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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.
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  1. Thanks I appreciate that. My inlaws live in Hermitage, so I am sure we could work something out with them on picking it up and storing it until my next drive out that way. Merry Christmas
  2. What part of New York are you from? I know of at least three stores here on LI that still have molds. I went to one today to scope out to see if they were 50% off yet, but not until Saturday. I did not see anything I really wanted either, although they did have the train and tender and a few others, nothing I have to have. I think I am going to save my budget to look at the after Christmas craig's list postings, to see if there are any people who do not want to pack the molds up again for another year.
  3. Seriously... I do not think I have seen this much snow since I stopped spending winters in Meadville for college. Usually the Atlantic Ocean buffers us from big snow fall, but every once in a while we get a killer storm like this one. Oh well, at least all but 1 of my molds are now somewhat visible from under the snow. One of these days I will figure out a way to get a Goofy to complete my Disney set...
  4. My guess is the GFCI will pop cause the cords are all under at least a foot of snow
  5. Funny you should mention that... I think that there are some molds I might not see again until the snow melts...
  6. Below are the Disney Zone and the North Pole All of the big molds use CFL, and each mold is supported by a PVC pipe.
  7. Because of the size and layout of the yard, I broke it out into smaller areas and display. This give the added benefit of making it seem a bit less crowded. Below we have the Peppermint Forest, The Penguin Zone, the Snowman Army, and the Carolers.
  8. This is only the third Christmas that I have been in my house, and since my first Christmas I have wanted to have a lot of blowmolds. The first year, I had a Santa, two toy soldiers, two candles, and a penguin. Last year, my display grew quite a bit. Last year, I was up to 22 molds, mostly stuff that I bought off of eBay or Seasons LA. This year, with some great deals that I found on eBay and Craigs List, I am proud to say I am up to 69 molds in my display. I do not think it will get much bigger, because my front yard is pretty small, and there is not a whole lot of room to expand, but I am very happy with it.
  9. Kraynak's is great. The past few years whenever I visit my in-laws that live in Hermitage, I end up driving the 8 hours back to Long Island with my car stuffed with blowmolds from them. I love it when I visit over Christmas, and get the 50% off blowmold after Christmas sale
  10. Nice find! I bet most of those still have Kraynak's price stickers on the bottom too. I know most of the lot I got off of eBay from Sharpsville did.
  11. Oddly enough it was not listed under blowmolds, but one of the other 50 million other things I check every day, and I almost missed it. He still had some stuff left as of Sunday, the snowman with pipe, a small union snowman I think, and some toy soldiers.
  12. I use sections of 1/2" PVC pipe, drive it about six inches into the ground. It might wobble a bit after that, but it will stay in place, as long as the amount of pipe above ground is long enough.
  13. Yeah, I just missed out on a 12 piece one for $125 a week or so ago. Oh well. I think my display is just about finished for this year, baring any more really good finds.
  14. I just came back from picking up some blowmolds that I found on Craigslist. I almost didn't go over there, because originally it was going to be for a snowman and a nativity (since I still do not have one), but right before I drove over the guy called me and said that his daughter wanted to have the nativity for her family. I decided to head over anyway because I wanted the snow man. He ended up having a few other pieces he was selling as well, so I managed to nab an Empire Snowman, the Union Merry Christmas sign, and a Union Gingerbread Snowman. All three pieces were only $25
  15. Went through some old CDs and found that picture...
  16. Plus their Santa Claus Lane is fun too. I remember when I went a few years ago, they had a sign, "Don't Throw Coins at the Baby Jesus". It still makes me laugh. Last two years my car crammed full of Kraynak's Blowmolds. This year, I won a big eBay lot that I picked most of it up that drive, so my car was stuffed with blowmolds anyway.
  17. There is no snow like lake effect Snow. I was in Sharon over Thanksgiving, and it is the first time in years I can remember being there in November without some accumulation.
  18. I have been to Kraynak's, my wife's family is only 5 miles from it, and it was the site of my first blow mold purchase... unfortunately, it is practically on the Ohio border in Hermitage, PA (Just north of I-80). That makes it a fun drive for me to visit the in-laws seeing as I am on Long Island. If you live anywhere close to it, they had a pretty good selection when I was there the day after Thanksgiving, with most of the current GenFoam offerings, including the 5 ft Santa.
  19. Of all the pieces, those are actually the ones I like the least. I am not an artist by any stretch of the imagination, but I am not a big fan of them as is. I will probably put them up for sale (as well as some of the santas) when I retrieve the rest of them from the in-laws. The Santas are cool, but I am weird that I only want one Santa in my display.
  20. Thanks... I wish I had been able to get them all home, but as I live 8 hours from the in laws and only drive a Toyota Camry, I am happy to cram as much in as I did (I left the angel, the larger snowman, four santa's, and the Joseph and Mary back in PA). I am sure some people driving past us on the interstate were giving me odd looks I got a chance to take a good look at one of the Snowman, and it is actually a Poloron, and has a really weird lighting fixture. There is no back panel, but rather a portion of the base screws out and the light fixture is attached to it. Never had seen something like that before.
  21. I figured I would combine my trip to see my inlaws for Thanksgiving with a big eBay haul of pickup only blowmolds. 28 molds for $76.
  22. Thanks, but I think that is for the small tigger. It has been taunting me for quite a while.
  23. I know that the Santa's Best paint job has tigger with a pinkish nose (just like he does in the cartoons), but for whatever reason at the Disney Theme Parks his nose is black. When you combine that with the fact that I only have black spray paint and the hardware store did not have a good flesh tone one, I figured it was ok to compromise a little by making his temporary nose black. I just used the top of a container of baby wipes spray painted black until such time as I can find a real replacement nose for him.
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