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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.

Rich in Las Vegas

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    Our local HOA has an annual Christmas light contest and my neighbor wins it every year. I can't compete with the extent of his display but use some of the more unusual lights like IC controlled strips and waterfall lights. It gets a little more elaborate each year but I doubt I can keep up with his array of the more conventional prodicts.
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    Retired chemist who likes to dabble in LED conversions for home and auto. I didn't put up elaborate displays in the past but have begun to add to a simple set of Christmas lights recently after Goodwill opened an outlet store nearby and the selection for cheap displays got much better.
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    Active in Scouting and cycling
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    retired
  • About my display
    Really just getting started but use LED lights almost exclusively. I convert old incandescent displays to12V LED before using them. This was mostly small stuff (candy canes) until this year. My favorite strip light is IC 6803 LED strip lights with 133 built in programs for use on eves.

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  1. I love the snow hats on your blow molds! I can't find anyone locally who sells them. It snowed a couple of inches in December a few years ago before I acquired any blow molds. The problem was desert trees are not designed to carry a heavy, wet snow load so I spent many hours cutting up and disposing of downed limbs About 1/3 each of two trees came tumbling down.
  2. From the narrative " Plastic is cracked and missing at base. Covered with white tape to support and hide. One piece missing in back 1" long-also covered with tape and colored. Motor makes a screeching sound-so you need to be handy to fix. " I think I would wait to find one for the $400 mentioned by the seller if it was in good shape. I looked this morning at my local CL and nearly all of the blow molds mentioned in my recent post are all still up for sale. You can ask any price you want but there apparently aren't a lot of buyers willing to pay a premium.
  3. I can't see the reason why an LED controller would shorten the life of LEDs. I use some of the cheapest controllers on the planet (sub $1) to operate the flash sequence on some LED strip window lights that I have used for several years now. With an incandescent light the lifetime is dependent on how much metal leaves the filament as it is used. That's why the glass envelope on older clear incandescent Christmas lights darken. When the filament gets thin enough they die. LEDs are made of solid metal pieces and unless you overheat them or subject them to over-voltage they last thousands of hours. I came across a few older plug in units designed for incandescent light sets but they specify a minimum watt rating that make them useless for LED strings. Most of my 50 LED strings are rated 4.8W compared to 70W for a similar incandescent string. Unless I strung many LED sets in series these flashers are useless.
  4. My favorite Christmas item is a 70s vintage aluminum tree made in Wisconsin that I have owned since the late 1980s. It is not a full size tree but one that can be placed on a table. It's about four feet high assembled. It started out as a store display sent by the Carnation company in LA to one of the local stores. According to the writing on the box it then was used in a local school, perhaps by one of the teachers in a classroom. I bought it at a local Vietnam Veterans of America thrift store for a few dollars. The last couple of years I displayed it with a DIY LED RGB strip light source that shines up on the tree mimicking the rotating flood lamp with a color wheel that was often used with aluminum trees. Sorry I can't give a picture of it because I got so carried away with outside decorations that I never hauled it down from the attic this year to set up. The last time I looked on eBay for one of these in full size it sure was expensive!
  5. The description of it being a I wonder if the buyer thinks he is getting a full sized Santa and sleigh that would be shown on a roof? It matches the Daypol 14" Santa sleigh and the white 11 + 1/2" reindeer . I looked at a couple of these on eBay and often the sellers often do not give the dimensions. The $20 shipping fee is a dead giveaway that this is probably a small blowmold.
  6. The same guy who is selling the gnomes and the penguin with igloos has another listing for 15 Union lollipops for sale at $25 each. I guess he must have been a collector with all these blow molds for sale at one time. No picture on the CL listing but it probably is this one.
