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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. I apologize in advance for the quality (or lack thereof) of the photos My yard is a paradigm...it's a big front and side yard so there's plenty of room for decor but the yard slopes sharply from the street so i have to get creative in displaying things (like building elevated platforms). Here's the front yard which goes for a vintage theme
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    2. Went live tonight. Finished my Poloron Mechanical Santa tonight lol, talk about cutting it close. I'm pretty happy with them. They are not anywhere near perfect, but they are a million times better than what they were before.
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    3. Ok, in a few posts including one on christmasfanclub, ans Planet christmas I have sent out a request wanting to buy a plastic sleigh, and 10 deer. Yes 10 deer and here is why............................this past year my 8 year old daughter (the only girl beside her mom, so yeah she gets special treatment lol) (and bless her heart she is the most gullible person on the planet) anyway, she was riding with me in my truck to pick up a payment for a job done in little rock. Well we were riding along listening to Christmas music on the radio and Rudolph by Gene Autry came on. She was singing her li
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    4. Very sad news. I'm so glad I have my molds and will pamper them even more now that this has happened. You can look forward to the price of molds on ebay skyrocketing. Better get what you want from GFP and ebay, while you can still afford it. I wouldn't be surprised, if some China company buys the molds and then redesigns them to put crappy solar lights in them that only last for two hours and gives them that ugly bluish light look. My greatest fear is that the molds will be thrown away or sold to collectors that will never produce them again. I hate saying this, but I feel that we Christ
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    5. Here are a couple of pictures of a few of the Halloween blow molds that are in the approximately 70 blow molds that we received last month. I took the pictures today and still have to get pictures of the rest of them. Mel
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    6. I wish I had the means to by all the stamping, patents and equipment to keep it in business....i know, I'm a dreamer lolol
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    7. I collect vintage Christmas Lighting, including the Lighting Guides that were popular from the 50's through the 70's. I gave a talk at the last two Christmas Expo's on the History of Christmas Lighting and covered a lot of this. Many are finding the "next big idea" is often hidden away in one of these guides. These Lighting Guides were compiled by illumination engineers and implemented the very best practices in lighting. Even though technology has changed, good lighting technique have not. Here's a link to several of those guides: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffcarter629/collections/7
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    8. I have this saying: "the easiest thing to do is nothing." Most people seem to default to this setting. Sooooooo... I'm going to leave things alone, at least for this season .) But... I'm wide open for suggestions on how to make PlanetChristmas a better place. Please let me know here or send an email to me at [email protected]
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    9. Made this up tonight. I took three wire wreath frames. 2 12" for ears and 18" for the head. 50 count blue strand and just zip tied it all up. Plan is to make a bunch more and then "hide" them through out my entire display. We kind of are a big Disney family. I need to get a few to make smaller and maybe one large one for the roof. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    10. Slankard sent me the pic we ALL have been waiting for! Thanks Slankard!!
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    11. The blow mold storage area. The building is 24' x 36' and is over half full of blow molds including the overhead above the joists, the trailer is 12' x 61' and is packed completely full. The other pictures are of our front porch at the moment, all of the totes are full of blow molds also. The ones on the porch are waiting for me to take some pictures and make plastic bags for them. Mel
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    12. Parts are arriving and things are slowly coming together.
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    13. Hi all, hope everyone is do e decorating lol. I know it's been listed in here before, but here is our display. The dog was helping out also.
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    14. This year's addition to my display is Monster's Inc. To give you a little idea of the dimension... the door is 8' tall. My 15 year old daughter painted Mike. The red light, at the top of the door, flashes on and off... as seen in the main picture (off) and the close-up (on).
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    15. 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.
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    16. I had some sugarplum blow molds laying around and after finding just the right metal hoop and some commercial garland, I made a vintage style street pole wreath. The second photo of the three wreaths was the 'inspiration' for it.
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    17. 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 f
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    18. Chuck, I would love to see a new PC Magazine! I always enjoy them. I have printed out most of them and read them on remote job site where there is no cell phone service. Also, it would be cool if there where some articles on manufacture plant like Cado and some of the LED manufacturing plants. I know it’s a real tall order but I alway find it interesting how things are produced and I think other on here would be interested. Thanks for all your hard work!!!
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    19. Happy Holidays everyone here is my display for this year.
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    20. Finished up the display a couple days early this year. Added a 7’ Santa, a couple more swans, and a few additional strings of light here and there. ? What do you think?
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    21. 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
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    22. 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
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    23. I just have to say, looking on scum-bay, the rejects have started the price hike already.....
