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  1. i decided to make one last trip to the Goodwill outlet store (surplus items) before Christmas to see what was available. It was good timing because I was able to find two more blow molds for my nativity display - the GFP standing wise man and a cow. The best find was a "Gemmy Lightshow Christmas Lights 6' Projection Lamp Post with Lighted Signs, Electro-Fire". The two blow molds were less than $5 together and the lantern was $13 based upon the weight. The light in the lantern is special. It's an LED assembly that flickers with and orange color. It really does look like a candle flame. W
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  2. Well despite the huge size I liked the animated flame LED bulbs so I decided to use them. I used the jig saw to widen the mount hole for the bulb to get in.
    4 points
  3. I've gotten to the point now where I'm needing to rotate what I put out every year, simply because I'm out of lawn space. I can't really go any closer to the road because of the sidewalk plow, and fear that if I add more on the rest of the lawn it will look too cluttered, so I'm rotating things out every year. For example, I had a (mostly) different set of figures sitting on the wall last year, some of which I used elsewhere, some of which I kept inside. I also used a different Disney set last year. The only new scene entirely this year is the Empire/Alderbrook snowman trio towards the bac
    3 points
  4. We have been awarded a Beautification Holiday Edition Award from a local community group .Someone entered us in the competition without us knowing and we are grateful. We have hit the big time! Our picture is going to be in our local newspapers. Yes we have two papers and they both come out weekly and have basically the same stuff in both. It's that type of area. This is our first year doing this. 32 channel LOR with all LED. The PC community has been very helpful and I thank you all for taking time to help us that are new to all of this. If you responded to one of my questions or answered som
    3 points
  5. We got a few inches of snow so I took a couple pics of the display.
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  6. I am new to the Christmas display community and have used PC as a place to learn new stuff each week. A friend sent me some links to some Facebook groups as that is what he frequently uses for ideas and support. So I joined up and did some scrolling through a couple of these groups. I actually posed one question hoping for some suggestions. The responses I got ranged from nasty language to disrespect. I had one helpful suggestion. I will spend my time here from now on. I realize there may be some humor, rolling eyes, or whatever when I post on here but this place has been really helpful to me
    3 points
  7. I've visited this house many times--an annual tradition! They are the nicest people and have the most amazing collection. Many of their items are older and have seen many winters. Whereas I keep my nicer things inside... they seem to put everything outside. They add more each year... I have a closeup of the reindeer head see below. I asked where he got them but now I forget. Maybe Virginia?
    2 points
  8. Set part of our yard up as a walkthrough for the first time. It included a few homemade animatronics that had been from another display here in town that hadn't seen daylight in over 20 years.
    2 points
  9. I hope the forum stays. Yes, they are not as popular as they once were and that other entities, from Pinterest to Facebook, have all the pizazz of the moment, but forums are where serious discussions take place. The internet needs forums. They are an archive of past discussions, which are just absolutely invaluable libraries of information. I love pizza and a particular pizza forum upped my game in a way that social media never can. Reviewing threads that went back to the early 2000's, their information was still relevant to me. The same with this forum. If someone has a question, c
    2 points
  10. Merry Christmas everyone. I hope you have all had a great day. I wanted to share some pictures of my display. Still no where near where most of you are but getting bigger every year. Such a fun hobby. Will be time to take it down soon which stinks. It always goes too fast!! I’ll fix my upside down pictures from my laptop tomorrow!!
    2 points
  11. Some new things added to the display; these are twilight shots; I need to retake after dark but this way you get to see all the wires and tags and other "behind the scenes" things that you would miss in the dark.
    2 points
  12. This year is the final year for our display. New Hampshire Chronicle came and did a story on us.
    2 points
  13. I'm on a wire frame one in book face that's not bad. You can't beat good ole PC for real info. I know there are two other forums Christmas sites similar to PC but that are 98.38484999% animated, dancing, pixels and all that jazz. I know there's plenty of that here but also tons of static help. Heck even stuff on storage is great here.
