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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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  1. 4 points
    Been looking for one for a long time but they always seem to bring a lot of money. I think I got an ok deal on this. It’s in good shape with just a little bit of glitter rubbed off. The inserts are a little faded but I have some nice spares I can put in it.
  2. 4 points
    The good news: the PlanetChristmas forums are about to undergo a big change. The bad news: people hate change and the new PlanetChristmas will have a different look and feel. When: February 1, 2018 Some details: The forums you are reading now be switched to the 'Archive' mode on February 1m, 2018. It's a fancy term meaning everything will stay online but no new posts, messages, classifieds or registration will be allowed. The search engines will still be able to find everything you've posted over the last 20 years. Much of your PlanetChristmas account information will be copied to the 'new and improved' PlanetChristmas. When you first attempt to log in you'll have to reset your password. The new PlanetChristmas merges the forums and DIY website. You'll also have the option of social media capabilities. Much of what you like about Facebook you'll be able to do in the new PlanetChristmas... minus the never-ending Facebook ads and unwanted news articles. I'm looking forward to taking advantage of groups. The forums will begin with a clean slate. No more timely topics about Christmas Expo 2011 .) Sharing pictures and videos will be easier because a degree from Geek University won't' be required. Classifieds are being revamped to make things simpler to understand. ...and a lot of other features I haven't discovered yet. But... for some of us old-timers (I'm one of them) this big change could be frustrating at the beginning. Buttons and links will be in different places. Strange terms might have you scratching your head. Getting all your new options set just right will take trial and error. Think of it as one step back to be able to jump three steps forward. Are you super-worried about any of this? Feel free to share your concerns with me: [email protected] Stay tuned. This is going to be fun!
  3. 3 points
    I been using vampire plugs and SPT-1W wire for many years I had good luck with them. The wire is good up to 7amps I try to keep any one cord less than 5 amps = 600W. Below pictures are some of the cords I have made up and the parts needed to make more cords up. I would recommend trying it out. I use Action lighting for my plugs and holiday lights express for SPT-1W wire. If you want to try it out on small scale/cost go to action lighting order 100ft of wire and some in-line plugs. And see if you like the results. The choir stand uses one wire 40’ long with 24 in-line plugs.
  4. 3 points
    New to blow molds, lucked upon a set of Grand venture sleigh and 4 reindeer in an attic a few months ago , had always wanted a set. And now Im hooked....drove an hour to pick up a nativity set yesterday, but really slim pickings in my area. Then My father sends me a text with pics of all sorts of brand new General Foams at a store! There all new old stock, but at full retail and then some. Brand new in box flying reindeer $100, I saw a 20% off all lawn ornaments sign and considered it to add to the display...but ...asked clerk if blow molds were included, she looked at me like I was asking for her first born,,, and proceeded to tell me "ooh No". Last pic is my little set up going up..
  5. 3 points
    Happy Holidays everyone here is my display for this year.
  6. 3 points
    Garage sales have started this year and Letgo has blessed us!! Does anyone know about the Dapol antern on what year it was made? I know it lights up and has the original, non safety plug . Also the candles? Year ect? Thanks J
  7. 3 points
    I want one of those for each side of the steps to protect me from my kids!!!!
  8. 3 points
    What an awesome item that I've never seen before. Unfortunately $500.00 is not in my budget!
  9. 3 points
    Well... we're into August. Is anyone out there working on their cutouts for this year besides me? I got started last week and am having a blast. The characters are cutout, the Coro attached to the frames and the painting has begun. I'm doing "Toy Story" figures this year. Here's a couple of pics... one of Buzz with a first coat of paint and one of the other characters awaiting the paint process. To give you a little perspective... Stinky Pete's box and bow are right at 8' tall. Share what you're working on for this year and include some pictures of your pieces during the creation process!
