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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.

Big J Illinois

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  1. Best blow mold light?

    We use LED ,for the medium base. Have not seen a c7,LED that is bright enough.Hopefully 2018 will bring out some worth getting:)
  2. How's everyone's 2017 display coming along?
  3. I was thinking of starting a "useless" information on A Christmas Story & Christmas Vacation. ..I will start will start with a "useless info" question on either movie. The person who answers it, asks another "useless info, fact or info" abut either film and move it foward. PLEASE,scan the forum so the same questions aren't asked over and over. Please refrain from using the Internet for answers and think of useless,award winning facts:) I know it sounds corny but these are 2, of the most talked about movies during christmas I will start: What's the name of the Griswold's neighbors, whom to dislike christmas?
  4. I beleive its in the corner,by the side of the desk. What's the name of the store the Ralphie's first sees the B.B. gun at?
  5. What are the meanings of these? I don't know what these mean
  6. Redoing the Union candycanes

    Picked these up and redid them. Will have a total of 14 in the display this year.Before is the bottom pic and the pics show how they look now, also did some customized strips on 4 of the 14. 10 will stay original
  7. OH FUUUUUIDGE.. What was the message, from Little Orphan Annie,though the decoder?
  8. Cado/Union Blowmolds at Menards!

    They are very high in price. ..plastered all over Craigs...never been there
  9. A pink nightmare, a deranged easter bunny What was mom Parker making on the stove,when Randy hides under the kitchen sink?
  10. Do you have any info on these?

    The glitter looks great, being gone!! The glotter,in my opinion, looked like a last ditch effort,for the "bling",and looked yuck! So,that being said, good call and they look good:) Reminds me, glitter on blowmolds= B-Dazzler of yester year...2 puky inventions. Sure,glitter is fine for arts and crafts, NOT molds
  11. Silent site?

    Well said TED, eveyone reads into the doom and gloom theory...I don't see it going away anytime in the foreseeable future
  12. Cado/Union Blowmolds at Menards!

    I am with Scrooge, I wait for garage sales...3 to 5 dollars..
  13. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Hey Jeff, looks AMAZING!! How rare,but it does happen:) looks GREAT, almost as if it's off of a christmas card!
  14. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Hi aclark, hope all goes well!!! Get well soon:)
  15. I would take a guess and say a parade of some kind...I thought I heard " the nuts have blown away, oh here come the nuts"..In the movie A Christmas Story, what's the name of Ralphies,teacher?
  16. Squirrel ate tha end off a string!

    Follow the wire that goes the the adjacent light...that one is FOR the light, post a pic if you can
  17. Picked these up today. Any info?

    Candle is Empire? GF on santa?
  18. This early snow on my blow molds

    How much snow are u getting there?
  19. I wish we had the snow...I would take it!!
  20. "Snots" What color,is the jello mold,with Meow Mix on it?
  21. "Save the neck for me ,Clark" Whats the name of Clarks boss?
  22. Brittle and crumbling

    Now that's a snow storm!! Let's hope we have the snow, but not like that:) or until our displays are down anyways!
  23. Silent site?

    So PC is dying? I haven't been a member for a long time,but what good ol' days are u talking about??
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