    2 points
  14. The person who wrote this letter is clearly the intolerant one. What I would love to say would surely get me in trouble and would not be family friendly. 😡
    2 points
  15. Mel, so happy to hear about updating blow-molded!!! There are multiple pictures that don't show up for me now, but it is a tremendous gift and resource.
    1 point
  16. My neighbor stopped over tonight to tell me they had some plastic carolers in their basement from when they moved in that they wanted to give me. Believe these are around 1960s? Stamped Beco on the back. Happy to add them to the display for next year!
    1 point
  17. Has anyone ever seen this? This display is really something, it spans three properties and is an entire topic in itself, but this reindeer head at 7:27 caught my eye. It doesn't appear to be the art style of GP or be made of the materials favored by Crystal Valley. You occasionally see a one-off tabletop blow mold made by a toy manufacturer or something along those lines and discover a previously unheard of company, but that almost never happens on the municipal blow mold scale, as people with the resources to make these things usually did so full time and are fairly well kn
    1 point
  18. Thanks for letting me know it’s odd that it would be that different. I might call them and find out what’s up with high shipping rate.
    1 point
  19. Other option is to pull the old lights out and replace them inside of your figures with new LEDs. I’ve had to do this on a number of my items. It takes awhile but that is ok. You have over 10 months to get it done 😂
    1 point
  20. Didn’t build it. Bought it. It has fiber optics.
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  22. Congrats on winning!
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  23. Hey there. We changed our arches after 12 years to a tunnel. Short video from last year but it'll give you an idea. https://cypressholidays.com/light-video-from-2019
    1 point
  24. I've been storing my blow molds under my deck for the last 25 years without issue. I don't put them in anything.
    1 point
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  26. McKinley, here’s your answer; the power supplies in the Amazon link are all 12v D.C. which is too much voltage for a single LED, which typically operate at 3volts or less. It’s critical to match the output voltage as closely as possible. Your original nameplate is showing 2 - 4 volts. Going over or under will kill or greatly reduce the life of your device being powered. For output current, the replacement must be equal or greater than the original. ‘Using a replacement with higher amperage capacity could actually be good since it allows for cooler operation and consistent voltage. The
    1 point
  27. Congratulations, that's amazing!
    1 point
  28. If that knocks out the string, you might instead leave them in and wrap each unwanted bulb with black electrical tape. It’s worked for me before.
    1 point
  29. All depends on what type of strand it is. Most likely though pulling one may drop part of your strand. Just pull one quick and see what happens.
    1 point
  30. Congratulations!
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  31. After about a decade of waiting, I finally got into blow mold. I had planned to wait until Black Friday but they were sold out days earlier at the local Ace Hardware store. After searching all over the internet, I found them at ToolBoxSupply.com (Troy, NY). I saved about $20 by not buying similar candles at Lowes.
    1 point
  32. Thanks for the kind words. The staging is born of necessity; our yard slopes severely from the street to our porch so you can’t just set things to display on the ground; the “stages” let us bring them to more eye level and give you something flat and sturdy to mount the molds to (they are actually bracketed to the OSB). The backgrounds – about half of them are shower curtains of all things; the others are fabric photography back drops. You can find a limited selection of the latter that are machine washable (which means they are outdoor ready) but most are made of a stiff plastic that isn’
    1 point
  33. When I was a teenager our neighborhood sponsored a Christmas lighting contest. As I remember I spelled NOEL in giant block letters on the roof and animated them a bit... but there was plenty of competition. I walked away with a $10 check and was soooooo proud. Now that I think about it, that was 50 years ago... Maybe a way to stimulate more outdoor decorating is to get with your neighborhood homeowners association and convince them a lighting contest is needed for 2020. Heck, in my area I'd even donate $50 in prize money just to get participants 'motivated.' I'm thinking "Great Chri
    1 point
  34. Wow! The staging is amazing. Where did you find the background scenes, and what kind of fabric are they made of? Also, did you make the cutout manger scene? There’s almost too much to take in...spectacular!
