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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 have attached some picture but I did not think they where sold together?
  2. I looked around and your right everyone is sold out. I did find kits in stock at Jameco. Since time is short you might think about using some thing like Skype and everyone can be there a listen though phone.
  3. I received an email and this attachment was below. Since a lot of people are staying at home. Most trade show have moved out or gone virtual. This site is open to anyone. Scroll to bottom to see all the companies. https://transworldvirtualshow.com/christmas/ https://transworldvirtualshow.com/
  4. That’s cool thanks for sharing!
  5. I have had good luck from the company below. I only did small job less than 100 clips. There is also some comical wire frame markers that might have size and amount you need. I have been to there showroom near Pigeon Forge TN. There chips are colored which is really cool. That way it’s just one string of lights. I would give them a call they are very helpful. Most of there stuff is true commercial grade items.
  6. Thanks TED for the kind words. I try to make it as clean and neat as I can:) The funny part to me is the number of family that take their Christmas photos in our front yard. It creeps my wife out some when we leave or get home at Christmas time and there are bunch of people on our porch or in the yard:)
  7. I know when I had the house built almost 4 years ago the HOA was fine. In last few years it keeps getting more strict. This quote sums it up. ”We don't appreciate what we have until it's gone. Freedom is like that.” We are looking out for some land to build another house!
  8. That’s to bad. I looked up H/I it has the pixies items in 1988 catalog but it does not appear in 1989 catalog. I have included a picture of H/I 1988
  9. The only way I have seen to tell the age is the plug. If plug is non-polarized it POLORON. If the plug is polarized then it would be H/I. Since POLORON closed before 1980 then it would have non polarized plug. That my rule of thumb. The trick is to have original light cord set:)
  10. Hope this helps it looks like it is POLORON. I have POLORON Santa with back wards letter also.
  11. Old blow mold catalogs I have been in search for more information on some of the blow mold I have/want. I reached out to Mel about old blow mold catalogs. Mel gave the name of a guy that has a large collection of blow mold catalogs and other Christmas items on USB stick. His contact information is Mark Podmore email: [email protected] I have included some of our e-mail correspondences: Hi Scott: I have the catalogs on USB/flash drive if you’re interested? If so, send $23.99 PayPal to [email protected] If you use PayPal Friends & Family option, it’s free. Be sure to include your mailing address. Thanks!! Mark Podmore ************ Hi, Mark Cool! How many catalogs are on usb stick? What years does it cover? ************* Hi, Scott Approx 500-600 covering 1920s-1990s. The blow molds are 1950s-1990s. The earlier stuff is all lighting. I have attached some of the list of catalogs on the USB stick I received. Also some of them have the price list for that year at the end😊
  12. Merry Christmas to all and a healthy and happy new year!!!!!
  13. It was about 6year worth of buying all of mine were American sales or bronners. If I had a crystal ball I would have bought a lot more. Most of mine I got on sale for 29.99-39.99). Also shipping was cheaper too. I was trying to make another choir stand of angels but the prices have been going up! I only have picked up 3 of TPI angels:)
  14. It could be Poloron. Mel would know for sure. Below is whole set of Poloron.
  15. This is the way I did my reindeer about 6 years ago. I think if you have a bunch it would work the same way. I drilled a small hole for the SPT-1 wire to go through and made the standard C7 light hole a little bigger to get LED 40watt candelabra bulbs into the reindeer. Then zip tied it on bottom that way the LED bulbs stands up straight and a little forward helps light up the neck better. In my book the reindeer needs a lot of light to show up good. Also the other SPT-1 wire goes to the red noise reindeer. Mine is set to blink on some songs and others just on. Also the sheep and Shepard’s run on one SPT-1 wire with 8 C7 sockets and some plugs for Shepard’s.
  16. Attached are pictures from the display this year still not done but at this point little time to finish any more. I will try to post a video of Charle Brown Christmas story with LOR controllers running lights and blow molds. Due to my HOA I can’t have light that blink:(. One day we will move back out onto a farm!
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    GFP Closing

