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  • 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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Franchise_24 last won the day on June 21 2017

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About Franchise_24

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    New Member
  • Birthday 09/10/1978

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    The birth of Jesus.
  • Location
    Lexington, Ohio
  • Biography
    Married, 1 son
  • Interests
    Computers, Model A Ford's
  • Occupation
    Remote IT Support
  • About my display
    Love the vintage stuff.

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  1. Who's ready to light up?

    We go live on Black Friday. I am not done yet, but I've paced myself with a schedule of what I want to do each night and I should be ready to go live on Friday as planned.
  2. Who else is behind schedule!?

    I feel like I am behind. I have a schedule wrote out for each day until Thanksgiving of what I want to get done so I can be ready. I work till 5pm each day so by the time I get home the sun sets 15 minutes later so I can't get a whole lot done after work. I am going to have to suck it up and work through the rain or I will not get done on time.
  3. Poloron Mechanical Santa

    Not sure if anything like this has ever been posted, but here are the original directions that came with the Poloron Mechanical Santa. It was too long to fit on 1 scan so I had to divide it up so the whole thing could be seen. Enjoy!
  4. Panic has set in

    We go live the day after Thanksgiving and I just started getting stuff down today. Then I found out I may have to work that Friday too. How is everyone coming?
  5. Garage sale find..

    Cool. Maybe I won't really mess with it. I was thinking of doing something with the list since it is so plain, and maybe painting his face flesh tone...not sure what I will do just yet.
  6. Garage sale find..

    My father-in-law found this at a garage sale today for $4.00. It is marked Union on the bottom. Mel, can you weigh in on it? Do we have a picture for this one of what it looked like originally? Seems like it may be missing some color but not sure. Thanks!
  7. Garage sale find

    While I know it's halloween, I still wanted to share. It is stamped on the bottom Empire 1969. I got it for 50 cents :-D
  8. Curb Find

    Awesome, thanks for that info, I will make some time here and check it out. Does the flame just pop off? I didn't see any screws around it or anything...
  9. Stripping blowmolds to repaint

    So much this. When I first started I painted my Poloron Mechanical Santas lantern. It looks amazing...then I put a light in it. So I stripped it and did it over. Had a light in everything ever since. I found I actually did alot of my painting at night in my side yard with them lit up. May a world of difference.
  10. Moving- all for sale and give away

    Glenn what is the fully automated frosty the snow man?
  11. Stripping blowmolds to repaint

    Glad to help :-)
  12. Stripping blowmolds to repaint

    Search one of my threads where I redid most of my blow molds. Oven cleaner! Yep, oven cleaner is where it's at. You can spray it on the mold, come back a few hours later and the paint just falls off. Never any damage to any mold either.
  13. GFP Closing

    Does anyone have any info or links to this Cado company people were talking about and what Christmas molds they have?
  14. GFP Closing

    Want to talk about corporate greed and sending jobs overseas? I have worked for Best Buy for 8 years now. The last 5 of these years I have been working from home doing remote IT support. You have issues, you call in and link up with us, I fix your problem. Last Wednesday we found out that they are cutting 70% of our jobs (yes I got let go) and they are having our 3rd party company in the Philippines take over all the work. Talk about a kick in the gut! Now this with GF. Where are we ever going to get brand new molds now? I normally would buy 1 or 2 new ones each year, but who knows I may not even be able to afford to put up my display this year. Corporate greed sucks!
  15. Selling off more molds

    So are you no longer putting a display up since you are selling everything?