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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.

Scott Rob

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  1. I am very happy you got the Noel lamp. Thats a great piece!!! I hope others are able to buy the rest!
  2. I think it would be tough but there could be money made. Things I would think about some of molds at GFP we’re in bad shape they had issues ( do not use was marked on some of them) and it’s hard for laymen to determine if it good is still good just by sight. Also the more units you produce at one time the cheaper it will be. I attached the post I made with YouTube video of Cado factory. I know ones you get mold setup correct you can make 200+ Blow molds in 8 hours. With 3 shifts working you could end up 600+ in a day. Also it looks like just mold and not set of stencil used in painting process which could be one or up to 6.
  3. I check both bottoms neither is stamped with and thing. I was thinking TPI marked most of there items. But maybe not?
  4. Craigslist has been kind to me! Some of the items I got I am not sure who made them? It a set of Noel candles with non-fused plug see pictures below. Also I got a Santa with empire stamp on it but can’t find one that matches on blow molded. Any help would be appreciated.
  5. I am in Georgia. I know the ones around here ( metro Atlanta) all had the same bins. Peach tree city Walmart had only pink and lite green.
  6. I would check Walmart mine had a big bin of them. But they went to 50 cent each (I think nov1) and we’re almost gone a few days ago when I was there.
  7. Halloween went good we had 368 trick or treaters. Which for my street was about average. I alway think it’s funny the number of families that take their family Halloween photos at my house:)
  8. 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.
  9. My wife love these hallmark Christmas movies we watched a new one Saturday and it had a lot of blow mold in back ground. The movie is called two turtle doves. Union gingerbread ( inside bakery), penguins, nutcracker, GFP huge C7 bulbs and candy canes. I think about half Christmas hallmark movie have blow molds in background.
  10. I don’t know of any easy way of doing that. I did try something with my choir stand 4 types of choir section bass, tenor,... I used the beat wizard but it toke to long for me to make one for a short song. I would email LOR help desk and see if they have any good ideas. A lot of places (eBay, and google search has a bunch)have on-line sequences for sale. But you pay for what you get. I would check reviews and see what people say. Attached is one that has YouTube of sequence that are nicely done. I hope you have luck in finding it and let us know.
  11. I start putting stuff together in backyard in about a weeks. We live HOA and in city limits there’s a lot of rules and we’re not allowed to have Christmas stuff in the front yard until Monday of thanksgiving week. I hope to have everything up by Monday after thanksgiving.
  12. I was wondering what everyone’s Halloween display are looking like? Mine is still in the works but I have over half done between weather /work/family stuff.
  13. The wall lantern is below. Also went to Disney store outlet and bought Mickey pumpkin.
  14. I would check out light o Rama tutorials at the bottom of page are power point (pdf) you might find useful. Chuck had a LOR class I went to in 2013 and a lot of the information is in tutorials. I have not made the step to RGB but I know from class you can add on RGB items and keep using older units as well. Also the Light O Rama help desk is supper helpful if you have questions. Good luck!
  15. I am adding some more Halloween blow molds I got. But I am very behind:) I hope to have time to get everything prepared to put out in the yard. I have to add and check security cables to each mold. Since 4 years ago I had blow-ups and some blow molds stolen everything is now locked down. On my security cameras and the police said a crew in white van had hit 12 houses in middle of the day. They all had on all white and white hats. The positive was that I had only gotten out 6 items. And it motivated me to go to GFP factory!
  16. I really like them. I been to 5 Walmart looking for blow mold lantern and this was the only one to have soldiers and candy canes. And they had 4 of each and we’re all in Christmas tree display area.
  17. I am still on look out for blow mold lantern from last year. Below is the green soldier on.
  18. I went to Walmart in middle Georgia they had a few different things. I pick up two green toy soldiers:)
  19. I have done one like it but not stacked. Mine I design to fit on top of my front porch rail for quick install 2x6 paint to match rail and pumpkins screwed down. I have a C7 in each pumpkin for LOR system and have also used a string of C7 lights for static Halloween display. Depending on location building some plastic pipe in triangle might work or using a triangle shape plywood. Good luck! 0517160F-DEA9-4050-A93D-4852A4CBBFEE.MOV F8CFDBDA-73F0-44BE-B74F-365CF64EA21E.MOV The top video is with LOR and bottom video is static.
  20. Was at Lowe’s most of there stuff is out. They had cool Mickey blow up project things and some new blow molds.
  21. Another Craigslist find! Down the street from office. Empire 22” tombstone set with original metal pins.
  22. I have had ok luck using a solar set lights. Keep in mind solar light set I have and seen are not very bright. I would suggest ordering some set now and doing a demo set up with a set or two of solar lights sets and see if it would be worthwhile. I would also suggest ordering from a big box store and if they don’t work to return them.
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