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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. I too have a sodium vapor street light right in front of my house. It is about 30 feet line-of-sight from the front corner of my attached garage. As I acquired my blow molds and other Christmas display stuff I converted it to all low-voltage LED. There is such an array of LED lights these days you can get any light level you need and still save a lot of watts. The string lights were already LEDs and bright enough. I have a couple fabric covered displays like a snowman and a 40" tall striped candle. Originally both had lights attached to the inside of the fabric. It was too much trouble to string LEDs in place of the old lights so I just installed a plastic pipe with LEDs spiral wound around the pipe in the center. It works great. Sometimes you need to think out of the box as they say. The alternative is to get out the old daisy air rifle or sling shot and blaze away but I don't think the local authorities would appreciate that.
  3. Duke4life

    Street light

    What about the rest of your yard? What about the rest? How are you combating the light?
  4. That's SWEET!! I know ours in the cul de sac is an old HPS..looks sickly lol, maybe one day.. looks great!!
  5. How does everyone secure their wire reindeer? I've got about 9 nine. One I just picked up had a base made out of wood and seems pretty easy to then just drop some stakes in the keep from falling. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  6. Scott Rob

    Street light

    This was from last year
  7. Duke4life

    Street light

    How does everyone deal with a street light that glows bright into your yard? Been focusing on lighting up the house but even then some of the light reaches it
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  9. Slankard, sell them through Mercari.. you'll be happy you did.. cheers J
  10. That makes since, that is why I'm sticking to my guns. That's happened to me before as well.
  11. I've seen ads like that before here then show up day of and they say they sold it days ago so as a buyer I have said the heck with it and at least asked in case they want to move it. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  12. We're moving my mother into a retirement home (92 in December) and we're having an estate sale. I added a few surplus blow molds...a n eight piece nativity set, a tpi Santa, an empire snowman, the elf painting the workshop sign, and a life sized animated grinch and Santa....that don't work, plus two homemade 4x2 foot sleighs. I posted it on marketplace with date and time of sale. In two days I have answered hundreds of emails asking if they can by them now.. Am I missing something? I have stated no pre sales, no shipping, yet I'm feeling like I've done something horribly wrong! Do people not understand simple English? I'm dreading Friday at 8 am. There may be fist fights!
  13. https://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/clt/d/new-york-6-vintage-halloween-and/7018705359.html
  14. I add a light and cord to the ones I got at Kroger. They look pretty good on front porch. I am glad I zip tied them to deck. I did get the other dog one not pictured for $8 but did not have time to put him out for Halloween.
  15. Good point about thieves. I'm going to display it inside with the molds.
  16. Actually, no I didn't notice that. Thank you! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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  18. Menards SKU 2961616. $30. 30" it says
  19. I don’t think 40 bucks is to bad at all.
  20. Did you notice the voltage requirement? " Input voltage: 195-240V " Not usable in the US. Different design that works on universal voltage but a bit more expensive and based on the COB filament design rather than 3528 LEDs https://www.ebay.com/itm/3D-Fireworks-Bulb-G80-A60-ST64-E27-LED-Retro-Edison-Glass-Fairy-Light-Decor/143272088818?hash=item215bae94f2:m:mkymOWIpBT4tAJlFm3OcU8w
  21. I was going though my blow mold folder and came across the price of 40” tall nutcracker. On Black Friday in 2014 regular price 39.99 and on sale for 29.99 from American Sales,K-mart, garden ridge ( I bought 6 for that sale price). So it looks like for 40” tall blow mold the non-sale price went up 1 cent:)
  22. Very nice. Did you end up being able to sell this? My neighbor told me he made one years ago and it is just sitting in his barn now. He gave me 3 inflatables free last year so trying to find the right words/time to see about letting me use it in my display for his viewing pleasure. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  23. Looking for something interesting for the sconces outside on the garage. Not a fan of the solid red and green look. I found these on eBay, anyone have feedback? Or something different? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F401734012600 Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  24. I’ll have to go back through the pics, but it was a pallet of candles. Had a Noel candle and what looked like the Mediterranean candles. I have some replacements but buried. Got a bunch from the last time I was at GF.
  25. I wonder which candles they have. It would be nice if we could get them to make up some replacement flames and let us buy them direct. Who wouldn't like to have some extras? (I could use some standard GenFoam/Empire NOEL flames and a few GV/Poloron flames.) I'm kind of surprised that they aren't offering any other candles since candles are usually popular. TED
  26. Just curious if anyone here would pay $75 for a giant Poloron Santa with such badly damaged paint? It's probably the largest size I have seen but not the largest Santa Poloron made. Seller says 45" but blow-molded lists it at 48" tall. It's not close by (3.5 hours by car) so I wouldn't have considered it anyway.
  27. I'm not a huge fan of QVC, BUT they are big enough that they can get deals on shipping so maybe something good will happen. TED
  28. Somewhere I have a Santa face. I think it's made by Poloron. (I can't easily put my hands on it at the moment because I'm not sure exactly where it is.) When I bought it I didn't even realize what it was. It has some slight damage on it. I think I paid a dollar for it. At the time I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it but it was kind of neat and I figured that it would get thrown out if no one bought it since it was at an Estate sale. TED
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