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  • 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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What I found this past month

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I have had a pretty good month finding new molds on CL and garage sales. The best deal was actually when I dragged my poor wife on a 45 minute one way drive while on vacation in Florida to get the GV Sleigh and 4 reindeer. It was tough getting all of it home, but it worked out very well I think. I also really like the Poloron lamp posts I picked up this week, and the little skull tower blowmold I picked up earlier today.

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HEY not bad! I finally threw ebay out and bought two of the totem poles online for i think $50 all together with shipping.... and those skull stacks are NEAT i see them all the time online and never buy them lol. LOVE the sleigh i bought one at the auction 3 weeks ago, cant go wrong with soldiers, canes and lanterns LOL GREAT HAUL!

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Nice finds Chris. I like those Noel lamp posts too.

It has been a good year here on Long Island for me also.

I scored a Mickey Mouse yesterday for $20. I was happy and so were my kids.

That big sale that you e-mailed me about was a bust. The guy wanted hundreds of dollars for everything.

He thinks that a Union nutcracker is worth $100 and they are in really crappy shape.

Thanks again for the heads up.

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Congrats on the Mickey Jim.

I stopped corresponding with that guy near you when he refused to give me any ballpark on prices over the phone, I was not going to drive over an hour round trip with no clue on how much it would cost me.

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Now, that's a vacation story....how you met santa in Florida and convinced him to move to Long Island with you.

Great finds...I hope to get a santa and reindeer one day too.

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Chris,

Did you take pictures of the santa and the sleigh in Florida, that would make

for a great christmas card, or postcard?

I do like those light poles, nice finds.

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No I didn't... that would have been a great idea, since I was right on the beach... "Santa's Summer Vacation"

Those sleigh and reindeer were a steal, and I am glad I went and got them, even if my wife was kind of indifferent.

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Really nice finds, Chris. I just picked up another of the Scarecrow mold..someone walked off with mine last year. Skull stack is very cool..I put a red bulb in mine and it looks very creepy in the cemetary at Halloween. The more I see that GV Santa sleigh set, the more I'm thinking I need one of those.. those little deer are just too cute. I've got one sitting here in my family room from a friend to do some work on it for him, and the more I look at it, the more I want those! You did really well, congrats!

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