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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.

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The birth of Christ
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    North Carolina
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    Christmas decorations
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  • About my display
    Menagerie of Wire frames
  1. New freebies

    cool
  2. Brightest C7

    The brightest c7 LEDs that I have found ( and probably least affordable ;-) ) are made by Meridian.... They are 7W equivalent, bright white, non-dimmable. The light appearance is 3000K with a brightness of 23 Lumens. They make both clear and white bulbs but I have found that the clear bulbs produce a circle like appearance in the center of light while the white bulbs do not. Below are several pictures of how the white bulbs look. Also, if interested, these bulbs can be found at Home Depot.
  3. Pvc frame for lights

    I found a post titled Roof Outline Idea in the PVC built forum ...... Is that what you are looking for????
  4. Securing molds in a better way

    We use 40 pound clear fishing line and a rod about ¼ inch in diameter with a 45 degree bend at one end. Kinda hard to imagine but the rods came from an old artificial Christmas tree that the limbs would fold up into the tree for out of season storage. We stripped the limbs of the greenery leaving the metal rod. The rod was bent 45 degrees so it would attach to the “tree trunk”. The rods are of various lengths which is perfect for the different sizes of blow molds. We gently hammer the rod into the ground behind the blow mold and tie the fishing line around the blow mold and then tie the line to the rod. The rods will get rusty over time but we did not paint them prior to their first use. This works for us, does not require adding weight inside the mold nor fabrication of a wider base. It also makes the blow molds easier to store! We also have decorative fencing and wrought iron around the front porch that we simply tie the blow molds to using the fishing line. We’ve not experienced any damage to the blow molds and even on windy days they stay upright.
  5. Did you ever see blow mold fabric before?

    How neat..... Where do you order the fabric? I know someone that sews!!!!!
  6. Who manufactured this?

    Thank you Mel.. I've never seen one before and was pleased to find it! Thanks again.
  7. Who manufactured this?

    I found the following at an Antique store in NC (imagine that ;-) ) today.... It has no markings on it and is approximately 11 inches tall.. Does anyone know anything about it???
  8. Poloron Vacucel Purchase

    Cool piece!
  9. Anyone Identify??

    It is made by Poloron --
  10. Blow Mold Snowman-Anyone Know Manufacturer of This One?

    Looks like TPI made it.
  11. Sockets for blowmolds

    I had the same question when I purchased some gently used candy canes… Some of them had 2 lights, some had 3 and of course only 1 socket would not work! I searched the internet and could not find any “pre-made” power cords with the correct number of sockets or spacing that I needed. I searched this forum and took the advice of others and ordered sockets with clips, lamp cord and end plugs from National Artcraft and made my own to fit my requirements. I, personally, do not like the lamp cord showing on the outside of the candy cane (like on the Union 40” candy cane) so I ran it on the inside. The pictures below are the results on the Empire 32” candy cane (with 2 lights). I’m also using LED bulbs so the socket hole near the bottom had to be enlarged some (using a dremel tool) to allow removal of the socket with the bulb in place to replace the bulb when it burns out ;-) Hopefully the pictures will better explain the steps below! Hope this helps.... Steps: 1. With the lamp cord still on the reel, run the end up through the inside of the candy cane to where the top socket will be. Allow some slack (extra lamp cord) for removal of the socket and bulb when the bulb needs to be replaced. Make and install the end socket. 2. Maneuver the lamp cord through the next socket hole and get enough slack outside the candy cane to install the inline socket and allow for the bulb and socket to be removed (when the bulb burns out). Install the inline socket. 3. Repeat step 2 as needed to accommodate the number of lights in the candy cane. 4. Determine the desired length of the lamp cord, cut it from the reel and install the end plug.
  12. Does anyone know who manufactured this Santa?

    Mystery solved... ;-) ..... Thank you so very much for the responses..
  13. I found this Santa on Craigslist and cannot find any manufacturer marks on it. The tag on the bottom of this piece has 40" waving Santa written on it. I have also checked blow-molded.com and cannot find it pictured. I also suspect it is not very old but I've never seen one like this before!!! Thank you for any information you can provide.
  14. Beverly A. Tyria Memorial Nativity Scene

    WOW... How beautiful.
  15. Found this, what is it worth

    Hi Big J Illinois .... Found this and hope it's helpful --- Apparently it sold at auction in 2013 for $225
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