    I found this in my notes. It’s copies from another site about General Foam NC factory about there unadvertised sale. I had been trying for a few years before 2016 to get there for a sale but never made it until it was closing 2017. Below is information about the sale they had from 2011-2016. I underlined dates since it’s a few years... 11.29.2011 General Foam has a factory in Tarboro that is open to the general public. I know they have Saturday hours through Christmas. General Foam Plastics 501 Daniel St. Tarboro, NC 27886 252) 824-1321 Friends of ours (trying to get them addicted to synchronized lights) picked us up some blowmolds this past Saturday - 3 large camels, a "full size" shepherd and sheep, extra sheep. The camels were $18 each....I paid them the $86 they said it cost for everything they got for us. All new in boxes. It's cash and carry; no credit cards or checks. This was an Empire factory until General Foam recently bought them. 12.03.2011 We went today! The prices were unbelievable- Snoopy $21, igloo $8, penguin $7, 5 ft Santa $32, Bears $9, Nativity pieces, angles, Choir Girls $7, Nativity animals (sheep, donkey, & cow) $5, train & tender car $45 (I was so excited), extra tender cars $14, elves with presents, candy cane, sign and mailbox $12 each (I think), reindeer $14..... I was amazed and excited. Plus more. They said they will be open the next two Saturdays until noon. Also I found out they have a Halloween sale in October. From our house way up here it was about 1.5 hours if that. 11.23.2012 Awesome deals with the large Santas (exact match to mine) for $20. The smaller Santas were $12 and $14. They only had a fairly ugly Mrs Claus out when I got there, so I asked. and a lady went digging around the warehouse for literally about 20 minutes and came back with a nice Mrs Claus. She even has glasses. Helen fell in love with a Penguin for $8. Ronnie was grabbing a lot of stuff. He grabbed a large 6 to 7 foot santa (never saw those before !). And the chorus boys and girls were $9 each. They have about 6 of each before Ronnie and zero after Ronnie. They had some 40" thin Soldiers that were the nutcracker style .. I even saw those. They were $12 each and we almost grabbed a set of 8 .. but decided we would be back in 2014 before our next show. nativity stuff was mostly in sets. I think it was about $39 for Mary Joseph and Baby Jesus. A very nice looking large camel was about $30 .. I didn;t get the price for Santa and the sleigh, but they had amazing looking all white platic reindeer with a gorgeous large rack of antlers. I could see a full set of those in a yard, all lit up and a nice red bulb for Rudolph. Since we like our old wireframe Santa and Team, we didn't go after that. I think most of the people in there had large displays. Everyone was grabbing a lot of each item and things were clearly selling out fast. I arrived right at 8amand they had already opened 15 minutes early and people had grabbed up a lot ! There are also lots of different kinds of Christmas Trees, even white ones. But I didn't check the prices. They told MIke that they are going to open every day at 8am .. but I am not sure if that meant Sunday or not. They had lots of smaller blowmolds for single digit prices, but I didn't go for any of those. They had the brown bears and the white bears and I don't remember the price. I think they were $20. They had some uglier Santas and Snowmen .. nobody was grabbing them One really large snowman was cool .. but he had too many colors on him. He would not work for RGB very well. Be sure to bring cash .. that is the onoly for of payment they accept. 11.24.2012 Actually I did take pictures with my cell camera. Also it was not real bright in there so they are fuzzy. I forgot to shoot the 7 foot santa but Ronnie was buying one. Maybe we get him to shoot a picture with a person standing along side. I only took a tiny sampling of pictures because I was on the way out. The nativity scene was right as you walk in the ramp from the parking lot. Notice the very large camel with the nativiy scene .. and the wiseman standing next to the camel was about 5 feet tall. That whole nativity setup was larger. A much nicer lamb too .. Notice the two Santas on the second picture (they are on the left). They had white and black Santas ($20 each) and those matched my 4 large Santas, so I bought 4 more (1 black and 3 white). Last year I paid $25 for a nice condition black Santa on CL. I did not realize that it probably came from here. So I added another one to have a pair. Notice the little drummer boy in the 3rd pic. He was short but really neat looking ($12 each). I think 8 of them would look great on a porch railing or just lined up (doing some tricks with the lights). Attached Thumbnails 11.29.2013 So by the time I got in there a huge amount of everything was picked over. This was at least 3 to 4 times more people than last year's opening. We did manage to get 8 Black soldiers (slightly larger than the typical skinny ones), 8 small Rudolph and 8 large lighted candy canes about 6" diameter. Everything was $8 each .. So back to the guy with the giant trailer. He had several people helping him and they were grabbing 4 boxes of everything. Some boxes had 2 (of the rally large life-size stuff, some boxes had 4 and some had 6 .. different items. Then he started grabbing a lot more of the larger stuff .. For example the full size snowmen like I have in my back row (RGB snowmen) were $14 each, except they had a blue scarf instead of a red one. I kinda liked those .. Attached are pictures from 2012
  18. I toke a few picture of STP1 wire and set up. The sheep and shepherd use one cord with 8 of C7 sockets and 4 outlets. Also I use C7 yard stakes and wrap the plug on them so that the plugs stay a few inches off the ground. I have found it cuts down on tripped GFCI outlets.
  19. Scott Rob

    Local Paper

    Congratulations it looks great!!!!
  20. These are two different snowmen left is GFP 32” and right is TPI 31”
  21. I had not gotten to changing it out to LED I have now. My whole display has been LED for past few years and it does save on power bill!
  22. Also I think the wiring harness might help since it has a non-polarized plug. And a unique way the lamp holder but I don’t have a Poloron or GV candle so I can’t compare.
  23. I agree the flame looks just like Poloron C39 candle frame and I did measure my candles and there 38” tall. The GV flame also looks same. I attached some other pictures. Also one of the flames had been broken and the guy I bought them from had used packing tape to repair it. I am planning on trying to glue it back together.
  24. That looks great! and a cool effect for sure!!!
  25. Thanks Mel for the information on Santa that also explains why I had never seen one like it before.
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