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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 bmichael

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  • Birthday 12/27/1971

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Christmas Vacation
  • Location
    Hatfield, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Biography
    Decorating with blowmolds since 1997.
  • Interests
    Blowmolds, Music, and Family
  • Occupation
    Sales Development
  • About my display
    Mostly blowmolds...

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  1. I wonder

    I don’t have a clue either, Mel. I believe I only have 2 or 3 molds between those manufacturers.
  2. I would love to see the how-to too! Always has been on my wish list. One day! Great job!
  3. Silent site?

    I’m also a long time member...I think since 2000 or so. That was like Chuck’s first forums software! There used to be hundreds of posts daily, even in the summer and in all forum categories. Was hard to keep up! With Christmas a few weeks away, the number of posts on here daily is very minImal compared to the past. I admittedly do not post much anymore. Some of it is just life moves on, some is laziness, and some is just lack of time. I try to read up each day and it is pretty easy with so few posts. Like donna123, I also do NOT use Facebook...don’t even have my own account. I’m one of the original blowmolders on here and don’t even know what happened to most of the others that have all moved on to I guess Facebook. Mel and one or two others are the only ones I still recognize from the blowmold club! Carrie Sansing, Bill Weiss, Brad Caudill, and several others don’t really show up here anymore. What are even some of the Facebook clubs? What is the new place to talk blowmolds? Stephen is right, PC is much less partipcated in now overall. Hi Slankard. I lived in OKC for almost 10 years. Moved back to PA in 2015. I used to post in the OK forums and partipcted in the first mini with Greg and Santa’s helper (that’s when he had his dark ride/Santa ride in Bricktown). This was before the Downs display was around too. I lived off Sooner Rd close to OU. Was a great place to live outside of tornado season! It is sad to see participation dwindle.
  4. Snowman Candy Cane Poles

    Those look really nice. Where did you get the snowman heads? Great job.
  5. September motivation...ughh!

    Looking good. Started here too!
  6. Halloween

    Looks awesome. What is that Linus in Pumpkin? A prototype or not a mold?
  7. Sears Wish Book Is Back

    Saw this article in USA Today while traveling this week. Sears Wish Book is back. I haven’t seen it or tried to look at the digital version, but I doubt it is like the wonderful ones of the past with all the decorations and blowmolds. They should have brought it back sooner and maybe Sears would have had some better sales.
  8. Lookie What I Found at a Walmart in Texas

    Too bad I'm not on Southwest Airlines this trip...my 2 free checked bags would be 2 boxes of these!!!
  9. Go to my new topic called "Lookie What I found at a Walmart in Texas" to see an update on the RBL's at least! Might help some of you.
  10. Traveling for work this week. In the north Dallas, TX area. Had to stop at a Walmart to pick something up. Of course, I stopped down in the seasonal section to compare to what I have seen in PA so far. They have the RBL (Really Big Lights) C7 Bulbs and the GF nativity. I have not seen either of these at 2 stores in PA I go to. Looks like they are not carrying the yellow and white RBL's that Home Depot sold in-store last year. I bought about 3 dozen of these last year in all colors and they are made extremely well. LED C7 bulb inside, about 3 foot long cord with male plug end and then another about 3 foot long cord with female end so you can string them together, molded colors - not painted, and good system to open up to change bulb if you ever have to.
  11. HD has them online still. RBL had a Facebook page too with a store but they cost more there.
  12. RBL = Really Big Lights. They were the brand of larger blowmold C7/C9 style molds that Home Depot sold last year in-store. I couldn't remember the brand name when I started this thread! They were pretty nice, but smaller than the GF C9's (hence why I call them C7's).
  13. I was in my local super Walmart this week. Appeared 99% set up for Christmas and no sign of a blowmold...no nativities and definitely no sign of the C9 GF bulbs like last year. Then was in a Home Depot tonight. No sign of the GF C9 bulbs, or the smaller blowmold bulbs they sold last year, or any other mold in-store. I have to check a larger HD as last year I found the larger stores had the items and the smaller ones did not. Anyone seeing anything different in=store?
  14. Curious about lack of production on popular molds

    I really like last year's. Whimsical and good looking molds. Wish I bought them! Probably very unlikely to find them at yard sales too! The first year's still don't appeal to me. Maybe it was the glitter I remember?
  15. Curious about lack of production on popular molds

    Congrats Mel on gettIng the Mickey and Minnie. I passed on the Santa and snowman the last two years and now they don’t sell them. That is a lesson to all. $40 now or never own it. That being said, so far I have passed on the candy canes and candles this year. Been buying some other stuff so being selective. I know I will later regret it!