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Here's some photos of this year's display; I added a couple of new stages and updated others with backgrounds.  Also have a vintage Sear's nativity cutout display added.

The challenge in my lot is that the yard is sloped sharply towards the house...so if you simply put things on the ground directly, they won't be visible from the street.  So I make "stages" to elevate and level the individual displays to counteract the slope.  

Thanks for reading!

Michael

 

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Thanks; yeah i like the lanterns also; I've seen two other versions of them in catalogs, a "peace on earth" version and a "happy new year" but I've never seen either of them in the "wild"

that is the original snowman and shovel; it was a lucky find last year.  The shovel only has a small crack in it; it even came with the original box and i got a great price on it (shipping was actually the expensive part but that's common on big blow molds)

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Yeah that door cover was pretty popular in it's day.  I got mine from Ebay a few years ago...it had been used at least once prior (because it had already been cut out for the door knob) and I've used it for six or seven christmas's since.  If you search on ebay for "door panel"  or "poster" in the holiday categories, you'll see a good deal of different ones.

it is not made of plastic but of a very heavy paper (think something that is about as thick as 5 or 6 layers of butcher paper); almost a card stock; the sear's catalog calls it "fiber paper".    I have another old one that is slightly thinner stock which is more like a regular poster and it doesn't hold up nearly as well.

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1 hour ago, Big J Illinois said:

I like the Beco on the stairs,I have the other one with the green bow. 

Thanks; I'm jealous of the green bow version.   One fun thing about molds is the variation of a theme...each company has their own version(s) of santa, snowmen, lanterns, candles, etc.   I have a couple of more versions of candles and lanterns indoors.   Beco and Poloron in general are my favorite molds.  I like Beco since they have a very different look to them then any of the other manufacturers...they are definitely the most "vintage" in vibe.   Poloron's i love because the first mold I ever bought as a kid was a Poloron santa...and the Sear's catalog featured mostly Poloron stuff so that was always on my "want" list.  Plus i really like their color palette...they seemed to try and be more "realistic" in their sculpts and paints.

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Attached are pictures from the display this year still not done but at this point little time to finish any more. I will try to post a video of Charle Brown Christmas story with LOR controllers running lights and blow molds. Due to my HOA I can’t have light that blink:(. One day we will move back out onto a farm! 

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I know when I had the house built almost 4 years ago the HOA was fine. In last few years it keeps getting more strict. This quote sums it up. We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that.” We are looking out for some land to build another house!

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In my shock over the HOA I forgot to comment on the excellant displays! 

Xander:  There's so much to like!  I especially like that the Santa sleigh and reindeer are on the roof.  Other things I really like are the huge snowman family, the GenFoam ornaments that you added lights to, and candles/lanterns/toy soldiers lining the stairs.  I like the way you grouped the nutcrackers, soldiers, drummer boys and drummer bears.  Also I like the ice cream cone in with the Gingerbread items.  They look more "Christmassy" that way.

Scott:  Your Nativity is beautiful and complemented nicely by the lamp posts holding the sign.  The 'molds on the outside of the second floor balcony really dress it up.  Your entire display has what I like to call "good clean lines" (one of the hallmarks of a great display).  I like the multiple shepherds watching their flock.

Great job guys!

TED

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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.

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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:) 

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