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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. Since we know they have the Santa's Best molds, most likely the Snoopy will be the same on Santa's Best made. That would stand to reason that the other molds would most likely be on a similar scale.
  2. I will be cautiously optimistic... does GF even make regular holiday ornaments? I know they make trees and such.
  3. Some more day shots. The two Haunted Mansion tombstones are my favorite pieces in the display.
  4. Just thought I would share a few pictures of this year's Halloween Display. Half of the display is more pumpkin patch themed, the other half is a haunted graveyard, and of course, the two kind of meet in the center. While molds are the predominant part of my Halloween display, for some reason, for Halloween, I have less of a problem using other kinds of decorations, such as a few wood cutouts, heavy resin, etc. For Christmas, I feel weird putting anything other than a mold or lights out for some reason. I just finished it today with two Union Ghosts I picked up from Jim Cim yesterday. Here are some day time shots.
  5. There is one available for sale on eBay right now.
  6. Nice! Was it a garage sale?
  7. I talked about it at work, and ended up with a Sunhill Pumpkin and a GF Trick or Treat witch from someone who had them unused in the basement for years.
  8. My closest one is about 500 miles... Although I work with a comsultant who goes home to Chicago every weekend, so maybe I will ask for a favor when the gingerbread men arrive...
  9. For those of us who do not have a Menards nearby.... pppppbbbbbtttthhhhh
  10. I know of two stores near me that sell molds, but one has really inflated prices (I think last year they wanted $50 per choir peep) and the other one has a nice selection for Christmas of stuff, but absolutely nothing for Halloween or Easter. Sadly, I cannot talk the wife into the 20 hour or so round trip drive to the nearest Mernards.
  11. No I didn't... that would have been a great idea, since I was right on the beach... "Santa's Summer Vacation" Those sleigh and reindeer were a steal, and I am glad I went and got them, even if my wife was kind of indifferent.
  12. Congrats on the Mickey Jim. I stopped corresponding with that guy near you when he refused to give me any ballpark on prices over the phone, I was not going to drive over an hour round trip with no clue on how much it would cost me.
  13. That skull stack was a great deal, only $1.
  14. I have had a pretty good month finding new molds on CL and garage sales. The best deal was actually when I dragged my poor wife on a 45 minute one way drive while on vacation in Florida to get the GV Sleigh and 4 reindeer. It was tough getting all of it home, but it worked out very well I think. I also really like the Poloron lamp posts I picked up this week, and the little skull tower blowmold I picked up earlier today. [ATTACH=CONFIG]36923[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]36924[/ATTACH]
  15. Didn't Poloron use that kit as well (base plate), I could have sworn I have a bumpy and maybe one or two others like that?
  16. Nice! I got one of those off of Craig's List for free earlier this year, and then got another one at a garage sale for $5. Free molds are the best molds.
  17. Hmm... that might be something to try, but the main issue is that you can see the bulb, and that looks weird to me.
  18. Yeah I saw that last night... not a big fan of how it looks, maybe this can be my experiment on painting a mold.
  19. Interesting, I did not know that they had an ice line. I need to see what this one looks like lit up. I am more excited about the snowman, since I have my snowman army, and there are still a lot of TPI ones that I am missing.
  20. Just picked these up for $5 a piece on Craig's List... [ATTACH]35696[/ATTACH] I did not know that TPI released any of its molds unpainted...
  21. Does anyone know anything about the Poloron all-white nativity set? I received two pieces of it (the Mary and Joseph) when I bought a bunch of molds out in PA this past fall, and finally got them home last week (they were living in my in-laws basement). How many pieces are in the set? Is it worth even trying to complete it, or are they so rare at this point would I be better to sell or trade them? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  22. Thanks Jim, Union was about the only manufacturer I did not look at on blow-molded.com, because I thought most of their stuff was pretty well marked. But it was right there, 31-1/2" injection molded toy soldier, item #7508
  23. Could anyone help me identify the toy soldiers I just got? I could not find any manufacturer's mark on them, only "Cat 7508". It looked like there had been a sticker on the bottom which had long since been removed. The other odd thing about them is that they feel like a much harder and thinner plastic than any of the other molds I have.
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