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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. Bought These Today

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

    I have always liked those. It looks great! Congrats!
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 2017 Blow Mold Gifts!!!

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

    Congrats!
  8. Flea Market find.

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

    Awesome!
  10. 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?
  11. GFP Closing

    It makes me glad to see the younger generation, like yourself, share the same love for blow molds that the rest of us do. Don't give up hope yet.
  12. GFP Closing

    Hey Big J, I just had to share some information after reading your post. You are 100% correct about the paint and Quality Control issues. The last 2 "Red Lamp Posts" I bought from GFP 3 years ago had problems. The red base of the "Lamp Posts" started losing their red pigment color, after only two Christmas seasons. The red color pigment in the plastic started to fade out. The plastic was turning back into a milk jug looking color. I can't understand why the sun was destroying the "Red Lamp Post Base". My thoughts are that some sort of Government Environmental Regulation has changed the chemicals/processes in the manufacturing. I had to get a can of red spray paint for plastic and fix them. You shouldn't have to paint over colored plastic like that. Just look at all the old "Red Lamp Posts", that Empire made 40 plus years ago, on Ebay. You don't see the red pigment completely faded out of them. This same issue is happening to one of my Large Street Pole (Municipal) Red Lanterns I bought about 5 years ago from GP Designs. Since this is happening at both company's, then everything points to some kind of change to the process. I had often wondered, if some sort of Government EPA regulations had caused GFP to change their paint too. The new type of paints may not hold as well as the old style did. This would explain why the new paint was so thick on the plastic. Either way, the quality was going down for several years. I wish another company would buy the molds and bring them back with better quality. Although I'm trying to stay optimistic, in my heart I feel this is the end of our beloved vintage blow molds. Allen
  13. GFP Closing

    Thanks Mel, for saying what you did. You said the exact things I felt inside, but just didn't want to post them here. Some people may like them but to me they look like ugly flat jello molds. There is nothing magical or happy about them. It's like going to the store to buy a Christmas Tree and coming home with a cardboard print cut-out instead. I do hope the vintage aluminum molds will be saved. Allen Agree 100% with you Donna!
  14. GFP Closing

    Oh look, just what I'd been hoping for all my life! A faded Angel that needs repainting for $69.99 and free shipping too! Oh Joy! Oh Rapture! I hope I can contain my excitement! Stuff like that makes me want to laugh my head off! Oh well, some poor idiot out there just might buy it. They say there's a sucker born every minute.
  15. Did you ever see blow mold fabric before?

    A Christmas Tree Skirt would be nice. What about some fabric lamp shades in the Living Room and Bedroom? I like the PJ idea. Now I need to find someone who can sew.
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