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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.

Allen L.

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About Allen L.

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  • Birthday 04/27/1971

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    I don't really have one Christmas story to tell, but I do miss seeing Mr. Roden during the Christmas season. Mr. Tom & Betty Roden were my parent’s next door neighbors from 1975 until 2002. Mr. Roden worked at a Bank located inside an old 1965 Mall. When the Mall replaced their old 1965 Christmas decorations in 1976, Mr. Roden was allowed to take some of the old ones. The decorations were commercial grade C9 lights with big green garland and big lighted red blow mold bells with snow painted at the bottom. These decorations were Mr. Roden's pride and joy at Christmas time. As Mr. Roden got old, I kept hanging those lights and bells for him until he passed away. Soon after he died, his wife gave me the decorations and said he wanted me to have them. Since Mr. Roden's passing, I put them up every Christmas at my house. It always brings a smile and a tear to my eye, when I get ready to hang the decorations, because of all the wonderful memories. (In loving memory of Mr. Tom Roden)
  • Location
    Toney, Alabama
  • Biography
    I was born in Huntsville AL and went to Chapman & Lee High School. I love looking for vintage Christmas Decorations.
  • Interests
    Steam Engines, Model trains, Blow Molds, HVAC
  • Occupation
    Drafter/CM
  • About my display
    My display has commerical grade C9 Christmas light strings wrapped in large green garland with 4 large red lanterns from World Class Christmas Displays. I also have many Empire & General Foam Blow Molds.

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  1. GFP Closing

    Home Depot has them and other sites on the internet. The only problem ordering online is the shipping cost. Home Depot sells them under the Westinghouse brand name. They cost $6.77 each. Personally, I would buy a cheap small 6-12 ft extension cord at Walmart (Approx $1-$3) and cut the outlet end off, then strip the wires and attach. Just attach wires where the screws on the sockets are located. Home Depot has the Leviton Lamp Sockets too. Leviton 3352-4 $3.24 each Leviton 3352-f $4.58 each Leviton 2052-13 $8.03 each You might be able to find the sockets cheaper online or at Amazon with free shipping.
  2. GFP Closing

    Satco 80-1093 (These only have wires coming out of them. No plug) NationalArtCraft.com has them with cord and plugs on them. If you are looking for a medium base socket with spring clips, Lowes has one.
  3. GFP Closing

    Here are some replacement sockets made by Leviton. You would have to attach the plug/cords to them. 1) Leviton 2052-13 (Blow Mold "Figures") 2) Leviton 3352-F (Blow Mold "Noel Candles" & "Lamp Post") 3) Leviton 3352-4 (Blow Mold "Figures")
  4. Do you need a blow mold Frankenstein Head?

    Just added this to my "look for at garage sales" list. LOL!!!
  5. My new additions for Halloween 2017

    Great collection, Donna!
  6. Bought These Today

    Great find! Look awesome! Congrats!
  7. Long Waited Addition

    I have always liked those. It looks great! Congrats!
  8. GFP Closing

    True. I guess I'll have to give up my plans, now that you have brought me back to sanity. I was going to call myself "The Blow Mold Bandit" and wear a Santa Claus disguise. My gun was going to be painted red and white like a candy cane. Ho, Ho, Ho this is a stickup! Santa needs some new molds!
  9. GFP Closing

    Don't be so sad Ted. I'm already plotting my life of crime. This will be my new hobby to support my old hobby. Now let's see, how many Shell Gas Stations will it take to get some Polorons this week. LOL!
  10. GFP Closing

    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.
  11. 2017 Blow Mold Gifts!!!

    Wow!!!! Talk about being lucky. Your fortune cookie must have said "Big Surprise Headed Your Way". Awesome!
  12. Thrift Store Friend

    Congrats!
  13. Flea Market find.

    Great find! By the way, I have the same, "New In The Box", Poloron Christmas Tree Stand shown in your photo.
  14. Couple of Small Additions

    Awesome!
  15. Couple of Small Additions

    Congrats! They're in great condition! By the way, I like that metal Poloron Candle too. I assume the original bulb still works?
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