  7. More interesting blow molds that show up on CL in the "extended area" listing. Too bad they are about a two hour drive away. They have been there for 21 days. The seller has a pair of 19" Empire elves and a penguin in front of an igloo. I could find a reference for the elves but not for the penguin. Asking prices for either is $45 The elves are missing the black snow shovels part of the original Empire display. BTW, the three local blow molds shown in my previous post have not sold yet. There are quite a few high priced blow molds in the extended list. The third picture is of a GF nativity set with an asking price of $500.
  8. You could try using the parts from an old C7 Christmas light set. Most of those sockets work just like vampire plugs. They have a base cap that holds the wire in place and a pair of copper prongs on the bulb side of the socket that bite into the cord. They are pretty difficult to get apart though. Then just space them as needed on a new cord. You can also just buy a new set of C7 sockets designed for SPT-2 cord. $8.50 plus shipping https://www.noveltylights.com/c7-spt-2-black-sockets-50-pack?gclid=cj0kcqiardlvbrcrarisaghb_swfv6f7gnoehwwlths-gog4kilqypkuyz5pfxxr1mm2_ysahaiccrcaaquwealw_wcb
  9. I stopped in my nearest Lowes last Friday and they were asking around $40 for the lighted candy cane that Home Depot had on sale for $25 on black Friday. Like all the others mentioned here it was in deplorable shape as were all the other blow molds still remaining. It's hard to understand since the candy canes sold by Home Depot seem identical yet were all in perfect shape and I managed to get the very last one available. On a more cheerful note I managed to pick up three blow molds this morning from the local Goodwill Outlet store. They were all originally Empire but these said General Foam on them. I got the deluxe sheep (painted and lighted), the deluxe donkey, and finally got a copy of Jesus. It's not the one that goes with the GFP Joseph and Mary that I bought last year but will do. The price for all three together was $5.50. They are all in flawless shape.
  10. Replacing a 12V DC converter shouldn't be a problem. You can buy a new one online from overseas vendors for less than $4 or US seller for about $7.50. That would be for a 12V 2A 24W output, plenty enough to power any blower motor. I just scavenge them from thrift stores where they rarely cost more than $2. I recently picked up a spare blower for $6 at a thrift store. It is 12W and connects directly to the wall outlet with no adapter.
  11. They show up on eBay too. Sold in lots of 25 for $55 postpaid. https://www.ebay.com/itm/C9-Transparent-Acrylic-Multicolor-FlexFilament-TM-LED-Bulbs/302855105814?hash=item4683922d16:g:m28AAOSwR7BbfivB It looks like the two sites you listed only sell to professionals. Note that the base on these is E17 so be sure that is what you have on any light strings you may wish to retrofit.
  12. It certainly is possible to run the cords internally and out the bottom of the candy cane. After reading the above post I went back to my candy cane and ran the cord out the bottom. There is a hole in the center of the base that will accommodate the cord. I had already converted mine to 12V DC LEDs and didn't like the way the cord looked hanging off the side of the candy cane. It's much cleaner with it inside. If you wish to use the original lamp holders you would have to be ready to cut the wires and splice them together again. I used fishing line with a strong neodymium magnet that would fit through the opening in the base to pull the wires through. I used a second cord with more magnets to attract the line to each opening in the side of the candy cane. It's not the easiest thing to handle the large blow mold. I probably spent 20 minutes on it.
  13. That has to be 40W equivalent for the LED bulb. I bought a 25W corn bulb with the idea of lighting my garage. It got replaced pretty quickly with a couple of bar lights instead. You couldn't look directly at the 25W bulb for very long without it becoming really uncomfortable.
  14. With series bulbs the bulb voltage is chosen so that if you multiply the voltage by the number of bulbs it will add up to line voltage or approximately 120V. 43 X 3 is 129. If you replace all of them with 2.5V bulbs it will give you 107.5. This means you will be running them at a higher voltage than they were designed for. It just means the life of the bulb will be much shorter. I would not replace all of the bulbs at once. If you replace just one bulb it will mean that all of the other bulbs will only get a slight increase in operating voltage. It's much easier to replace just the one bulb and expect it to have a shorter life.
  15. A couple of nice TPI blow molds showed up this morning on our local CL. They are probably more than I would spend on them though. Dates given are 1988 to 2003 and match the dates shown on blow-molded. TPI bear 30” $80 TPI Santa with reindeer 41” $70 TPI blue nutcracker 38” $50
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