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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. 5 points
    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
  2. 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.
  3. 4 points
    Slankard sent me the pic we ALL have been waiting for! Thanks Slankard!!
  4. 4 points
    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
  5. 3 points
    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.
  6. 3 points
    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!!!
  7. 3 points
    Happy Holidays everyone here is my display for this year.
  8. 3 points
    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?
  9. 3 points
    I want one of those for each side of the steps to protect me from my kids!!!!
  10. 3 points
    What an awesome item that I've never seen before. Unfortunately $500.00 is not in my budget!
  11. 3 points
    I was browsing Mercari for inflatables and I came across this! https://item.mercari.com/gl/m94242249555/
  12. 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!
  13. 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:
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 2 points
    been working on our Saint Patrick's Day display, here is the newest member
  17. 2 points
    Just picked these up, 2 of each. Does anyone know, where to get replacement sockets? The cords dont have a fuse plug on them. The bulbs are C9 size. Also, how can a mount these, on pole, on the yard? Thanks you all!!
  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
    Took me a second to get that one.... No worries. No Facebook. No constant advertising. No mind reading ?
  20. 2 points
    They are from Home Depot
  21. 2 points
    Been busy making bags for the blow molds again. The Santa's Best AA Mrs Claus bag is 36" x 66" and the AA Santa bag is 36" x 72". The plastic sealer I bought several months ago for making the bags is a dream for making these extra large bags of heavy plastic without any help needed. Mel
  22. 2 points
    Yes nothing @ Target but was lucky to pick these up at waltmart 2 for me and 2 for Big J
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 2 points
    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"
  26. 2 points
    Alright Virginians, Let's see your displays!
  27. 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.
  28. 2 points
    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 worth.
  29. 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.
  30. 2 points
  31. 2 points
    Let's see who, in Illinois has there displays!! I know there was an individual, whom shall remain nameless, that was recently on the GCLF.. in a suburb of chicago. Below is ours, NOT nearly worthy of the light fight...hardly close at all
  32. 2 points
    finally got most everything up, still working on lights, etc
  33. 2 points
    Got ours up and tested, have a few more items to put out, but you get the idea.
  34. 2 points
    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 string has 70 LEDs with a 4" spacing, 70 LEDs per string, 23' lighted length. I used the palm of my hand as a nominal 4" measure as I wrrapped, so the space from each bulb to its neighbors is the same left and right or up and down. A case of 24 strings gave me a total of 552' lighted length to work with. The strings came tightly twisted around themselves to make them as small as possible for shipping. It took me around 5~10 minutes per string to prep them. Prepping included: * Plug in to test. (they all worked) *Standing on a chair and dangling one end so it could twirl freely while I untwisted it. *Taping black electrical tape over the white labels. *Squirting dielectric grease into the female sockets. *Taping over the lower female socket with electrical tape as additional protection for the socket I thought might not be used. *Rolling them into a ball with the female end in the middle. *Tying them up with a wire and boxing them. I did not pull out the fuses (every string has a 3 watt fuse inside the male plug) and grease them, because they are so small that I hate handling them. One reason I chose this tree was that it was small enough to wrap without a cherry picker. I had a 6' stepladder, a 20' extension ladder, no helper. A helper would have made things go faster, a cherry picker, really faster. I found that I had to stop around 10' from the end of any given branch because they got too shaky to climb or lean a ladder against. Work got a little harder as I went along because every time I wrapped another branch I had to stop climbing on it. I picked October to put the lights up because I didn't want to be up there pushing snow out of the branches while I worked. I won't put them on until after Thanksgiving, because that would be tacky. I worked on two consecutive days and it ran around 7 hours up in the tree, which comes to less than a hundred feet of lights per hour. That they were cold days did not help. I wanted to wear gloves but had to keep taking them off to get the wires wrapped neatly. Cost: $ 310 lights $ 12 extension cord $ 25 deer netting to wrap around everything within 8' of the ground, to discourage vandals. $ 347 total. The results: Looking up into tree, day. Looking up at tree, night. Tree from a distance, day. Tree from a distance, night. In conclusion, it does look good, but the tree could probably hold two cases (1,100') of lights and look even better.
  35. 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.
  36. 2 points
    Great looking set up! Mine is below.
  37. 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
  38. 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.
  39. 2 points
  40. 2 points
    I did this for a friend of mine.
  41. 2 points
    I think my son approves.... Not sure if there is enough room in the house for my collection and his
  42. 2 points
    In illinois,where our governors go to prison,and no walmart here has Christmas out yet
  43. 2 points
    I use krylon fusion spray paint (Ace/True value/lowes) the orange is very close to generafoam orange color. Make sure your mold is very clean. Be careful not to remove paint. I also use blue painter tap or green painter tape.
  44. 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
  45. 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
  46. 2 points
    OMG Beaker.....put it in the damn sequance!!my lord, has your wife gone mad??? Its been in that song, forever!! I would... are we not supposed to put the word Christ, in christmas?? Oh,it may offend someone...though you know what...if it offends someone,oh well. I know and have met some goofs on here, but WOW!!!! This is the craziest thing I have heard of...1 more example, were we not supposed to have a Jesus Christ in our display either, or is it the "child" of Mary and Joseph....sounds redicioulous to me. Grow a pair an put it in. And light up that star!!Sorry it's a rant again, but it's the dumbest thing I have heard to date on here
  47. 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.
  48. 2 points
    Was at Lowes, they are getting there christmas stuff in order....already!!
  49. 2 points
    Tico Toys and others also made a spook stick with him in the 60's & 70"s. Mel The devil window candle was made by Spook-O-Lites in the 60's. Mel
  50. 2 points
    I use 12 lengths of clothesline with snap hooks on the bottom and carabiners on the top to make "master strands" each containing a 70 count string of of Red, Green, Blue, and White LED lights plus a string with 3 C9 randomly spaced sockets for strobe lights (not shown in this older picture) and three of the 12 strings also contain an extension cord to feed the three channels of the star on the top. The 3 LOR 16 channel controllers that make up the 48 channels that feed the LED's in the strands mount on the mast pipe with 12 multiconductor cables with 4 circuit outlet boxes on the ends to power the strands. The tree is almost 30 feet high and the bottom ring is made of 4 - 10 foot lengths of 3/4 PVC conduit fitted (not glued) together so it can be taken apart for storage. The stand itself is telescopic and collapsible. For the past few years I now have it mounted on top of the shipping container. Here's a few older photos of it. I now use a triple star made with led ropelight on a welded frame.
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