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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 just got this toy soldier. It has one of the strangest imprints on the back that I have ever seen. There is a "2" above the light hole. I have read past comments here and know that it's not unusual for a Poloron Pixie to have a "2" , however under the light hole is just plain weird. The "120 volts" is backwards and the "L" in the word volts is upside down. Any clues? I'm hoping that this guy is really made by Poloron. He is made of hard thick plastic and I think the candy cane is original because of the visible striping on the very bottom. Thanks for any information, Donna I made the pic black and white so you could see the lettering better.
  3. Got it put together and up on the wooden A-frame.
  4. I love the snow hats on your blow molds! I can't find anyone locally who sells them. It snowed a couple of inches in December a few years ago before I acquired any blow molds. The problem was desert trees are not designed to carry a heavy, wet snow load so I spent many hours cutting up and disposing of downed limbs About 1/3 each of two trees came tumbling down.
  5. Very nice of you to say. The problem was the time and money I invested verses what I could hope to sell it for here in Tulsa
  6. Hi, Here are my two I used this year. I got from Etsy. Not sure if same person you got yours from. Needs better lighting but everyone loved them!’nn
  7. So when are we going to get to see how these look? I might actually be interested in getting them, depending on how they look with lights added to them, providing they do get lights added.
  8. Beautiful work. Now if only someone would do something like that where I live! Would be a beautiful addition to anyone's display!
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  10. I bought this star from the website, however it does not come (plug and play). Although they do supply the parts to make the plug ins for it. There are no instructions of any kind as far as how to do this. Anyone have this star or know how to wire the star up? Thanks, Shane
  11. Another source is Betty's Christmas House. http://www.bettyschristmashouse.com/index.htm
  12. This company has some options that may meet your needs: https://christmas-leds.com/product-category/m5-m6-led-wire-frame-light-strings/
  13. Anyone know where I can buy light bulbs and wire to put on wire frames? Not c7 or c9, I’ve done that. Smaller projects need lights and store bought are to long
  14. I'm looking for someone who has this sequence to share. Lights only (no pixels) Thanks, Shane
  15. Those would be cool to have.
  16. Sounds like the way to go. I have totes full of c9's I was going to trash looks like some of them found a new home. Thanks for the help. It would be nice to know why that works and not the snubbers.
  17. Old blow mold catalogs I have been in search for more information on some of the blow mold I have/want. I reached out to Mel about old blow mold catalogs. Mel gave the name of a guy that has a large collection of blow mold catalogs and other Christmas items on USB stick. His contact information is Mark Podmore email: [email protected]loud.com. I have included some of our e-mail correspondences: Hi Scott: I have the catalogs on USB/flash drive if you’re interested? If so, send $23.99 PayPal to [email protected] If you use PayPal Friends & Family option, it’s free. Be sure to include your mailing address. Thanks!! Mark Podmore ************ Hi, Mark Cool! How many catalogs are on usb stick? What years does it cover? ************* Hi, Scott Approx 500-600 covering 1920s-1990s. The blow molds are 1950s-1990s. The earlier stuff is all lighting. I have attached some of the list of catalogs on the USB stick I received. Also some of them have the price list for that year at the end😊
  18. I have never had to change out a bulb yet and it's been about 7 years since I started doing it
  19. Hummm I was thinking the same thing. I will do that in the end but I was hoping for a no maintenance permanent fix. But there is no load so the incandescent bulbs could last forever.
  20. I had 8 of those boxes and had to use one C7 or C9 incandescent bulb on each cord to get them to work correctly, I still use one of them
  21. I have a bunch of old animation controllers used for my old incandescent wire frame scenes but now everything has been changed over to full wave LED, of course, the controllers don't work. I have played with snubbers and resistors but I can't make them work right. I really need these to work can someone please help me figure this out or if it can't be fixed what 4 channel controllers will work with LED's?
  22. You can make them out of plywood, but I used steel. Went to a metal shop in town and had them fabricate round hubs out of their scrap metal on the cheap. I’ll get pics later if the motor but you want a gear motor, as low of RPM as you can find, duty continuous.
  23. Where do you get the hub(s) from amd what is needed, for the motor/ drive assembly? Any pics?
  24. Here is what I’ve done next. I used an existing metal hub from my previous Ferris wheel. Whatever material and diameter you use is completely up to you. Keep the end of the spokes at least an inch away from the hole in the center where the axle will be. Otherwise they get bunched up together and it’s hard to align the spoke with the holes. Normally I would do this on my driveway where it’s flat and a hard surface. But I was too lazy to walk this to the front yard! So the red circle you see under the metal hub is just there for support. It is not attached to the Ferris wheel. I used 1/4” carriage bolts to tighten the hub onto the spokes. Since the spokes are made of PVC, be sure not to over tighten. The PVC will crush some, but don’t overdo it. Be sure that the Tees that you can see in the center of each spoke are pointed down. That’s where the driveway comes in handy. You can make sure that it’s laying flat on a firm surface. The next step will be to flip this over and assemble the next octagon and spokes directly on top of this one making sure that the hubs and spokes and octagons are exactly the same lengths and lined up perfectly. You will make sure that the Tees are lined up because there will be pipe connecting the Tees as you can see in the assembled Ferris wheel picture in my last post.
  25. Greetings everyone, In preparation for next year, I would love to use my old Empire Pathway Nutcrackers but we do not have any of the stakes/light holders. I saw there was very old topic on this but am hoping someone has an idea or link for something that will work. I would like to use LEDs. We have 24 of the toppers and they would look great lining the street. Thank you in advance for any information or leads on how to use these next year.
  26. From the narrative " Plastic is cracked and missing at base. Covered with white tape to support and hide. One piece missing in back 1" long-also covered with tape and colored. Motor makes a screeching sound-so you need to be handy to fix. " I think I would wait to find one for the $400 mentioned by the seller if it was in good shape. I looked this morning at my local CL and nearly all of the blow molds mentioned in my recent post are all still up for sale. You can ask any price you want but there apparently aren't a lot of buyers willing to pay a premium.
  27. Beco Animated Santa https://newyork.craigslist.org/fct/clt/d/orange-vintage-1960s-animated-blow-mold/7047166589.html
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