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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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  • 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.

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  2. That is why I checked the part number on the Empire mold master list because I could not think of any candles that Empire made that would be smooth for the shrink wrap to fit over. Mel
  3. If I had the extra$ i wouldnt mind these
  4. Yeap. I noticed the base was different than other candles plus it had to be a smooth candle to get the wrap on. Don't see many of those.....
  5. Finally got around to making a candy cane streamer. Might add a few more candy canes.
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  7. Thank you for posting the pictures of the candles, these are the first close up pictures of them that show the design that I have seen. They are so rarely seen that I had forgotten about them, like Ted I thought the flames looked like Empire but wasn't sure. I see from the Empire part number on the candle that the candle mold itself apparently was made specifically for that candle at the time as Empire calls it a "Candle with shrink sleeve" in their master list for their molds. They introduced your candle as new in 1990 with a catalog #1601 and called it a "Decorative Candle", in 1991 they made it again and they introduced another candle as new using the same candle mold but with a different shrink wrap design and gave is a catalog #1600. They called that one a "Decorative Candle (Poinsettias)". Mel
  8. They show up on eBay too. Sold in lots of 25 for $55 postpaid. https://www.ebay.com/itm/C9-Transparent-Acrylic-Multicolor-FlexFilament-TM-LED-Bulbs/302855105814?hash=item4683922d16:g:m28AAOSwR7BbfivB It looks like the two sites you listed only sell to professionals. Note that the base on these is E17 so be sure that is what you have on any light strings you may wish to retrofit.
  9. Im curious about the angel. Is it a tree topper or is it bigger?
  10. It certainly is possible to run the cords internally and out the bottom of the candy cane. After reading the above post I went back to my candy cane and ran the cord out the bottom. There is a hole in the center of the base that will accommodate the cord. I had already converted mine to 12V DC LEDs and didn't like the way the cord looked hanging off the side of the candy cane. It's much cleaner with it inside. If you wish to use the original lamp holders you would have to be ready to cut the wires and splice them together again. I used fishing line with a strong neodymium magnet that would fit through the opening in the base to pull the wires through. I used a second cord with more magnets to attract the line to each opening in the side of the candy cane. It's not the easiest thing to handle the large blow mold. I probably spent 20 minutes on it.
  11. I am loving the new LED C9's that are flexible filament lights. These have finally excited me after all the many quality LED offerings. They finally look like the true incandescent that I use. I've seen the Wintergreen options: https://wintergreencorp.com/p/c9-shatterproof-warm-white-flexfilament-led-bulbs-15522.htm#F23V396 And the Holiday Bright Lights options: https://www.hblonlinestore.com/category-s/208.htm Are there any other vendors selling these?
  12. There is a pair of them on Mercari also $325😳😳 Those are COOL!!! Looks to be one in the same...
  13. Thank you again for all the kind words! TED, this is the first year I’ve had the reindeer off the ground and I was happy with how it all turned out. We have a very steep roof and inconveniently placed trees, so stakes in the ground seemed like my best bet. I did have to drill holes in the deer which I had been very reluctant to do before. The shrink wrapped candles are by Empire. I love how detailed the little scenes are and the coloring of the flames. I don’t buy many molds on eBay but when I saw these last summer I couldn’t resist. (I paid $64 for the pair in case anyone is curious. Also, one of them is damaged where the flame meets the candle.) That mark, if it’s not clear enough, reads: 024635, Empire, Tarboro, NC, Made in the USA I didn’t know much else about them until another pair showed up on eBay recently. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F223743230471 The posting seems outrageous but it includes an image from Empire’s 1991 catalog, which supposedly was the only year they were produced. (Photo credit: eBay user michael.kratochvil) I hope this is helpful. I’ll be curious to see what additional information turns up.
  14. Wow, 65 pounds for each half! That's pretty heavy. Sure, I will post some pics. I just need to unpack my indoor decorations. I decorated outside, but not inside yet.
  15. Yes, I have both sides but the back isn't very interesting to look at so I don't put it out. Each half weighs about 65 pounds. It is a beast! Can you post a few pics of your favorites?
  16. That has to be 40W equivalent for the LED bulb. I bought a 25W corn bulb with the idea of lighting my garage. It got replaced pretty quickly with a couple of bar lights instead. You couldn't look directly at the 25W bulb for very long without it becoming really uncomfortable.
