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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
    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!
  2. 4 points
    The photos aren't the greatest but it gives you an idea
  3. 4 points
    Way cool! Reminds me of the Little Debbie christmas tree snacks lolol:)
  4. 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
  5. 3 points
    I want one of those for each side of the steps to protect me from my kids!!!!
  6. 3 points
    What an awesome item that I've never seen before. Unfortunately $500.00 is not in my budget!
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 3 points
    Nothing completes your vintage outdoor Christmas lighting quite like snow. Christmas snows are rare for Georgia - especially an 8" snow. I created a flickr album of some pictures and videos I took. Click on the picture below and enjoy. Merry Christmas!
  10. 3 points
    Just about done now. Couple things and good to go,
  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 agree the pic is a situation with increased risk...in that the weight of the plugs will pull out of the socket and partially expose the plug creating a situation where something or someone could come in contact with them. electrical fire....yes if something fell and shorted across the exposed plugs or maybe if you plug your vacuum in the very end of the stack. If you did this, to be safe use zip cord with vampire plug ends and run a piece of electrical tape or a zip tie around it all to hold it securely seated in the female plug. Yes you can. I can do a lot of things, but not all of them are smart. If you have a solution to avoid stacking plugs in an electrical outlet I would recommend that instead. unless you have different type of plug....the fuses will NOT blow from plugging them in as shown in the pic above. The fuses are only connected to the two wires, not to the female portion of the plug. If you plug them end to end....then they will blow the first one when you overload them. Here are pics of a dissected plug to prove this. you can clearly see that the male prongs are one piece that goes into the female end of the plug. The 3A fuses protect the strand of lights due to the guage of the wire, not the size of the plug. I have never seen what the metal prongs are rated to, but it sure looks just like my 12A vacuum cleaner.
  13. 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..
  14. 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.
  15. 2 points
    I finally got all the info together for my Shooting Stars How To. Shooting stars.pdf
  16. 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
  17. 2 points
    been working on our Saint Patrick's Day display, here is the newest member
  18. 2 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..
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
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  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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.
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 2 points
    I custom painted the yellow clown I wanted something different ,I had to repaint the universal electric snowman I need the Santa for him , I think maybe I have 250 not sure exactly
  33. 2 points
    We received another pair of candles yesterday for a new addition to our collection. They are from the late 60's or early 70's and compliment the pair of the painted version that is in our collection. They are 38 ½" tall. I have recently found a newspaper ad from 1970 that shows a 42" Dapol candle that has the hexagon shape with a poinsettia on the middle of it. I wonder if that one is out there somewhere, the picture is a line art drawing so I do not know how accurate it is. Does anyone here have one or seen one like that? Mel
  34. 2 points
    I did do a test with GE C9 Ceramics and smooth, translucent OptiCore lamps. The GE lamps are on the left and the Opticore are on the right for each color.
  35. 2 points
    This is from a local Nissan dealership;they're here now filming.
  36. 2 points
    I just made this design and want to know your opinions??? ---->> for more detail visit https://www.teezily.com/christmas-spirit
  37. 2 points
    Finally done. Lots of problems this year. Here it is:
  38. 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. ?
  39. 2 points
    I finally got all of my display up after a little snafu with my vampire plugs.
  40. 2 points
    I guess I have been lucky. The old folks in the neighborhood like more decorations being out as they have gone downhill in the past. And with new families moving into the neighborhood with um.. old folks downsizing.. nothing brightens up the holidays like getting competitive dads to decorate.
  41. 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
  42. 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)
  43. 2 points
    soo uhh... what you are talking about doing, and "not being afraid to push the limits" is a light failure waiting to happen, breaker tripping or absolute worse case a fire.... Get more outlets installed and if you can, have the different outlets on different breakers. Someone above also mentioned that most incans recommend 3-4 stringed together, going much higher will probably cause them to fail. I highly recommend LEDs like Big J said above, it not only seriously dials back your power usage but you can string together many many more sets (end-to-end). I have never used incans in the quantity you are as my show is about 98% LED so my experience is limited. I am also not sure of the limits on "stacking" as you plan to do, but its giving me a headache/nightmare just looking at that photo you posted( cant imagine 15 like that...) My electrical knowledge is not limited though, electrical engineering degree... This is not something to play around with. I would also highly recommend using a spreadsheet like the one in the post I have shared below. I use this exact one and its super easy to see how many amps you are pulling with your display. Plus it keeps everything super organized. If you are getting to the point where you can easily trip the breaker by trying to use your every day items, you are getting close to overloading it.... Sorry if this was a little blunt but I have seen extension cords go up in smoke for having too high a power draw for too long. The wires used on Christmas lights are not has heavy duty as your standard outdoor extension cord. Much better to play it safe with this kind of stuff.
  44. 2 points
    That picture is a electric flare up,waiting to happen:)
  45. 2 points
    I redid 5 Carolers and a fawn last year. I used oven cleaner to strip the heavy paint off it worked great!
  46. 1 point
    Good save and cant beat the price.
  47. 1 point
    Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter from North Georgia
  48. 1 point
    Hey Wizard, the cord worked GREAT,as for the color....couldn't tell, as it was covered in snow,and at night, can't see it at all. I am going to have to build a few more, as I have aquired more candle molds yesterday and today.
  49. 1 point
    Each mold has dozens of moving parts, each serving a different purpose, once they open inside the press they "flower" open and resemble a morning glory, or a tulip. Once disassembled the parts are cut up with a plasma arch and disposed of. Im gonna guess that the mold for the PEEPS were owned by Cadbury or one of their sister companies (the candy company) and once GF was not gonna produce them under the guidelines that the owning company set forth, they called for the mold to be destroyed. If not, and another company bought the mold, they would profit from the owning companies images or possibly produce them in a way that may reflect in a negative way on the owning company. *all this is just a guess based on my past encounters with molds* But, Im pretty sure you can rule out scrap dealers buying the molds for scrao prices, because 1. scrap prices are very low, and 2. Molds are very expensive (some of the tire molds I have dealt with were in the area of 1 million each (car, motorcycle, small SUV) up to 3.5 million for the semi truck, and industrial sized tires. PS, in a good mfg facility a 1 Million dollar mold pays for itself in about 10 weeks...1 tire every 17 minutes, on a 24/7 work week = ALOT OF TIRES!!!
  50. 1 point
    Thanks! I didn't use any fancy tools or techniques either I just used cans of spray paint. I didn't even use tape to tape off the areas when I did the brown on the deer I sprayed at an angle so it would blend so to speak! The deer is my favorite I worked on these for a month. Here's a couple pics of them in the display. I used a red/orange shade on the Carolers is hey would blend with the others.
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