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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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TED last won the day on October 4

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  1. Cool White LED 100 Count

    It seems like the average (non-enthusiast type) person doesn't know the difference between cool and warm white. I've seen many instances where someone bought a couple strings of cool white and used them mixed with incandescent clear (probably to replace an old set that died). It really looks terrible! Maybe there are more warm white lights to cater to the people who put up all clear bulb lights. On the other hand it also looks bad to mix warm white (or incandescent clear) lights with some of the LED colors because they really clash. TED
  2. What a deal!!!

    I think this is the best one yet. Check out this great deal on a case of 4 of the big C9 bulb blowmolds: https://www.pricefalls.com/product/general-foam-plastics-006028-light-up-single-bulb-decor/63263962 The case of 4 is 77.97 which is only $19.50 each! How can you go wrong!? The VERY reasonable shipping is ONLY $571.45 which gives you a total of $649.42! That's only $162.36 each! I'm sure they are going to run out of these when we all buy several cases!!! TED
  3. Picked up some Union Hard Plastic Elves

    I agree! As shiny as the paint is they look like they've never been outside at all. That sounds like a great plan especially if you can incorporate the Santa's workshop! Please (find someone to) post pictures (for you) so we can see what you come up with! That's not surprising. If i was wearing orange pants I wouldn't want anyone to find me either!! TED
  4. GFP Closing

    Well, I guess there's no need for me to call then... I could use a few extra candle flames and stuff. I'm with you on that! You can probably make one that costs less and is better quality than the original. They play music? TED
  5. GFP Closing

    You would have to say, "Ho Ho Ho This is a PEPPERMINT stick up!" I'm sorry to hear about that. Any time there's a "reorganization" watch out because bad things frequently follow. Hopefully it will lead to something better for you guys. Maybe (hopefully) something good will come from it. TED
  6. Menard's blowmolds 2017

    Somehow those didn't post right. They look like gibberish. TED
  7. My new additions for Halloween 2017

    Nice! I see from checking their website that Blinky still makes some glow in the dark items but apparently not the skull pail. (Too bad--it's a cool item!) TED
  8. Blowmold Mickey and Minnie Mouse at Lowes

    In most cases that would be normal painting technique. For example if you want to paint a car and put racing stripes on it you would paint the whole thing first and then go back and paint the stripes on top of the "base" color. It simplifies the process and you end up with a better paint job. Of course with blowmolds additional layers of paint tend to block light from coming through. It makes no difference on the hat since it is black (no light will come through anyway) but on the uniform the yellow is going to reduce the light coming through. It is possible that the yellow parts will look dark when the soldier is lit up. TED
  9. Municipals for sale in Illinois

    It looks like they sold for just under 10 bucks each! TED
  10. New Additions Yesterday

    The Santa sleigh and reindeer are REALLY cool! You should display those indoors to keep them safe. On a humorous note, Bumpy the snowman has overspray from his nose that gives him a mustache! TED
  11. New Additions tonight!!

    Wow--lots of cool items! I believe the bottom picture is a Poloron lamp post. The gold ones are harder to find! TED
  12. More additions tonight

    I wonder if those lamps originally had a longer base? They kind of look like they have been cut. TED
  13. would like info on these.

    Cool! Those are a bit different than the common lighted bells. I like all the various types. Don't be concerned about whether an item is "technically" a blowmold or not. Most of the bells are hard plastic that is probably injection molded. But all things plastic (and more) are welcome in the blowmolds forum! Discussions frequently include all types of old nostalgic decorations and lighting. TED
  14. Poloron Vacucel Purchase

    Oh yeah I bet you're right. Looking at the picture of the back I see a hole or slot on the back that would be behind the logs at the bottom. TED
  15. My new additions for Halloween 2017

    Wow--you have some very cool pieces there! I'm curious about the skull pail. Who made that one? TED