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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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About Rotatorman

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The year we woke up and found the entire living room piled high with presents (there were 8 kids in my family)
  • Location
    Cleveland suburb ohio
  • Biography
    Happily married with 3 adult children
  • Interests
    Reading, raising pups, collecting vintage road signs and traffic lights.
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  • About my display
    I make sure it is different every year. I have enough décor to do this.

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  1. After Christmas Sale

    That's awful, sorry to hear that. Hey, don't lose that Christmas spirit. Is there any way to elevate, or put your display up high where the thieves would have a hard time stealing it? BTW for everyone else out there: make sure you mark your name and address on your blow molds, etc. in case they're stolen and the thieves caught.
  2. Poloron Mechanical Santa

    If I had to guess, it would've been around 1990, give or take a year. Wish I still had it.
  3. Poloron Mechanical Santa

    I actually had one of these a while ago and did not realize how valuable they were. I no longer have it. Either Handy Andy or Forest City (which has since been replaced by Home Depot) had one of these left. Unfortunately, the mechanism was not working, so I got it at half-price. I bought it and used it for about 3 or 4 years up on my roof, then moved and left it behind. Little did I know they were so valuable!
  4. Keep Display Safe and & Easy To Remove In The Snow

  5. Keep Display Safe and & Easy To Remove In The Snow

    Big J: can we see a pic of your description? I'd like to try it. Meanwhile, Home D sells garden stakes that are wooden, 4 ft long, tapered at the end so you can drive them into the ground. They are 2" x 2" this year, which is a little bit skinny, but in previous years, they were 4" wide. So you drive them into your yard and attach your blow molds in front of the stakes using tie wraps or wire to prevent theft or support from the wind. You can get a bundle for about $5.
  6. Pics of anyone's display progress

    Looking good. Have a question: is that a custom-made extension cord you made to light up all those blow-molds?
  7. I think this year will be different...I've pretty much decided (in my head) what the setup will be. Other than the house itself, only have a large tree in my front yard to use as props. Now, I will be using ground props -- blow molds, rotator, rocking horse, teeter-totter -- and maybe lit candy canes to display. I have at least 5 of the large blow-mold teddy bears, and 10 of the small ones that will comprise one of the displays. Have not been able to locate other similar `bear-type` displays I could get ideas from, using PlanetChristmas. If you know of any, could use a shout-out, directing me......thnx
  8. Wanted Empire train car


    • Wanted
    • Used

    I have the engine and one coal car, always wanted a second coal car or similar car to go with this set. I display them outdoors, sometimes on the platform that rotates with lights. Trades are possible also, but not this Santa Train. Willing to pay a reasonable amount. Send a PM, thnx.


  9. Defective lights

    As I prep for this years' display, discovered that a really nice blue LED snowflake I purchased a few years ago has LED's that are flickering, including a whole section that now has gone dark. So I contacted the manufacturer and was told the warranty was up. I mentioned that Christmas lights are used for a short time each year, and based on what the snowflake cost, the manufacturer should take that into account. Because I'm new to this forum and don't know the rules, I don't want to bash the manufacturer, but will say I bought it at Target. If this forum allows, I will update with the manufacturer name so others can be aware.
  10. Question

    I'm a newbie and would like to know the easiest way to navigate this forum. Specifically, if I want to find pics of your displays that contain teddy bears, or teeter-totters only, how do you get to those pics? Tried using the search button at the top of the page with no success.
  11. Light balls

    Since vet-kid is not interested in buying these lights, the offer is open to anyone else interested. scott
  12. Light balls

    I saw those green plastic pieces that you turn into a ball. They were 10. in my city at Home Depot. I thought they looked kinda chinsy. If you're interested, I can offer you 6 of those sphere/balls that others on this forum have written about. They are still in their original boxes, some of the boxes are worn from being in the attic, but these spheres have never been used. My price is 50. but you would have to pay shipping from zip 44039. Let me know if interested. Send a PM. Scott
  13. Plastic candy canes


    • Will Trade
    • Used

    For sale or will trade, have 18 used plastic candy canes, some with a plastic ribbon, some w/out the ribbon. Some are 28", some are 30" long not including the hook. This forum will not allow me to show the true picture of the candy canes. If offering a trade, please be specific; if making an offer to purchase send a PM. Allow for shipping from 44039. Package will be at least 32" in length. Zip is 44039, thnx. Rotatorman


  14. Can't wait to see your carousel. As I stated in my first (earlier) post, I find animated Christmas decorations the best! I totally enjoy preparing my setup and from the beginning of summer, constantly think about what I will do the upcoming Christmas for something different. I'm not familiar with wheelchair motors or their construction, so if you say yours will work, then that's good. There are probably a bunch of different motors that can be used to power a carousel. Even though I have tons of blow-molds, being creative has always been challenging. I just have little creativity. If you are more familiar with this forum, maybe you could suggest where to look for ideas where I could use my blow-molds. Currently, I am on another non-related forum which is very easy to post and read, but have not gotten the gist of how to use this forum just yet. Thnx, scott
  15. Hi, this is my first post on this forum. Hoping to see pics of the completed carousel. I can't imagine that a windshield wiper motor is strong enough to operate your carousel. I would like to share what I used to build my carousel. If you remember those rotating gas station signs from the past (Sunoco/Shell), I've got one of those motors. It is very powerful, and has the slip-ring to bring power from the base to whatever I wanted to light up above the platform. I used those plastic horses that kids used to spring back and forth with lights inside for my carousel. My weakness is building a platform--I see you got that figured out with your hexagon. In the past, I had access to a large spoked wheel that the local power company used to transport heavy cable to their job sites. I no longer have that. Hope I don't get in trouble, but I will tell you that a company called DynaPac still makes those motors--they're not cheap. I got mine from a local sign company's scrap yard. A friend and I cleaned it up and rebuilt it, added a motor, and it's been good to me for decades. Stay in touch---I love this stuff! I wanted to add one more thing: for safety's sake, I always tried to make my base from something round in shape. I just believe that something square or otherwise could catch on someone's clothing, like if a little kid gets too close, and possibly drag the kid into harm's way. Not to worry if your motor is not too strong. A few times I used that Santa train and caboose on the platform, and it went in circles. People love the animated displays.