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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
    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.
  2. 2 points
    I just read this story and wanted to share. I hope this is ok to post.
  3. 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?
  4. 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..
  5. 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.
  6. 2 points
    been working on our Saint Patrick's Day display, here is the newest member
  7. 1 point
    Want to add mint condition of these 2. Pm me thanks in ohio
  8. 1 point
    Merry Christmas to all and a healthy and happy new year!!!!!
  9. 1 point
    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
  10. 1 point
    Great display, thanks for sharing! 😊
  11. 1 point
    Love the display and especially the pooch!
  12. 1 point
    Nice Empire Donna!! We put LED 40 watts daylight in the 2 choir people and LED bulbs in the 2 posts we have. I agree, up close they are nice, but anymore then 20ft , they are washed out.
  13. 1 point
    I make replacement noses If you end up buying them
  14. 1 point
    My attempt at classing it up a bit this year Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  15. 1 point
    We figured out the programming thing. Thanks for all the help and advice we got here. We went from knowing nothing about LOR a few weeks ago to getting ready to flip the switch on Friday. We have some other sequences done, but this was our first. 32 channels.
  16. 1 point
    I found this on the Halloween site looking for blow mold repaint ideas. I noticed that the add has the great pumpkin on it with make number H7415. It looks just like the guy in VA prototype Linus and great pumpkin. Also Attached some cool repaint ideas for Halloween. All I have to do now is find some blow molds cheap:) ( I know it’s a big wish).
  17. 1 point
    Get a stack of $$$$$ and tons of extra time lol. But for reals, Start by reading what you can find, and look for tutorials on YouTube. Maybe explain a bit what you already know, and what type of display you are trying to build, and we can help with more specific answers.
  18. 1 point
    I put LED flame bulbs in them. I think it gives them a cool look. 656E83CD-2A5D-4C5E-BC21-03919C5BAC73.MOV
  19. 1 point
    Hey Donna, me also, the prices are NUTS!! I have thought of selling off the 200 molds we have,but it's our passion lol, dont let the price gouging keep you enjoying what you like:)
  20. 1 point
    You can get plastic welding rods in various colors. Amazon has tons of them Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  21. 1 point
    I don't recognize it but the style reminds me of Drainage Products. It also has a bit of a TPI look. Obviously these are just guesses. I haven't ever seen a carrot mouth before. It's odd! TED
  22. 1 point
    I spotted this at the walmart associate store in Bentonville where the home office is. My wife works at the corporate office. This was a sample as it was marked up with sharpie showing what corrections it needed for production. I meant to post it last month but I did see it in the store here in Bentonville last night. I will post what other stuff that is up as well just did not have my phone with me. But this is one of the new designs this year.
  23. 1 point
    Good point about thieves. I'm going to display it inside with the molds.
  24. 1 point
    I agree totally it’s a hobby. I do it for the joy of seeing kids faces and the happiness my family gets from it. If I think it cost to much I pass on it.
  25. 1 point
    For that price it would be cheaper to go online and buy an authentic 60s Union or Empire soldier. And that's even with Ebay's scam prices.
  26. 1 point
    Followup to original question - these are parallel circuits so if one LED goes out the rest stay lit. If you sever a circuit, all lights after the break will not work bu the ones before will continue to light. I had a seller send me a 5V set when I ordered 12V but the set used a 12V connector, not the usual USB. When I applied power for a short time about half of the LEDs fried instantly. When I switched to 5V ti check the string, the remaining LEDs lit. The seller replaced the damaged string when I complained.
  27. 1 point
    I am still on look out for blow mold lantern from last year. Below is the green soldier on.
  28. 1 point
    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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  30. 1 point
    How far back will it be viewed from?
