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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. 3 points
    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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    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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    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. 2 points
    I came across these general plastics catalog pages. I have never seen them before. Has anyone seen one of these in person or ever for sale? I'm wondering if any survived.
  5. 2 points
    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?
  6. 2 points
    Wow!!!! Please tell us more. How long does it take to set up? How many blow molds? Are you using all led bulbs? This is awesome and the kids must love it 😀
  7. 2 points
    Figured out which is my favorite.
  8. 2 points
    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
  9. 2 points
    Details: Approximately 10,000 lights, mostly LED Power requirements: Less than 9 amps Set up time: 55 hours. Lights on: November 28. IMG_0817.MOV
  10. 2 points
    Finally got around to making a candy cane streamer. Might add a few more candy canes.
  11. 2 points
    https://www.thespruce.com/buying-blow-mold-yard-decorations-2736398
  12. 2 points
    I just read this story and wanted to share. I hope this is ok to post.
  13. 2 points
    Wow that is a crazy price by today's standard... Even the shipping was reasonable.
  14. 2 points
    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
  15. 2 points
    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:
  16. 2 points
    QVC host David announced that they are planning on selling blow molds for the 2020 season! He couldn't say which ones or how many, but he did mention Noel candles as an example of a blow mold for those who don't know what it is. Christmas starts in July on QVC. I'll be watching for sure and keep you updated. I guess the blow mold tree they sold this year was a big success. :)
  17. 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?
  18. 2 points
    Here is my house, had it done back in the end of September. Not all blowmolds, but I like how it turned out Here are the back sections, closer to the house more close up 🙂
  19. 2 points
    Was browsing the local craigslist, seen these ..had to work and they where still there at 4 pm
  20. 2 points
    They are very cool and bigger than I thought. You may also try Amazon. They have them listed on there and are cheaper. Either way I’m happy with mine.
  21. 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..
  22. 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.
  23. 1 point
    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!
  24. 1 point
    Want to add mint condition of these 2. Pm me thanks in ohio
  25. 1 point
    here is the half page photo the Cartersville Ga Tribune put in Sunday paper and here is the link again to the story http://www.daily-tribune.com/stories/christmas-cheer-kingston-couple-transforms-property-into-winter-wonderland,23808?fbclid=IwAR3Z_kwfNnLG86c0aQG7HTRTO_GwJNUHENLLFyM1qrF-UnJQ14l-FvPLJ34#.Xe8DaHShXzN.link
  26. 1 point
    According to Blow-molded.com the Angel was made by Lidco and was introduced in the 1960's. She is pretty common on EBay and Etsy. 😊
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    Hi Donna, THANKS!! We use the siding hook(s) from Menards. It is SKU 2850715. They are stainless, and have used them for years and they work GREAT!! Snap the hooks in and we use aluminum ,chainlink fence ties (Top rail) Menards SKU 1715455, to make a hook ,to put in the keyhole, on the backside of the Gingerbread boy/girl and the Featherstone trees. Wrap it around the siding hook. We use 2 of the siding kooks,per mold,to keep the wind from banging it around and tossing it off the house. The upper hook,uses the aluminum tie and the lower siding look, we put a series of zip ties around the mold and the hook, and holds it PERFECT! Hope this helps:) MERRY CHRISTMAS
  29. 1 point
    Great display, thanks for sharing! 😊
  30. 1 point
    I would feel comfortable saying your set was made by Poloron. Holiday Innovations did make that set and they did not take the Poloron name off a lot of the molds but they did not make them until 1988-1991. Making them that late they would not have used the older cords for the lighting. As for the Empire set, Empire purchased the Poloron molds from PTN (Holiday Innovations) in 1992 and made them under the Empire name. Empire did not make or sell any blow molds with the Poloron name on them. Mel
  31. 1 point
    I make replacement noses If you end up buying them
  32. 1 point
    Finally hit 20k this year. I have probably 4k inside with trees, leg lamp and village. I'll get the backside of the house tomorrow. Goal for next year is 25k. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    You are correct, Spielbauer was a distributor. Mel
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    Your wish is the Chinese suppliers command but not in a corn bulb style. Here is a chip-on-board 110V, 500 lumen, white, E12 LED bulb. The killer is if you only want one for $1.56, the $2 shipping charge gets in the way but the shipping charge is the same if you order 10 at $14.77. That's about the same as you would pay a domestic seller for the corn bulbs. Delivery time is fairly quick compared to the ones with free shipping. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dimmable-COB-LED-GY6-35-G4-G8-G9-E10-E11-E12-E14-E17-BA15d-Lamp-bulb-Warm-White/172943361657?hash=item28443a4679:m:mUpk51-tpcrk6MJWLyjBdMg
  37. 1 point
    Per the press release from ABC, The Great Christmas Light Fight has been renewed for the next two years! Here is a sneak peek of this year's season. Any PlanetChristmas folks on it this year?
