to pouring warm water on the bases to release them from the ground. I store them inside when theres room. At the height of my storage problem, i stored them outside covered with a plastic tarp. Since i typically buy my blowmolds at garage sales, its hard to say for sure how they were stored before i got them. That might be the bulk of the reason behind some blowmolds getting brittle and some not.
  4. Brittle and crumbling

    So last weekend, i went about the process of setting up my display. I used to be into it in a much bigger way, but had to finally admit defeat as i could no longer manage the storage problem, in addition to the days of time i spent setting up and tearing down. Im sure some of you can relate. About 5? years ago i sold most of my outdoor blowmolds. The 12 snowmen that i still own are the ones which didnt sell due to being faded, cracked, common, or a combination there of. I am able to manage storage and setup of these 12 snowmen, along with light strings and spiral trees. Todays display is a shadow if its formal self...but sure does look good and its the biggest display for 2 miles in any direction. (i live in a minneapolis suburb). Anyways, back to my simple story. My blowmolds get dusty and cobwebby in storage after a year or two of un use. (yes, some years i skip the display). I really should bag them to keep them clean. So, before i put them out i wash them off with soapy water and the garden hose. As the years have rolled past, some of these old blowmolds have gotten very brittle. To the point that the simple weight of my hand on the top of the hat, gently steadying the blowmold from falling over as i wash it, causes the plastic to break and the pieces fall inside the snowman. Sometimes the simple act of carrying the blowmold causes the plastic to crack. The plastic is more brittle than a peeled egg shell. So, i baby these old friends along, hoping to get one more year of use. In some areas there are holes which i just let be. For the most part you cant see the cracks and holes from the street. On the tops of the hats, where the whole top has caved in, i have resorted to using post office clear packing tape to cover the hole, hoping to prevent snow from accumulating inside the blowmold. Even the act of gently applying tape and lightly pressing it into place will cause more breakage. It seems that the empire 48" giant snowman seems to be the biggest problem. Does it have something to do with the red painted hat attracting more sunlight? Or are the 48" giant snowmen simply thin up on top due to the nature of the blowmolding process? Im not sure. Second worse (in my opinion) are the brim of the top hat of empire 40" bumpy snowmen. I saw another topic where a brave soul repaired a broken blowmold. I believe that i can not get away with any real repairs, as the sooner i fix one hole, the area adjacent to the repair breaks away. Well, at this point, the display looks good. I dont have to think about brittle blowmolds crumbling under my touch until its tear down time.
  5. Is this a TPI prototype Santa?

    Ive got one of these santa blowmolds. Similar or identical to the one way up north posted. 41" tall. 'Made in canada' molded into the bottom. The old guy i bought this from about 10 years ago stated that he had owned it 40 years. If his statement is accurate... then this santa would be vintage 1967 (?). I checked the blow molded archives and found the TPI Jolly Santa #4830 which Mel refers to. My santa and way-up-norths santa are similar but not the same as TPI Jolly Santa 4830. The blow-molded archive photo shows santa standing on snow. These other santas stand with their boots on the ground...no snow. I would have to agree that my santa is probably TPI, and probably older than the 1993 example in blow molded....but how old?
  6. Sunday's Haul

    Who makes the snowman with the red hat? Never seen one before.
  7. When Do You

    My lawn display tear downs are never that easy. Its all about the snow cover and temperature. The cords and often the molds are frozen to the ground. Sometimes you can break the cords loose with a little 'boot heel' encouragement...but the molds will usually take a bucket of warm water to get them loose without risking breaking them.
  8. Westislipxmas's Christmas Display - 2014

    Wow! Love it!! (I was going to say holy s*** but had to clean it up!!) I know you can see that display from outer space.
  9. My Blow Mold Scores

    Sweet display! Are your gingerbread man blowmolds modified with additional colors? I don't think ive ever seen them where the icing was anything other than white.
  10. My Off Season Finds!

    Those mechanical molds...sweet! I wouldn't sleep at night if i put those out in my front yard though. Yikes!! Even at the height of my display days i slept with one eye open and was out of bed in a flash every time i heard a car door slam after 10pm....i cant imagine having those rare molds out there for the taking.
  11. This year i deviated from my norm a little bit and did a football themed display. I gotta switch it up now and again or i get bored with it. Maybe the neighbors do too. Haha. So, i lined up 10 snowmen as though they were lined up on the line of scrimmage on the field. I used my 5 ft santa for quarterback and put a thrift store (favre) jersey on him. Yeah, Favre...i wouldn't presume to put one gf my 'good' jerseys out there for someone to steal. LOL!! Theres the front line, the wide receivers out on the flat, the running back behind Santa, the tight end ready for a screen pass in case of blitz. All poised for a big play. In daylight its easy to see santa in the purple jersey...but in the dark, with the light shining through the jersey...its hard to see the jersey at all. Oh well. Then i put the coach snowman blowmold on the sideline up on the front door steps. Eleven men on the field you know. :-) I put some chasing lights in the bushes on one side to act as the sideline. I also decorated one of the bushes next to the house with gold lights in the shape of a 'V' and Purple lights on top. Purple and Gold...go Vikes!!! It might not be quite as eye appealing as some years when ive put up more lights in the bushes and my spiral trees....but ive had several people tell me that like my 'vikings' display. So, this years gift from Santa to me will be a nice first round playoff flop by the Green Bay Slackers. Heh heh. :-D
  12. When Do You

    My inside artificial tree is permantly strung with mini lights which have been a pain in the butt for the past few years....burning out and needing me to hunt for the burnt ones. This year was really bad. About 1/2 the lights wouldn't light Christmas night. I got sick of it so i bought a new tree on clearance (because two of the lower bows had broken loose of their attachment to the trunk)as well as 3 strings of c6 led lights. (my tree is a 3 footer). I put together my new tree on the 26th and them put it and all the indoor stuff away. I often let my outdoor snowmen run until about jan 10th. Ready to go next year with a new tree and all new lights already installed. Wheeee!!
  13. Blowmolds Pictured On Album Covers!

    Those are blowmolds? Ive never seen either one of them before. Would love to have the snowman. What does Mel think??
  14. Just Joined This Christmas Day

    Welcome, and nice display!!
  15. My Christmas Display 2014

    Very nice variety of décor.
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