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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. Those really look nice. Over the years I've slowly gone through several, and I have had to start switching between Halloween and Christmas backings, depending on the season. Finally, last year I just traced the outline of one of the old backing plates on a milk jug, cut out three and hot glued them together. I cut out a slit for the chord and then screwed the light kid onto the plastic. It actually worked. Seeing as how I'm usually 10 years behind everyone else, I'm guessing this trick has been used by many others?
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    Looking to trade or sell my Light-O-Rama CTB-08 w/heat-sink and a Mini Director. Both in excellent working condition. To my knowledge they both will work with the current LOR ecosystem. They just do not work for my needs anymore. Both have been stored inside, not in a hot garage. Controller purchased in 2005, only used twice in a show outside. The CTB-08 is listed on the Light-O-Rama store website at $109. (However, it is marked as obsolete) The Mini Director is listed at $123 (as a Gen 3, I believe what I have is a Gen 1) I want to trade for or purchase a CTB-04, or a ctb-16. If a trade is to happen, I'll pay shipping both ways, if these items are something you want to purchase, make me a offer including shipping. If there are any questions or additional pictures requested, please feel free to reach out.


    , Florida - US

  4. I noticed on eBay a guy has for sale 3D made light back plates for Santa best and GFP. He has a write up about it that’s attached below.
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  6. I would guess 20lbs per side. It Could be heavier if the back of mold is solid. Attached is a picture for height. I looked up aluminum bar 6.2x2x2=2lbs the owl pumpkin is around 14” tall and about 11-9” diameter
  7. How heavy would one of these molds be? For example, how heavy do you think the owl mold pictured would be?
  8. Oh my. I'd love to get some of these. Anyone close to the location and willing to ship to PA?
  9. Looks like someone has Noel blow mold c88 for sale on eBay. Also elf but I don’t know type or maker? They have a lot for sale. Noticed owl pumpkin and others.
  10. Cool did they get standard empire nativity set or the life size set or kids set or Santa best?
  11. Mrs. Claus, Toy Soldier, Penguin, Dancing Santa, Nativity set, pallet of candles.
  12. Big J, It just sold out about 5 min ago. I was trying to decide and poof...... it was gone.
  13. Hey Donna, are you going to order one?:)
  14. It's Christmas in July on QVC and they are showing this blow mold tree which was modeled after the vintage ceramic lighted trees. It is 3 feet tall and 22 1/4 wide.
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  16. On eBay a guy has for sale Santa best/GF Replacement parts. I been looking with no luck for a few years for top of Shepard/Joseph staff and the correct set of eyes. The Shepard/ Joseph I got at GF factory was a great price ($5) but was missing the eyes and top of staff. Attached are the pictures. I did paint the staff part to maybe better match it. I keep kicking myself about not getting more at GF. There were three more Shepard’s/ Joseph missing same parts.
  17. When you are feeling well enough, please update us.
  18. Thinking of you and praying for a full and swift recovery
  19. Praying for you good luck
  20. Praying for you and the doctors and nurses that will be working on you. Take it easy in ICU. P.S. don’t forget your phone charger.
  21. Surgery will be tomorrow. Don’t know exactly when. The surgeon gives a good prognosis. Just ready to get this over with. Just keep me in prayer for the next couple of days til I come out of Cardiac ICU.
  22. Just did. Have some one let us know how things are going when you can.
  23. OMG Jerry, MANY MANY Prayers and thoughts, GET WELL SOON!! JEFF
  24. Morning Planet Christmas Family, Requesting prayer from you all. I had a heart attack back on Valentines Day and had 6 stents put in. Had an additional 2 more stents placed. Still had no strength and my doctor had to put in a balloon temporarily til I go to UAB to have open heart surgery probably tomorrow. Just pray that everything goes as it should. thanks, Jerry
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