  10. 3 points
    Here are some pics of the 2017 display. Some things I wanted to do never got done, due to time. I wasn’t able to start until it was already October. Many, many improvements already underway for 2018. Also, I do realize I’m wildly late to post this. My apologies I was going to upload videos as well, but can’t seem to figure it out
  11. 3 points
    Sad indeed! I have accumulated around 170 or so molds over the years and this is another reason I want to hang onto mine longer now. I made a large display with them and have many of the same types such as drummers. angels, trumpet angels (have 25 of these in different colors) choir people! I want to replace all the C7 incandescent bulbs in them with dimmable C7 LED bulbs in some and pixels in some others but with my back problems I have not set up my display for the last couple of years. I was thinking of selling some stuff but still have the idea that maybe I can set up some things so I hold out hope on a display yet! Now I guess I will have to keep things just so they will not disappear entirely. Especially when I see some molds sitting on the side of the road for pickup by the trash collector! That is sad when many times the molds justs need some TLC and taking care of to bring it up to looking just fine. Times change as do all things I guess and certainly business is business but can be sad to see an era going away.
  12. 3 points
    I just have to say, looking on scum-bay, the rejects have started the price hike already.....
  13. 2 points
    I just read this story and wanted to share. I hope this is ok to post.
  14. 2 points
    Does anyone else have this municipal piece? It is a single, double-sided piece. I bought it at auction today. Just looking for info/history. Thanks!! Kelly
  15. 2 points
    My wife is a true hero at feeding my addiction. Yesterday while at work and says she found someone selling his whole fleet of blowmolds.....cheap...man I love her. Only had to drive an hour and it all just barely fit in the van. I should be able to sell everything I don't need/want for a profit too. Got the whole santa, sleigh, reindeer combo in blow molds too. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
  16. 2 points
    It's that time ,time to get off my butt, and think of what to do ..Hopefully add another mega tree this year, will have over 110 molds out. What is everyone else doing?
  17. 2 points
    Was on Craig's, seen these and picked up ,and a trade of a nativity set. Never see the green lanterns before, didnt know they existed..
  18. 2 points
    'Simply having a wonderful Christmastime' by Paul McCartney makes me hurry to turn it off. Somehow it always comes on in the grocery store when I'm shopping and I wish I had ear plugs.
  19. 2 points
    Picked up this guy today because of the kindness of a fellow member in another group. Friendships matter. I was thrilled to get it.
  20. 2 points
    I finally got all the info together for my Shooting Stars How To. Shooting stars.pdf
  21. 2 points
    Got this snowman and looking for some info it looks like the poloron one I have but light cover is plastic and not metal like my other one did someone else make and is wooden pole on merry Christmas sign original thank you
  22. 2 points
    been working on our Saint Patrick's Day display, here is the newest member
  23. 2 points
    Yes nothing @ Target but was lucky to pick these up at waltmart 2 for me and 2 for Big J
  24. 2 points
    Also last year I had push button set up so people on the sidewalk could push the set of songs they wanted. It was a big hit with the kids. The only problem was it rained almost every day in December. And the contact on the push buttons when wet had some voltage drop and MP3 control had issues since the voltage is only 5V and drop made it come back as 3= null reading. This year I just went with speakers on all the time. The round holes in the picture were for the round outdoor speakers.
  25. 2 points
    Last few years, I stepped up to switch from incandescent to LED lights. Some are plugged in and some are powered off from the batteries (solar chargers modified output at 12V). Might not seem much but compared to other houses, I went big this year.
  26. 2 points
    There’s a lot of nativity out there and most different sizes. Below are a few I found. One of picture is mine the columns behind the nativity are 14ft apart if that helps. My nativity is general foam it’s very common. Hope this help /good luck.
  27. 2 points
    Chuck, Long time fan of Planet Christmas here but since the change of forum format a little over a year ago I am lost. (Plus or minus the time of the change of format) I have really lost interest because I am having a hard time navigating. Any advice on where to get a tutorial of the new layout? I love the service that PC offers the lighting community, I might be too old to adapt to the changes however.