  17. Been here a while, not much time to be on. I know the blow Mold soliders from Lowes have been talked about here. Bought 2 this weekend. also bought Santas small mailbox just from laying them in the back seat of the car, about half of the black paint on its cap rubbed off before I got home. No problem to repaint which I did We have a lot about 300 Gemmy Christmas inflatables, and found it interesting that Gemmy also makes these blow molds. Hope they can improve their paint. other than that no complaints. Wonder if they might add animation to some blow molds later?
  18. Awesome pieces! That Noel Lantern must have a special memory for you because you have the actual mold too! Do you have both sides? How much does it weigh?
  19. 49 watt seems like a lot compared to what some of the other molders are using. How does it look? Do you have a picture? TED Somebody posted a video recently of using flickering bulbs in candle flames. I was looking on eBay to see what I could find. They are a little pricey but you can get the cost down to just under 3 bucks if you buy a 6 pack. I didn't do an exhausting search like I tend to do when I'm going to order so you may find a better price with a little searching. There's probably a better deal if you buy from one of the direct from China sellers. Here's a link to an example: https://www.ebay.com/itm/352817176568 TED
  20. If you GOTO the Home Depot website and search from the main page for "blow mold" it will show you all the 'molds. When i was in the Home Depot here they had 4 in stock. I just checked the website and unfortunately they went back up to $49. Thanks for mentioning Michael's. I hadn't thought to check them. I'm with you there. I still have a preference for the incans although there are some darker 'molds that might benefit from the brighter bulbs. Yeah it would be nice if the light kit went up through the bottom like the Empire/Gen Foam "scary candles". I think do think you could display them with one turned "backwards". I don't think the light sockets would show too much especially from a distance. If you could run the cord down through the cane on the inside that would help hide it. TED
  21. Hi Jen, Welcome to Planet Christmas and especially to the blowmolds forum! You've collected a bunch of really nice 'molds in a fairly short amount of time! Like the rest of the group I like the candles by the fireplace. The flames look like the Empire type but I don't recognize the candles. I like the way you set up your Santa sleigh and reindeer with the reindeer "taking off". (There have been many discussions on here about different ways to display Santa sleigh and reindeer.) The little snowmen in the window look like they are laughing at the 3 large snowmen out in the cold. (Of course who will get the last laugh?) You've created a very nice well balanced display! TED
  22. I love your candles by the fireplace, do you know who made those? Could you post a close up picture of those so we can see some of the detail on them? Mel
  23. I thought the same thing! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  24. Thought it might be fun to take a look at the most prized Christmas decorations of our fellow collectors. These are some of mine. Some are sentimental (one is from one Grandmother, another is from my other Grandmother) and some are just my favorites. How about yours?
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  26. Hey everyone, original poster here... So, I think I figured out a possible solution and have a finished product that I wish to share with everyone for feedback. Next question is, how can I share my sequnce for everyone to see. Right now, I am strictly working in S5 and don’t have it associated with any actual light strings. How can I share the Preview with everyone? What I ended up doing was creating 3 groups. 1 group for Drums, 1 group for the Bass Guitar, and 1 group for the Lead/Rhythm Guitar. I mapped each instrument as best as I could by listening closely and using the Wave feature in S5 i found the Beat wizard and Tappet Wizard were hit and miss and it required many fine tuning to the timings.
  27. All strobes and/or strobe items should be on one channel. They only work as ON/OFF. Nothing else. Xenon vs. LED: They should not be ON for an extended period of time (like 30 seconds). LED are different but I treat them as Xenon. If you look at videos of others, you'll see brief strobe usage not extended usage. I turn them on at the end of songs mostly but there are many times inside a song that they can be used. Do what you want. I also start them ON a few .10 of a second early and let them ON a few .10 of a second longer so they fire on time. Check out Larsen Lights on youtube if you want to feel inferior regarding strobes since they have 2500 of them on their house. You only have 5. When you get more than the channel can handle in AMPS, of course you can put them on two channels and copy and paste. I have been doing this for a while, I have 65 strobes, all on one channel, still!
  28. Little late also, I only do the front 180 degrees of my 25' pole, due to the layout of my display. I use four sets of strings for each of the eight segments.
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