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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.

    Rich in Las Vegas

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    1. I was at my nearest Home Depot yesterday but didn't bother to wander over to the end of the store where they had Christmas stuff. They had no blow molds out a week ago even though there was a fairly good sized display. The barely had gotten the Halloween stuff out.
    2. I went back into the internet and looked to see what might be available that would fit. It turns out that there are some that run on 8-30V so are suitable for 12V DC with a G4 base. They are not as bright as the ones recommended - 36 LED, 2W, 220 lumens. They are a lot less expensive than the ones on Amazon that run on 120VAC. If you have a 12V DC power source (discarded wall converter) it might be worth trying one a $2.50 each. It probably will take 3 weeks to get your package from China. Some sellers are putting out very long shipping times but the stuff I order seems to come in a reas
    3. Here is an online review that may help. https://thez7.com/best-led-flame-bulb/ The first question that comes to mind is, "will the bulb fit in the opening between the base and the bulb". Most of the ones rated best in the article above will not fit the opening and use an E27 base. Before you buy any bulb you could test the opening with a standard candelabra bulb. I'd buy one of the candelabra type bulbs at my local dollar store to test whether or not they can go through the opening so you don't waste money on bulbs that don't fit. They all seem to have about the same dimensions for the
    4. I visited my local Home Depot yesterday and while I was there passed by the Halloween collection. If you have $300 to blow, they had a humongous skeleton as the centerpiece for their display. It is 12 feet high. I didn't see a single blow mold on display. The pumpkins were the foam type. Makes a spine-tingling centerpiece for Halloween Animated LCD eyes create a creepy effect Designed for indoor or outdoor use
    5. Looks like Target has some stuff out at selected stores. I was looking at the Target website this morning and this blow mold came up as available in town though not at my nearest store. 17" high and battery operated light for $20. Any of these I get that operate off a battery quickly get converted to running off low voltage DC from a converter.
    6. Holiday Christmas blow mold shopping when it is 109 degrees outside. Came across another posting on my local CL for 11 Halloween and Christmas blow molds for $100. It was too much to pass up but when I went to contact the owner the contact listing was messed up. Finally Friday I got in contact with the owner. It included 3 Empire Halloween blow molds and 8 Christmas blow molds made by Empire, TPI, GFP and Holiday Innovations. Only one looks beat up and it is the same C67 Santa mold I couldn't identify the maker previously. It is probably Holiday Innovations based on the lousy paint job a
    7. You are the one who does all of the work to keep this site running so it remains your decision. Personally I check in here every few days to see if anything new has been added. It picks up near the end of the year and slacks off after the New Year. Had I not discovered Planet Christmas by accident I would not have expanded my decorations into blow molds. Just picked up 11 more last night (see separate post). I will miss it especially because I don't post and rarely read anything on Facebook. It creeps me out with all of the data collection they do so I stay away. I had to sign up for F
    8. LED strip lights are very cheap and should work well in clear tubing. I retrofitted about two dozen candy canes with SMD 3528 cool white LEDs to replace the standard incandescent lights. They are just as bright as the originals. The diameter of the candy canes is large enough that not all of the LEDs point in the same direction as the strip coils slightly down the tube so it is not as directional as in the smaller tubing. A regular LED light string might work better than LED strip lighting if there is enough room to pull them through the tube,. All of my light strings are put away in the
    9. I had a short piece of red PEX pipe and a spool of white SMD 3528 LEDs It does light up but with strip lights the light is very directional, lighting up only about 90 degrees out of 360. You would probably need to use SMD 5730 to get it seen from a distance. PEX blue color tube looks to be even denser
    10. Here's an idea of a DIY telephone intercom set that might be right up your alley. There are a bunch of YouTube videos on exactly what you want to do.
    11. You got a bargain. My local store lists them at $4.97 a box, local pickup only. 6W 450 lumen E26 base
    12. Saw this youtube video just by chance. Go to 10 minutes into it and see how clueless he is. Dollar Blow Molds at Goodwill! Buying and Selling for Profit
    13. 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.
    14. 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.
    15. 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
    16. 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 sou
    17. 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.
    18. 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.
    19. 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 na
    20. 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_w
    21. 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 Genera
    22. 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.
    23. 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.
    24. 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 wo
    25. 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.
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