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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.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. 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.

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  2. Hello my name is Ben and this is my first day here and first post also. I live in Athens Ga and volunteer at my church as the sound and tech guy. I am reaching out to this community for a FM Transmitter I am willing to buy or borrow or do what ever is needed to have one for Easter Services for my church. Since COVID we have been able to do Facebook Live and YouTube post and broadcast. But my pastor wants to gather for Easter Service, which my church Hebron Christian Church has a big field to the left of the church and a hill at the parsonage that he could be seen by about 100 cars. I have a travel PA rig but the only piece that I am missing is a FM Transmitter. Every option to buy I have found will not be able to be delivered till after Easter ie Amazon, eBay, many electronic web sites, Ham Radio operators and shops in the Atlanta area. I am now reaching out to y’all for any ideas help or leads. I am asking that you reach out to your church first or local church’s. Especially during this time people need to hear the gospel preached. If anyone can help me my email [email protected] 706-713-0202 I am sorry if I posted this in the wrong spot maybe the monitors can move it if need be. Thanks again to this community and the talents that you have.
  3. I received an email and this attachment was below. Since a lot of people are staying at home. Most trade show have moved out or gone virtual. This site is open to anyone. Scroll to bottom to see all the companies. https://transworldvirtualshow.com/christmas/ https://transworldvirtualshow.com/
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  5. Saw this youtube video just by chance. Go to 10 minutes into it and see how clueless he is. Dollar Blow Molds at Goodwill! Buying and Selling for Profit
  6. I have two of the same old blow molds. Both need major repair. On one, its left side has a large piece missing. On the other, a large side of the right is missing. I am thinking about sacrificing one to make the other nicer. It would involve cutting about a 10 inch piece off the one and then soldering it onto the other. I know about the soldering... has anyone ever cut a blow mold like this? What tool do you recommend? Thanks.
  7. There's always next year! I'm sorry I didn't get it posted sooner. TED
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    Wire Frame Clips

    Here's another source. (I have no financial connection other than being a customer.) They are one of the P.C. vendors. I have found their customer service to be excellent. https://christmas-leds.com/product-category/wire-frame-clips/ https://christmas-leds.com/product-category/combo-clips-colored-light-caps/ https://christmas-leds.com/product-category/black-out-caps-for-led-lights/ TED
  9. Want to set up ribbon tree to run sequences to say Thank You to all those working. Does anyone have Alabama's song "40 Hour Work Week" or if someone can help do one please email me at [email protected] Lets all do it!!
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  11. Thanks for the help................James.
  12. You were the person I was referring to. They are nice.
  13. Oh my. They are seriously awesome. Look to be on great shape. Do you put them out? What is the backstory on them?
  14. Wow, these are awesome! Thanks for posting :)
  15. Last week I took out the weak 0.5a fan and put in the 0.85a fan + 3 LED lights. Now the inflatable is fuller and brighter. I should have done this LONG TIME AGO. Old: https://www.yardinflatables.com/Gemmy-Airblown-Inflatable-Replacement-5a-FAN-w-Adapter_p_1862.html New: https://www.yardinflatables.com/Replacement-85a-Fan-w-Adapter-For-Fabrique-Inflatable-Football-Helmets_p_3252.html
  16. That’s cool thanks for sharing!
  17. I have had good luck from the company below. I only did small job less than 100 clips. There is also some comical wire frame markers that might have size and amount you need. I have been to there showroom near Pigeon Forge TN. There chips are colored which is really cool. That way it’s just one string of lights. I would give them a call they are very helpful. Most of there stuff is true commercial grade items.
  18. I am looking for wire frame clips for 1/4, 5/16 and 3/8 rod, using m5 mini LED sets. Looking for 20k each size. I'm not having much luck finding anything on line.
  19. https://youtu.be/7nhFo0SOx0g
  20. Thats how I run all mine. No problems and you can move things around better with a cord.

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  22. Thanks for the response Ted. I have the Gen Foam reindeer on my roof that use the regular night light bulb and no where near bright enough so I was thinking I may try these out.
  23. Ted, Wow, those seem like a great deal. Unfortunately I didn't see this in time. Donna
  24. Thanks TED for the kind words. I try to make it as clean and neat as I can:) The funny part to me is the number of family that take their Christmas photos in our front yard. It creeps my wife out some when we leave or get home at Christmas time and there are bunch of people on our porch or in the yard:)
  25. I'm sorry I didn't get this posted until now. I should have posted it a month ago. The presale at Creative displays goes through the 28th so you have today and tomorrow. They have both 5 watt and 7 watt C7 bulbs. The 7 watt bulbs are harder to find. Most places only sell 5 watt C7s. The 7 watt bulbs do a better job of lighting up small 'molds. You can get a box of 25 for $3.25. I know a lot of you are using LED bulbs but you can get a whole box of 25 for the cost of one or two LED bulbs! They also have 11 watt S14 sign bulbs. These are a medium base bulb (which is the size of a standard household bulb). These could be used in candles that have the "full size" socket like Empire/GenFoam. They could also be used in smaller 'molds or in 'molds that are lighter in color. A box of 25 is $8.75. That's only 35 cents per bulb! Here is a link to the sale page: https://www.creativedisplays.com/pre-order-sale/ This is also the place that sells zip cord (green, white, or brown) that has UV inhibitor in the insulation and is intended for OUTDOOR use! The pre-sale price is $125 for a 1000 foot spool. That's cheaper than what most places sell the NON-outdoor rated zip cord for. The plugs for zip cord are 5 bucks for a 10 pack. Also I should mention that Creative Displays has been one of the Planet Christmas vendors for many years (since the first convention back in 2003). TED
  26. Thanks for the kind words TED. Since my yard elevation forces me to use the "stages" i try to group the molds in each one by theme. This year i added the backgrounds to hopefully give them more of a "Christmas card" vibe. Man, Scott you have an awesome display. Very jealous.
  27. You are welcome! I don't think I've seen one of the reverse painted items before. I forgot to mention that many 'molders prefer the Krylon Fusion paint for plastic when repainting blowmolds. It's harder to find than it used to be. It's not sold at walmart or Home Depot any more. Ace Hardware has a paint for plastic. I haven't used it personally but I've seen others post about using it. I haven't heard of anyone having trouble with the paint wrinkling up however I know that if you put latex paint over oil on your house it wrinkle, peel, and fall off in short order. But in repainting blowmolds all the old paint would normally be stripped first. I should mention that most of what I've said here is based on what applies to blowmolds so I'm extrapolating that it would also apply to the "flatback" items but I do believe the plastic may be a little different on them. TED
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