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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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  • 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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Scrooge last won the day on December 8 2017

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    When I was about 5 years old, I heard a noise Christmas morning about 3am. The noise was dad trying to assemble a Matchbox Car service station which was to be from Santa under the tree and he was having a difficult time with assembly, muttering under his breath that all the parts weren't there. (mom tells me this part). So I was in process of waking up my 3 yr old sister telling her that Santa has visited. Mom intercepted us and shooshed us off to bed before we got downstairs. Mom and dad remember the night of little sleep due to assembling that Matchbox car service station.
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    2 score and 5 years ago, my mother and father brought apon this continent a child, conceived in october, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are not created equal.

    (some men have OCD and decorate their yards with dozens of plastic holiday figures)
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    Making it to retirement then moving to a warmer climate.
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    Its a work in progress.

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  1. I just looked at the 'completed' auctions for the grinch blowmold on ebay. Some people have been paying 70-80-90$ for these, sometimes even paying the additional 8-20$ shipping. Why? You can order one on line from menards (39.99) shipped to your house (fees, tax and shipping 12.00) for about 52$. A guy at work claims each menards store is only getting 4-6 of the Grinch blowmolds. The menards near me was sold out of grinches last weekend, yet the Disney mice and snoopy were still available. Is there some sort of shortage, thus a crazy demand for these? Im guessing that since this grinch mold is the first grinch blowmold available, that long time grinch enthusiasts (like myself ) are snapping them up. No doubt gemmy in china will make tens of thousands more in the next few years.
  2. A friend of mine just bought a set of nativity blowmolds at an estate sale. He says they were marked 'Made in Canada' on the bottom...but nothing else. We were guessing TPI...but not 100% sure. Is there another Canadian holiday blowmold manufacturer other than TPI? Or is it possible that TPI sold the molds, with the TPI logo being removed but not the 'made in canada' marking? If TPI...were these possibly of an era before the Logo? Im trying to get a picture.
  3. If thats the case, then im sure he was very happy. So, does anyone know, or was there a published list of the prices of the aluminum molds? Is a smaller mold 300$ and a larger mold 600$ ? Or what What was the price range?
  4. What an awesome storage facility! If i had that space i might actually still be putting up the big display. So, im curoius...which of your molds would you say is the oldest?
  5. 70 molds you 'received' last month? Holy moly that is one large varied delivery of blowmolds batman!! Now, not to come across too nosy...but when you say 'received'... is that like of you found and bought and via a shipment you 'received' these?... or received as in a 'gift'? I can count on 3 fingers the number of blowmolds ive ever ordered and received through one of the forms of 'mail'. The cost of shipping is a buzz kill for me. I did receive 7 Union elves in green jackets one time though...when one of my buddies dropped them off on my back patio. He knew i was into it...and got them from his parents who were cleaning out the garage. That was my personal best receipt of blowmolds ever...not counting the ones i personally went out and brought home packed like sardines in several trips with my van. But 70 in one month? Thats like 4 years of accumulating at the pace i used to operate at. Ive always personally been more about the christmas display...but admittedly have bought and displayed and sold a number of Halloween blowmolds over the years. A couple of those vertical pumpkin stacks ive never seen before...and especially cool is the horizontal halloween pumpkin stack. The ones on the porch...are even more ive never seen. Like the little ghost propping up his head with his hand....sitting in the cement fountain.
  6. What was the outcome for MerryMobile Guy? Was he successful in buying any molds at the auction? I don't recollect seeing the outcome of this.
  7. Admittedly, im a little confused. There is this forum, and then there are sub forums titled: 'sharing it', 'showing off', and 'municipal decorations', all within Planet Christmas. Why?
  8. Im guessing that there was more than 1 Union Nutcracker mold in existence and used in production. Right? Does anyone know for sure? 'If' there was only one Union nutcracker mold, and if what is stated by Richard is 100% factual...then there will never again be a Union nutcracker produced. Am i getting this right?
