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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • 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 hob

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  • Birthday 01/12/1963

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  • Location
    warrenton missouri
  • Biography
    I'm 48, 220+ with only 20% body fat. I'm looking for a woman with low expectations. LOL
  • Interests
    Christmas and Halloween. Really like the old Christmas blow molds. Noting can beat them for looking good all day and night long. I also have a large collection of 30's 40's and 50's classical and jazz Christmas music that I'm always adding to.
  • Occupation
    fabrication at a custom glass factory
  • About my display
    it's growing. I have 3xs the blow molds I had last year for the outdoor display. Got 31 now. LOL Plus a Nativity that'll be in the front window.

    Update Increased my blow mold collection to 114 plus I have one deer that doesn't light up and a full size deer lure. And a vacuum formed Angel.

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  1. Thanks for the link Uncle Al. The only other tutorial I know of uses a Dremel to cut the body in half. I'd have to say I like this one better. Still cutting but your not permanently removing plastic from the base. Looks like I'll be spending a lot of time on that site. A lot of cool stuff to go threw!
  2. These are old 1950's bubble lights and have a C6 bulb. All the two color ones in this pic need new bulbs.
  3. Howdy everyone. I know it's be a bit. I've got a few old C6 bubble lights that don't work. Is there a way to replace the lights without damaging the old plastic? Thanks!
  4. It's some work but it's worked for me. I put wood bases on EVERY blow mold. Each base has holes in it for spikes. Anywhere from 8 to 12 inch nails. I put the blow molds in place then use scrap wood and drill them all together. Every scene is nailed to the ground and has, in effect, one wood base. I also wrap all the plugs with electrical tape. Just remember to make a tab at the end so it's easy to take off when taking down.
  5. Well they're not foot solders anymore.... Have you tried gluing them? Hope it works for ya. Be a bummer to not be able to use them again.
  6. I put a plywood base on them with 1/2 inch holes in each corner. 12 x 12 or 12 x14 should do it for ya. Place them outside and hammer 8 to 10 inch spicks threw the holes. They don't move. A trick to get the wood base flush with the bottom of the blow mold is to put one screw in. Then pre drill the rest. Put a few new screws in and take out the first one and reset it. Very important to keep the blow mold flush with the plywood
  7. It's not the cars that bother me living between three schools. I have them stop all the time. Even had to wait to get into my driveway. If I'm outside they usually roll down a window and talk for a bit. Don't mind them at all. It's the few kids that bother me. 99% are good. It's that last one% that causes trouble. I've had some minor vandalism. I was a kid once. I did stupid things too. So I've come to expect a bit of it each year. That way when it does happen it's not that big of a shock.
  8. Thanks Mel. Great pic! Bummer you weren't able to get the catalog. But at that price? Rather have some of the blow molds in it. LOL
  9. Yep, both stamped Carolina Ind. 1974. But what are there names? What were they supposed to be? They both have a light assembly so I assume they were meant for outdoor display. But for what holiday or event?
  10. Just got these in today and have no idea who they are. Thanks!
  11. Great display Judd_Peiffer! I'm going to borrow and idea from ya. Post number 6 the second pic. Your three Grand Venture White reindeer and sleigh. Man that is SWEET! I have three brown reindeer I scatter around the display. Thanks to you I think they found a home! Totally cool!
  12. Watched the vid but haven't read 5 pages of responses. Figured I'd put my two cents in. Seriously, what what this guy using? Cherry bombs? M80s? What a joke. I was expecting to see the thing blow up. Not be whittled away by someone who had no idea of what they were doing. When I was a kid we got way bigger explosions blowing up model cars. I found the ridiculesly long fuze to be more entertaining than the 'explosion'. This is just another example of someone with no skills bagging for attention. I was disappointed in the vid. As far as subject matter goes, Ya it's a waste.
  13. Cars8, that's just for cars. They have a different standard for cars than they do for other items. Guess if you had a Chevy 1969 green station wagon you can drive it with pride! It's a chick magnet now! LOL I know a lot of the 50's and 60's plastic items I see at auctions run a high price. Not real antiques. Not really sure what the proper tittle would be for a 1970's blow mold. 'Old' is kinda generic and anything can be a 'collector's item'.
  14. Great finds VirtualXmas! I have a set of those candles. They've always looked great in the display!
  15. Blowmold collector 55 Right sure your question has been answered. But I would like to through in another explanation.... Because technically your set hasn't been cooked it would be 'Tar Tar' not rare. Or more precise, raw.
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