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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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    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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    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 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.
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    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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    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 😀
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    Figured out which is my favorite.
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    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
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    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
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    Finally got around to making a candy cane streamer. Might add a few more candy canes.
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    I just read this story and wanted to share. I hope this is ok to post.
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    Wow that is a crazy price by today's standard... Even the shipping was reasonable.
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    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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    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. :)
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    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?
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    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 🙂
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    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.
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    I wish they were 3 ft not 2ft, with 2ft blowmolds, I don't like them outside because of the snow. And with LED they stay cold and the snow, doesn't melt. LOL the debate of the LED conversion.
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    Last year I mentioned that I would post when QVC presented their new blow mold during Christmas in July. Well they did and all of them sold out very fast. I captured a few pics just so we could see them. I don't remember the exact price, but I'm pretty sure it was less than $40. They were made by Mr. Christmas. The only part that lit was the flame which had a flame bulb and it uses batteries and has a timer.
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    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!
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    Thank you donna123! 😊
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    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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    The picture on the left is the octagon folded in half at the joints NOT glued together. Imagine the pieces standing instead of laying flat on the ground. The top Hal would fold down and zip tie to the bottom half. This will make a 10 foot Ferris wheel only 5 feet tall so I can store it in my shop. The picture on the right is the 8 spokes on each side connected by a support that strengthens the wheel. If you look at the picture of the completed wheel in the previous post, you can see these spokes coming from the hub out towards the seat.
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    I know there's usually not a lot to pick from but I picked up a bunch of red and green net lights from Hobby Lobby today. Every thing is 66% off now. Few things of LEDs but not a ton. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    Very nice display again this year Big J! moving this summer to TN, so last year for lights on our house in NC. Because of that, I have not made any additions this year...not looking forward to redesigning everything
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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
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    Awesome display Big J!!!!!!
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    Great display, thanks for sharing! 😊
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    Hello Everyone! I've lurked here off and on for a couple years now and have learned a lot from the discussions. I recently saw that people are hoping for a bit of a resurgence of the site, so I decided it was time for me to register and contribute what I can. Also, I'm not a Facebook user so I don't have anywhere else to obsess over blow molds with fellow fans. Blow molds feature very strongly in my childhood Christmas memories. My grandparents and parents all displayed a few and when my family drove around to look at lights, my favorite displays were always the ones with an abundance of blow molds. I've been amassing my own collection for about four years. I put up a yard display at Halloween and Christmas and I have a few of the blow molds from other holidays that I display inside. Some photos of this year's Christmas display are below (if I'm posting them correctly...). Thank you to everyone who shares their photos, expertise, and leads here. I've found it all tremendously helpful and interesting. ~Jen in Kansas City
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    Donna, your Santa, Sleigh and Reindeer are Definitely Lidco. Here's a newspaper ad showing it with some other Lidco decorations. Mel
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    Thanks; yeah i like the lanterns also; I've seen two other versions of them in catalogs, a "peace on earth" version and a "happy new year" but I've never seen either of them in the "wild" that is the original snowman and shovel; it was a lucky find last year. The shovel only has a small crack in it; it even came with the original box and i got a great price on it (shipping was actually the expensive part but that's common on big blow molds)
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    I make replacement noses If you end up buying them