  38. 1 point
    One of our local secondary on-air channels cycles through the many years of Home Improvement . Nearly every time one of the Christmas programs airs you can see a variety of blow molds on the roof and at the front door. I would never have noticed that until I came to this site!
  39. 1 point
    HI Everyone, I'm sure most of us do our over the top displays and light shows because we enjoy seeing them and our family members do too but you never know who will stop by out front of your house to see your lights. My wife and I, unfortunately, recently were at our bosses mothers funeral. Her husband hired us over 20 years ago and he passed away in 2013. He was a great guy. The lovely lady that recently passed was one of the sweetest and kindest persons I have ever known. Anyway, while at the visitation before the service we were talking to our bosses wife, we have been friends with the family for many years. In passing she said they took her out to see our lights this past season. We weren't home otherwise they would have stopped in. She then thought about it for a second and told us she's pretty sure that was the last thing they did together as a family before she got sick (again). She battled cancer extremely bravely for about 8 years. She's with Jesus now because we learned she accepted him as her Lord and Savior more than 10 years ago! If really hit me latter that our Christmas light show was there so this family can have that as one of the last fond memories of her. True I love making the lights blink but I absolutely love knowing that people are enjoying our show. If Chuck Smith hasn't told you or you haven't read it in his magazine articles let me tell you this. What we do matters! Yes, have fun but it's also a bit serious. Remember you are making life long memories for the people and especially the kids watching your show. Know that 10, 15 even 20 years from now some person will ask their mother or father "Hey, remember that house you took us to back when we were kids?" "We loved doing that!" I don't mean to bring anyone down just wanted to share something that touched my heart and really made me feel good. Hope everyone has a blessed night/day. Al
  40. 1 point
    I officially started today. I have about 5% up and will turn on Thanksgiving night. As nasty as Halloween week was Friday-Sunday have been perfect for Halloween tear down getting xmas up. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk 12ft tree went up Friday night. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    I was told by someone that they had seen a Mary in a dumpster about ten minutes from me so I decided to go and pick her up and I got there and decided to do a little digging to find all these in a dumpster. They were pretty dirty but I cleaned them off and are ready to be displayed!
  43. 1 point
    How far back will it be viewed from?
  44. 1 point
    We have some of the old style C7 and C9 bulbs (non-SMD) on clearance. https://www.environmentalled.com/Clearance--c29/
  45. 1 point
    Hey @Chuck I am on quite a few other forums and one thing that I love about them is the way the front page is. Is there any way you could toss the idea up about having a page that lists the most recent thread that has been used? Half the time I get on PC, I don't have a specific reason, I just want to learn. If it was listed on chronological order, I could just see the most recently active posts and go into those specific threads. I have attached an image of an example.
  46. 1 point
    Hello everyone! I’ve written a book! It’s the story of a decorator who moves from Florida to Maine and, unfortunately, buys a house across the street from an unhappy elderly woman. As he begins to put up his display she goes ballistic and starts a campaign to shut it down. How the people in the neighborhood, who prior to this really didn’t know one another, come together over the conflict is the heart of the story. I believe this is the first Christmas book inspired by and written for Christmas decorators and, of course, it’s called “The House on Christmas Street.” If you’d like to know more about it, please click on this link. You may also pre-order your autographed copy there as well. Books will be shipped to you at the end of October. http://judypancoast.com/tune_room_store.htm Thanks for reading this! Judy Pancoast
  47. 1 point
    That’s a nice score! I keep looking and hoping I can find a score some more blow molds. I have only seen a lite color green post once. It was a Easter set up. Not sure if it’s exactly the same or not. The one attached from YouTube he put some flowers on the post.
  48. 1 point
    Our display, located at Felts Park, Galax, Va., is choreographed to a favorite Christmas tune from the past.
  49. 1 point
    Picked this up over the weekend I was amazed at how heavy it was. He came with his original shovel but the guy threw in an extra since it was getting brittle I’m very happy to add him to my collection! I actually feel better having the holiday innovations model since the Poloron one is kind of brittle due to age!
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    They are from different sets as shown.
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