    1 point
  35. Nice display Brian... what a gift you gave all these years.
    1 point
  36. This year we had a lot of people on my street put up lights and some are way over the top displays with mix of RGB and blow-ups. My street is 2 miles long and about 60 families put out something. I was able to get everyone on my block to put out lights and went and helped a few others:) down the road one house made wood cut-outs with snowmen on them for photo opportunities. Since a lot of people are working from home and not leaving for Christmas the displays have really been stepped up:):)!!!!
    1 point
  37. I kind of had a similar experience. Joined a FB "Christmas Decorations" group and all it was was boring people posting pictures of their Christmas trees. Quickly got out of that group and decided I'm just gonna stick with this place. Merry Christmas to you as well!
    1 point
  38. That looks pretty cool...
    1 point
  39. Hey all, new to the site. I have been putting up Christmas displays since I was little, but have really ramped it up over the last few years. Make a lot of stuff out of pvc and wood, looking for ideas, troubleshooting and just learning about different thingsand helping others if possible. If I had to guess I’m around 30k+ lights that are lit. Have a bunch more but ran out of ideas and will probably have to upgrade our electrical panel next year. submitting some photos, but I have added since then. Once the weather holds off I’ll try to get some better pics and drone footage G
    1 point
  40. Finally my order (Nov 27) of two westinghouse 3-c7 bulbs replacement cords is on the way. Light bulbs: - Tried to use 3W flickering incandescent bulbs but the brightness were too low. https://www.ebay.com/itm/12-Flicker-Flame-Light-Bulb-Edison-E12-Candelabra-Base-Flickering-Orange-Glow-3W/154111173935 - Also tried to use flickering/flame LED bulbs but they were too big to fit in the lamp hole. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Animated-Flickering-Fire-Effect-LED-for-Parties-Christmas-and-Halloween/164454289217 - I'm now using 0.6W LED (7W incandescent) bulbs. https://www.ebay.com/itm/12-Pa
    1 point
  41. Poloron post. The hunt begins......
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  42. I found a Driveway alarm from harbor freight works Great.I place them thu out my display to stop theft.. Wireless Driveway Alert & Driveway Alarm System (harborfreight.com) This wireless security system has a wireless receiver that chimes when the infrared security alert sensor detects motion outside. The wireless motion sensor mounts easily to a post or wall, and you can set the receiver anywhere in your house (within 400 ft. of the sensor). A wireless receiver chimes to alert when a person or vehicle comes within 400 ft. range Powerful outdoor weather-proof infrared s
    1 point
  43. I guess the Lowe’s pixies did it over night, but I walked in to our lowes here in broken arrow and all of the Christmas was out. If there’s one thing that would brighten this sucktacukar year, it would be Christmas! They’ve added a good sized Santa, maybe three feet tall or a bit more, so I grabbed an African American Santa for $69. I hated to pay that much, but I can’t gripe about the lack of blow molds and then not buy one when they produce them.
    1 point
  44. I found a youtube video from a few weeks ago about CADO plastics and there different products. Towards the end of the Youtube video they go down to the floor and film the making of the snowman with penguin 75305. The youtube video is long but it has some good information the last 5 minutes is the best!!!(in my book). youtube link:
    1 point
  45. I really enjoyed watching this video. Thanks for posting it here.
    1 point
  46. Next the blowmolds were brought up and reattached as before. Big Taz had an issue; as the rim at the bottom hole of Big Taz is nowhere near flush with the plywood, it was hard to get both cuphooks in a place where they could both help keep Taz attached, so I rigged up some wire at the rear attached to a side brace to help keep him anchored. I added some sandbags over the bottom part of the frame to help out in strong winds; doubtless more sand will make its way up the ladder tomorrow. I wonder how much sand is REALLY enough? [Yes, that's an airplane that Taz is trying to catch!]
    1 point
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