      3 points
    24. Such a cool website! Thank you for putting in the work to create that.
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    25. Looks like a modern take on this tree from 1958: Here it is again from a 1970 GE Christmas Lighting guide:
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    26. Order the grinch and pumpkin disk lamp post. Just got them in mail today! They look pretty good on paint. The lamp post is battery LED timer I will Be converting It to 120v led bulb.
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    27. Thought it might be fun to take a look at the most prized Christmas decorations of our fellow collectors. These are some of mine. Some are sentimental (one is from one Grandmother, another is from my other Grandmother) and some are just my favorites. How about yours?
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    28. Just wanting to wish my Planet Christmas Family all a very Merry Christmas and a most blessed New Year 2020. All of your displays are AWESOME and I can’t wait to see what your creative minds come up with for Christmas 2020. Jerry
      2 points
    29. With the help of my wife and daughter with detail painting we were able to get the nutcracker out on Christmas Eve, better late than never. 😏
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    30. A 1955 newspaper picture with some of the Christmas items Spielbauer offered for the holiday. Note the Sculptoris choir boy and girl on the table we rarely see those anywhere. Mel
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    31. I just read this story and wanted to share. I hope this is ok to post.
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    32. Yes, I have both the 100 count and 50 count minis and they are great, I have heard the 300 count strings work but don't last very long. I have now over 7,000 holiday time mini led bulbs and have only had one small issue. Best bang for your $$ in my opinion
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    33. 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:
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    34. 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.
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    35. Yep, in my eyes we won the biggest contest of all. A family stopped by, their son wanted to give us a trophy. "Best lights Ever"
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    36. Alright Virginians, Let's see your displays!
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    37. My only advice is steer clear of ebay. Yes you can rarely get a score, but people seem to think 10 year old nativity sets are worth as much as 50 year old ones. Try craigslist, flea markets, snd yard sales. Antique and thrift stores are always a good bet too. As far as price range, it all depends on the manufacturer and style. There are nativity sets worth 20 dollars a figure, and there are nativity sets worth 100 dollars a figure. As long as you get the whole holy family for about 50 bucks or less, then it doesn't matter the manufacturer or model, you've probably paid less than what it's
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    38. Got ours up and tested, have a few more items to put out, but you get the idea.
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    39. I decided to wrap a 25' Elm tree (Ulmus USDA) in lights for this Christmas. I had somewhere around zero guidance and zero experience so I decided to write this up for the next guy. I have seen the occasional tree done up this way and liked it. On youtube I found Jerry's Tree (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XG_iODz6e7E) which is magnificent. I went to www.holidayleds.com/ and bought a case of warm white 5 mm LEDS with brown wire, so as to blend in better with the bark. I chose warm white as being more cheerful looking. Cool white would be more wintery and architectural. Each strin
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    40. 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 ligh
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    41. 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.
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    42. The large Aluminum mold are used in the mold machine like #24 or #28 (Milacron) in the above flyer. Hears a link to a YouTube using a large blow mold machine that is very similar.
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    43. Scott, awesome pics. If you only seen the latest pics to hit the floor. A lot of unpainted molds are now hitting the floor. Sample pic below. Unofficial rumor is now sale ends 1/28. Not sure if that’s true. Also, another company did in fact buy the molds for the Halloween pails. Also someone purchased the tree line and pool line. And the current president and CEO is Bill Arnold Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    44. Good to know a millionaire on here:)
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    45. Cado and General Foam have already been in contact and only time will tell if anything will result from that. Mel
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    46. Thanks Mel, for saying what you did. You said the exact things I felt inside, but just didn't want to post them here. Some people may like them but to me they look like ugly flat jello molds. There is nothing magical or happy about them. It's like going to the store to buy a Christmas Tree and coming home with a cardboard print cut-out instead. I do hope the vintage aluminum molds will be saved. Allen Agree 100% with you Donna!
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    47. 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 l
      2 points
    48. It sounds like you saw those trees somewhere local to you. If that is the case then why don't you try to ask the person that displayed them? I agree with you about the whole RGB/Pixel thing. It is complicated. I think the first step in learning about them is confusion! There are lots of Christmas gatherings ranging from small workshop demonstrations to large conventions. I'd try to find one near you and attend. There will almost certainly be a presentation or class on RGB/pixels. TED
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    49. LOR is not my area of expertise but there is a forum for that: http://forums.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/forum/262-light-o-rama-world/ Ask your question in that forum and I'm sure there will be plenty of folks willing to walk you through the process. Post a pic of your tree in this thread when you're done. I would love to see what you come up with.
      2 points
    50. I used Krylon Fusion for plastic paint. Works very well to let the light shine through.
      2 points
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