  28. 2 points
    After searching around on the internet (Google, eBay, Amazon, Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, etc), I found a 10 FT tall Christmas Tree inflatable at a very good price for $49 (+ Free shipping! over $35) at Walmart. Others 5-8 FT Christmas Tree inflatables cost around $55-$80 (some charge more for shipping). This is the tallest inflatable I currently have. Others are 4-5 FT.
  29. 2 points
    I built a dedicated shed for most of my controllers. Exception being the controllers for smart pixels in which case I took 3/4" conduit, bent into a 180 degree arch, welded a crossmember (really not needed) and using self drilling screws, secured these hoops to the back of the controllers. My first attempt included 2 cross pieces welded and then I determined they are not required at all. I then drove 2 short pieces or rebar into the ground and set the controller over them. Works great ! Side benefit, the "hoop" makes a great handle to carry them and/or hang them up in the garage after the lights come down
  30. 2 points
    Went to Target today and came home with these. They are definitely different from the ones they sold in past years so I had to add them to the collection.
  31. 2 points
  32. 2 points
    The Santa says "Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas" and plays either "Jingle Bells", "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" or "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" for a few seconds. I took it out of the box today and tried it out, it works perfect and is in like new condition. I do not know about that snowman, the only snowman I can think of with the sensor and speaker is the one in the attached catalog page. Mel
  33. 2 points
    Donna, I definitely do have a limit on how many duplicates I get and keep for our collection. Most of the collection consists of one of each variation of a particular blow mold but we do have two each of several that we like. Like most everyone else storage is a continuous problem as I find it extremely difficult to resist any blow molds that we do not have in the collection. I have bought several small molds for the collection since getting the 70 from our friend. Several of the 70 are smaller table top molds along with Halloween flashlights, spook sticks, etc but over half of the molds are Christmas ones. Here are a few pictures that I took this morning of the inside of the storage building, I have not taken individual pictures of most all of blow molds yet. There are table top molds and candy pails in most all of the totes and boxes in the pictures. The trailer is too full to be able to take much in the way of pictures. Mel
  34. 2 points
    In my opinion, I think there's a difference between someone who collects many different kinds of items (hoarder) and someone who is a collector of a specific genre. It makes you a Christmas decorator/collector. I certainly wouldn't let the fools at Netflix sway how you feel about Christmas decorating.
  35. 2 points
    A couple of newspaper ads with Union Products blow molds. The first ad is from 1972 and has Mr. Claus, Mrs. Claus and Jolly George, Union Products introduced all three as new that year. The second ad is from 1973 and has Mr. Claus, Mrs. Claus, Jolly George and Mrs. Jolly George. Mrs. Jolly George was introduced as new in 1973. They are 13" table top pieces with original first year prices for each of them. Mel Mel
  36. 2 points
    I've been reading all the latest news about how Facebook has been sharing user information with 'suspicious actors' around the world. I've always thought it a bit creepy how only stuff I like seems to show up in my feeds. Information gathered at PlanetChristmas is not shared with any entity. That explains why you see the stuff you like as well as the stuff you don't like. Your information at PlanetChristmas is safe and secure. Now I'm starting to wonder... was life better before Twitter and Facebook?
  37. 2 points
    I’ll happily shine light for everyone. I was in person for the auction and boy what an experience to be in the plant that made all our blow molds. I even met the Vice President/owner of Cado. That was even better! He purchased the SB Mrs. Claus, 28” Empire/GFP Nativity, and the lot of unmarked candles. Before the auction he purchased the soldier, penguin and the famous dancing Santa. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  38. 2 points
    This would be really fun prop to build and cool to display. However storage would be tough, very tough. https://www.thewinfieldcollection.com/product/North-Pole-Express-Helicopter-Plan/New-Woodcraft-Patterns Maybe modify the windows and use Plexiglas, so there could be lighting inside the helicopter. Tks! Joe
  39. 2 points
    When I was at the plant I noticed a lot of items that have not been sold in a few years. I made a list of the ones I picked up. I also include some pictures. List of some of blow molds I picked up at GFC Norfolk Halloween: 23” light up pumpkin H7009 36” light up slim pumpkin H7077 36” Light up Vampire H2202 Light up bat H1074 Ghost pail with handle H1280 **************************************** Christmas: 40” Deluxe Standing Shepherd C61810 Deluxe Nativity Wisemen C61820 25X40” Deluxe Camel C61840 40” Nostalgic Traditional Santa C5990 ************************************* Easter: 28” Pink Peep Bunny EP5528
  40. 2 points
    Please keep all informed when you do get the company off the ground. We will all be searching high and low for molds to get our hands on. ?