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    Mold Craft produced 6 reindeer teams between their openeing in 1947 and their factory fire and eventual sell out to Heller in 1963. Heller coincidentally burnt too in late 1965 or early 1966. In the time Mold Craft was around there were really 2 "eras" of the company. In the early days (1947 to mid 50s) D*ck Wiken was head sculptor. 5 of the 6 Mold Craft deer teams were produces in this time. After he left to start his own company Sculptoris Inc. in the mid 50s, Mold Craft stopped selling items produced from his sculpts. This may have been for legal reasons or simply to offer a new catalogue of products. Regardless, after he left the only Mold Craft deer team that was produced is the most commen one (the one stamped 1958 and internally lit.) For that deer team a waving Santa was produced that could be ordered in standing or half body varieties. This deer team was marketed as "Junior Size Deer Team" even though Mold Craft only produced one size of team after Wiken left. There were 2 different "Junior Size" teams created BEFORE Wiken left, and the similar names create confusion. Since this set isn't part of the mystery and only makes things more confusing, we'll leave it out from now on. I want to focus on the 5 sets made before Wiken's departure from the company. They are as follows: White Junior Size Deer Team Brown Junior Size Deer Team No. 42-5 Life Size Deer Team No. 42-8 Life Size Deer Team (more on these in a minute) King Size Deer Team Now we have concrete evidence of the Santa's the two Junior Size teams came with. The white "Junior Size" team came with a small santa with a flat hat (see image 1.) This is the only Santa recorded being sold with this team. The brown Junior Size team came with a 6'3 waving Santa with toy bag, named "Santa Collosis". Unlike the other teams where Santa was in the sleigh, this santa was designed to stand beside the sleigh (which was full of gifts.) See the ad (image 2, sorry for the small pixel size) This is the only Santa recorded being sold with this set. The Life Size teams are where things get choppy. There were two Life Size deer teams. One involved deer with round, short faces. The other featured long faces, with little white dots on their backs. One of these was No. 42-5 and one was No. 42-8, but I havent found any catalog image that puts a certain number with a certain set. For this reason I will call them "Short Faced" and "Long Faced" Life Size sets. These sets both were sold with 3 Santas over the years. At one point, the "Short Faced" set was sold with a santa with his left arm in the air and his right arm accross his stomach (see image 3). The "Long Faced" set was sold with a Santa with his right arm in the air and his left arm off to his side, not molded into his body or accross his stomach (see image 4.) While having a similar hand position as "Santa Collosis", this Santa's left hand isn't accross his stomach, whereas the left hand of "Santa Collosis" was. Now somewhere along the line these sets both started being sold with a full body, over 6 ft. tall santa with real fiberglass beard (see image 5.) This santa is very clearly none of the Santas in images 1-4. So that's it for the Life Size teams right? Nope. Somewhere along the like a THIRD santa was sold with the two life size sets. This is a 6ft Santa with bag and is very clearly different from the other 5 Santa's we've discussed so far (see image 6.) The "King Size" team was sold with either a half body or full body (up to the buyer) "Santa Collosis" (see image 7) that was sold with the brown "Junior Size" team as well. With the large size of the deer in the "King Size" team it made sense and was to scale to have him in the sleigh instead of beside it like with the brown Junior team. But if you looked at the bottom of the ad for the third Santa sold with the "Life Size" sets, you'll see this Santa was sold with the King Size set as well. So it's no mystery how many Santas were made for use in sleigh teams by Mold Craft. Wiken-era Mold Craft made 6 Santas for its 5 sleigh teams and sold 10 combinations. Here they are: White Junior Set (flat hat Santa) Brown Junior Set (Santa Colossis) "Short Faced" Life Size Set (Left Arm Up Santa) "Short Faced" Life Size Set (Strung Fiberglass Beard Santa) "Short Faced" Life Sized Set (6ft Bag Santa) "Long Faced" Life Size set (Right Arm up Santa) "Long Faced" Life Size Set (Strung Fiberglass Beard Santa) "Long Faced" Life Sized Set (6ft Bag Santa) King Sized Set (Santa Collosis) King Sized Set (6ft Bag Santa) The mystery is the timeline. In terms of the Life Sized set, which came first? Each style's unique Santas, the strung fiberglass beard Santa or the 6ft one with the bag? Which came first with the King Size set? Santa Collosis or the 6ft Bag Santa?
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    An honorable profession for anyone who takes pride in their work. I was only in the trade for about 15 years, we bought a business in 1974 to supplement the income but by 1977 the business was giving us a comfortable income and I left the electrical trade and spent the rest of my working years with the business. We retired in 1999 and have enjoyed retirement and blow molds continuously since then. At this time our blow mold collection consists of over 1000 with very few duplicates and my real interest these days is researching the history of the blow molds and the makers of them. Mel
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    This is the tread last year. The main problem was and is the brightness of the C7 bulbs is not that great.
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    been working on this about 6 months off and on, more off than on. Now got to figure out how to move it. has wooden gears, about 12 rpm
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    Good point about thieves. I'm going to display it inside with the molds.
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    Menards SKU 2961616. $30. 30" it says
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    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've been slowly building frames for the windows the add lights to make setup and tear down for those easier. Right now probably do 4 or 5 arches over my side single car drive. I've got a pool in back that I've been trying to figure out what to do with for lighting. Last year I just did a single line around the fence in multi colored. Still looking for more wire deer to add to the hill out back. Found a few free ones last year people were going to just throw out. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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    Do I have too? Older kids say no, younger kids say yes! My gut says go with Boom Chicka Christmas after I cut the mp3 down to two minutes. Boom Chicka Boom Christmas before cut down What do you think? Ross
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    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
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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.
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    They are from different sets as shown.
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