  9. Since ive got one of these, and even have a box, i thought id chime in on the discussion. The blowmold itself does not have an identifying mark on it that i can find. The box is marked 'Lidco', with the contents checkbox checked for choir singer. I see the number 98091 stamped on the box near the checkbox. Is that a Lidco identifying number?...or a garden store inventory number? The sides of the box not shown in the photos have no information. I am not 100% sure that this blowmold was the original contents of this box, as i bought the blowmold/box combo on ebay a number of years ago. I consider the possibility that the original owner 'could' have combined an empty box of a different choir blowmold with this choir blowmold...but my gut feeling thinks this is probably the original blowmold from this box.
  10. Personally...what let the air out of my tires...(previously member minnesnowta before being gagged) was the planet christmas 'play nice' rules...and how they were interpreted and administered. For example...I remember reading one thread...by a member who did lot of blowmold repaints. This particular member made an effort to strip and re-paint a blowmold similar to factory standards...complete with over spray, runs, and lack of detail. Okay...thats fine. To each his own. In a polite way i commented that it seemed like a lot of time to spend repainting a blowmold and then have the end result look like a basic rushed assembly line paint job. A fair observance in my opinion. Of course this set the guy off. Then im getting private warnings from the admin. Next...a year? later...a widely accepted and loved member who was known to have asbergers...posted somethng. I posted something in return which was a dry but fairly obvious attempt at good natured humor...and of course the PC police jumped all over me. The police actions, peoples thin skin and knee jerk tantrums and running off to the mod with a complaint finally got the best of me. There were too many teachers pets, with preferential treatment, the discussions were mostly 'look what i bought'...'hey, great find, wish i could find blowmolds like that', and not enough 'fun' discussions...and God forbid that there was ever a disagreement or differing opinion. We were all expected to be happy robots with big smiles and heads nodding in happy affirmation of everything. Roll foreward a few years...and i find a graveyard of a forum. Apparently most people have gone somewhere else. (edits..correkt speling airrors)
  11. So, im curious. What were the purchase prices for the holiday aluminum blowmolds?
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    You think this closing was bad...try driving through detroit sometime.
  13. My friend, who actually talked to the guy, said it was an 'all or nothing' thing. The guys pricing is figuring there are 1000 blowmolds, and that they must be worth 15$ each....thus 15000$. Sure, some of them would sell for more than 15$...but there appear to be quite a few candles, and theres no way people will pay 15$ per candle. Not only that, there appear to be quite a few commons, and i know from experience that its not guaranteed you will get 15$ for a common, especially if its buggered up a little bit. Not to mention the broken which wont sell for more than a buck (for the bulb plate) and faded which are tougher to sell. When selling a large lot like this...where the seller expects the buyer to take everything, then the seller should be giving a volume discount. If it were me, id spend a few days separating them into dollar groups. These are $40, these are 35$, these are $25 and so on. Take pics, run a new ad. People will be beating down your door. It will take a few weekends of having people come over in shifts. Eventually the sales will slow as the inventory becomes picked over. At that point...after youve maximized the full dollar potential, you put a very reasonable price on what remains of the lot. When i sold my blowmolds, it got to a point where no one wanted the common scuffed and faded blowmolds, the last 10% or so, so i kept them and thats what i use for my display today. So, the person who comes out with a truck and buys that last lot of 100 blowmolds from this guy... is basically doing him a favor in cleaning up his property and the guy is getting paid to boot.
  14. Scrooge

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    https://www.indeed.com/cmp/General-Foam-Plastics/reviews?start=20 General Foam Employee reviews...a few common denominators in the comments are: low pay (no raises), hot work conditions, bad managment and short breaks. Souns like a sweat shop...literally. Haha. I suppose they had to keep wages down due to competition from mexico and china. More of the same here: https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/General-Foam-Plastics-Reviews-E763475_P2.htm
  15. Can you say 'brittle and crumbling'?
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