  41. 2 points
    This made me so sad now. I was hopeing to keep colecting alot of the molds that I like but that dosent look like it is going to happen. So does this mean stores like menardswont have GF this season? I hope another company buys them and makes them again but I REALLY dont want them to make them cheaper than they alredy are. Im gonna have to start babying my molds again. I thinking repairs and repaints are in my near future. I have the full size nativity that I got for free last year. It was a kinda old one but now That things price is gonna skyrocket! ( not that I would ever sell it!) Im only a teenager but I have grown up with the blowmolds and vintage decor my parents and grandparents had. I hope the other kids don't lose this tradition and see what we all see in it. Ive got to keep my stuff togeter to pass it on to my kids now lol.
  42. 2 points
    Richard, there may be some interest in the aluminum molds but will there be anyone interested enough to pay a decent price for them. There are some of us that watched what new items GF came out with the past few years and immediately knew we would never add any of them to our collections or displays, especially the flat modernistic ones. Whatever happened to the happy, cheerful holiday blow mold designs that brightened our neighborhoods up until the early 2000's? In my opinion General Foam did their share of bringing their demise in the plastic business by going to the modernistic and LED lighted items out at the expense of the traditional cheerful designs that make people happy. I don't know if GF still has the Beco molds in their inventory or if possibly they don't exist anymore, but if they do I wonder if they had produced some of those like the 30" boy & girl "Angel Singers" or the 30" Choir singers would they have been successful with the stores buying them and what about the 22" ones? I doubt they would have gotten enough orders for the 40" ones though because of the high price they would have to get for them. Possibly they just thought that the younger generations wouldn't have any interest in the happy cheerful designs anymore and only want modernistic boring looking designs in there yards now. I have not taken pictures of our collection of 30" Beco choir and angel singers yet so I can not include links to most of them. http://blow-molded.com/Beco___Angels.html http://blow-molded.com/Beco___Carol_%26_Choir.html Mel
  43. 2 points
    LED's are not there yet. Vendors claim they look just like incandescent but they don't. I have hope because I found a C7 LED in Home Depot that is marketed as a night light that perfectly matches the traditional C7 ceramic white lamp. These LED lamps also have a glass envelope and not a plastic one. Now if they would just ceramic color the glass envelope - not paint but fuse the color with the glass like GE used to do in the late fifties thru the late seventies - they would have a winner. I even did an experiment and sent it to the LED manufacturer. They don't seem interested but someone who actually wants to revolutionize LED Christmas lighting will. Go several more season with incandescents and then a true incandescent looking LED will be on the market. Here's my experiment....
  44. 2 points
    Our village is much smaller than many of yours, but we did have a giant rodent stop by this year. (it's my boys' hamster Smokey)
  45. 2 points
    I used Krylon Fusion for plastic paint. Works very well to let the light shine through.
  46. 2 points
    As it stands now. Or until I add more things to it. : ) Can't seem to leave these things alone. It's not a tour, just one photo. With boxes. Still have a lot to set up inside and out.
  47. 2 points
  48. 1 point
    Just received my first one - can't wait to see it in my display this year. I second qberg's comments: Quality appears high and shipping was fast. Thanks!
  49. 1 point
    Nice Find, So Cool! I was looking at something online similar to these a year or so ago, but like you said the price was prohibitive and then there is the shipping costs to where i live in the north. Curious about how they light up, I think the ones I looked at were battery powered LED. (Battery powered stuff doesn't stay lit very long at the freezing temperatures we get up here at Christmas time, and is not Lightorama 120-volt friendly)
  50. 1 point
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