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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.

Greenia

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About Greenia

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Kindling the fire in the dark early Christmas morning.
  • Location
    Chicago
  • Biography
    Been in to molds for over a decade but the interest has more recently been renewed.
  • Interests
    Blowmolds, Lighthouses, vintage lighting, hand tools, woodworking, craft beer and breweriana.
  • Occupation
    Stagehand.
  • About my display
    All about the 'molds.

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  1. Any idea on the maker of this? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Nice, Ill have to make sure to show my support and pick those up.
  3. Something I use in my displays for main runs of power are multi outlet or "stringer" extension cords, like this one . If you don't feel comfortable with your electrician skills, this with a triple tap in each outlet is robust way of obtaining many outlets. I use the stringer cords as the backbone of my power distribution. I will then run extension cords with molded on triple tapes on their ends (like these ) out of each outlet in the stringer. And then out of THOSE secondary cords I'll run zip cord extensions out to each blow mold. Basically, its circuits branching out like a tree.
  4. I have no idea why Target (and others) call them G40 bulbs. Light bulb diameter is specified in 1/8's of an inch. So a C7 is 7/8" in diameter, a C9 is 1 1/8" in diameter, and so on. Action Lighting sells G8 an G12 bulbs, so there is disagreement among retails. Perhaps the 40 refers to millimeters? Blinking C7's are getting hard to find. In Metro Detroit I get them from Youngs Garden Mart. Some ACE hardware stores might have them. Franks Nursery (RIP) always had them.
  5. Is the turkey with the red feathers a repaint?
  6. I don't miss the Walmart days, the plastic has improved greatly since Walmart stopped selling molds. I have a pumpkin mold from the Walmart years with the thinnest plastic ever. Sure, they had the cheapest price, but they also had the cheapest, thinnest plastic. Just my experience and opinion.
  7. Greenia

    K Mart

    Back in the late 90's/Early 2000's I remember K Mart having all manner of blow molds from TPI, Grand Venture and General Foam.
  8. Greenia

    Holy Moly!

    Well, it IS a Grand Venture egg, *rolls eyes*
  9. They could be used effectively in something like a candle flame, but a GF 23" pumpkin, not so much. It could be worth experimenting but I don't see them as a suitable replacement, YET. C7 LED's have 3 diodes in them, and C9 LED's have 5 diodes in them. (That is, from the ones I've seen).
  10. If they are like all the other C7 LED replacements I have tried they just aren't bright enough for blow molds. But hey, try them out for yourself, YMMV. Also, personally, I'd rather go with warm white LEDs than the polar (cool) white you linked. Again, I just don't like how they look in molds. I just have a thing for that classic warmth an incandescent C7 gives.
  11. I use as many CFL's as I can, I typically opt for 4 watt CFL's which have an output somewhere between a 25 and 40 watt incandescent. I don't like my molds to glow as bright as a runway lights anyway, so I rarely if ever lamp up to 60 or 40 watts incandescent. As a downside, they do take a bit longer to warm up when used in the Northern winters. I've pretty much settled on 4 watt CFL's for Halloween and indoor usage and 15 watt A15 & 25 watt A19 lamps for Christmas usage. I haven't found a suitable C7 replacement, however, incandescent C7's come in 15, 10, 7, 5 & 4 watt varieties. Usually the 4 watts are acceptable but some smaller molds don't light well unless you step up to a 7 watt or higher C7 lamp. The older medium sockets were short enough to accept CFL's. With the new longer ones coming from GF, I use a dremel tool with a cut off disk to shorten them. That plastic is tougher than it may seem!
  12. Color me interested. I'm always interested in candles or lamp posts.
  13. Never seen those glitter creations before. Is the glitter mixed in the mold, or applied on to the plastic? Not sure if I like em but the black could look good with a yellow bulb.
  14. A pheasant? Union really did make EVERYTHING.
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