  31. 1 point
    Hi and welcome, I dont know what kind, but someone whom has do e those 30yrs ago would know for sure:) good luck on your cutouts, post pics when u are done:)
  32. 1 point
    We have some of the old style C7 and C9 bulbs (non-SMD) on clearance. https://www.environmentalled.com/Clearance--c29/
  33. 1 point
    Amazing Deal! and service I got my order and wished I could have got more! Thanks
  34. 1 point
    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
  35. 1 point
    Morning Planet Christmas Family, Requesting prayer from you all. I had a heart attack back on Valentines Day and had 6 stents put in. Had an additional 2 more stents placed. Still had no strength and my doctor had to put in a balloon temporarily til I go to UAB to have open heart surgery probably tomorrow. Just pray that everything goes as it should. thanks, Jerry
  36. 1 point
    It's Christmas in July on QVC and they are showing this blow mold tree which was modeled after the vintage ceramic lighted trees. It is 3 feet tall and 22 1/4 wide.
  37. 1 point
    The best price I found is at holiday lights express.com The other vendor Christmas lights etc.com they are a little more unless there having a sale.
  38. 1 point
    Good save and cant beat the price.
  39. 1 point
    great job Big J, When you texted me my jaw hit the floor!!lol, Just a heads up to everybody in PC world, Daytona is a blowmold desert lol
  40. 1 point
    Darn! I’m never that lucky. Great pick-up Big J.
  41. 1 point
    On eBay a guy has for sale Santa best/GF Replacement parts. I been looking with no luck for a few years for top of Shepard/Joseph staff and the correct set of eyes. The Shepard/ Joseph I got at GF factory was a great price ($5) but was missing the eyes and top of staff. Attached are the pictures. I did paint the staff part to maybe better match it. I keep kicking myself about not getting more at GF. There were three more Shepard’s/ Joseph missing same parts.
  42. 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.
  43. 1 point
    Home Depot has the following on sale: Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid Score Wireless Speaker Set with SKAA Technology for $64.88 (marked down from $149, originally $199 in 2017) www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-18-Volt-ONE-Hybrid-Score-Wireless-Speaker-Set-with-SKAA-Technology-P765/301045697 Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Hybrid Score Secondary Wireless Speaker for $25.88 (originally $99) www.homedepot.com/p/RYOBI-18-Volt-ONE-Hybrid-Score-Secondary-Wireless-Speaker-P761/301045683 They are highly rated. I think they will be a good way to spread music around the yard...
  44. 1 point
    I like the show because I like seeing mainly what other people are doing. I get a few ideas and use them, but I think sites like this is more useful!
  45. 1 point
    The brand most of mine are Minleon type from holiday light express. I did a set up with the lights at different voltage and my lab meter is to right of the light display. One of the pictures I add incandescent C9 and C7 bulbs at the bottom. They dim pretty good the C9 go out at 35V and C7 go out around 24V.
  46. 1 point
    Down the road from my house they were filming a Christmas movie two weeks ago and had fake snow. Which was flammable one of our friends saw the side walk/ snow bank on fire when a guy drop a cigarette in a fake snow bank! The fire department had to put it out. They did put up some Christmas stocking that looked like yours. They had SPT-1 wire with C9 bulbs. Down this way the high is 45-70 and raining. I attached a picture from news paper.
  47. 1 point
    I will for sure, if it ever stopped snowing here lol!!
  48. 1 point
    I have never seen this lighted piece before. It is a metal frame and the panels are interchangeable. It is about 4 feet tall. Santa is in there right now. The bells and caroler can be rotated in and out as well. It is double sided and will hold two panels at a time. Any info or history would be appreciated! Thanks!!
  49. 1 point
    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..
  50. 1 point
    I have been envious of a number of te great custom pieces here for a while. I created my own decoration and wanted some feedback The arch is 17.5 feet tall and 14.5 feet wide. I tried using pvc but it was too floppy. I ended up using 3/4" electrical conduit with 1/2" conduit inside and secured to strengthen the joints. It is secured to 2x4 posts on the back pf the light standards. It is wrapped in garland and LED sphere lights. I think I am going to try a large wreath in the middle next year. Thank you .
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