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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.

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    1. Thanks I'll have to take a look. I thought maybe it was the name of that weird looking mouse 'mold or something. TED
    2. The following is from the Bronner's E-mail newsletter: "FREE SHIPPING! Order now and receive Free Economy shipping on in-stock orders of $50 or more in the continental U.S. (oversize charges extra). Enter code 823 at time of checkout or mention on phone order 800-361-6736. (Phones answered 9am-9pm Eastern Monday – Saturday and Noon-7pm Sunday). Offer expires 10/15/20 and is not valid with other offers, on prior or special orders, or for commercial, wholesale or custom ornament departments. CODE: 823" Enjoy! TED
    3. There have been a few discussions about this. I went through some of the old posts and found the one below. I know there are others if you want to take the time to search. (The actual search feature was not very helpful.) Meh....there's good and bad to switching. Rich I don't know what kind of a search you did there but you get the prize for posting the longest URL! FYI, most of that stuff is extraneous. All you need is ebay.com/itm/item# for example: https://www.ebay.com/itm/254482503280
    4. Mercari? I've never heard of Mercari. Am I the only one who hasn't heard of Mercari? What is it? Looking at the picture Scott posted it'll set you back right at $200 to get all 4. I think I'd just get out 4 of the big yellow Easter eggs and put some goggles on them. TED
    5. Wow, a green toy soldier! It's kinda funny that a toy soldier is way taller than Santa! Yeah that "red" has almost a purple tint to it. Yucky! What was the price? TED
    6. I kinda like those pumpkin lamp posts. (I think I'd also be inclined to change to 120V although not necessarily LED.) How much are they? TED The animated Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer is one of my all time favorite Christmas specials (along with the Charlie Brown Christmas). I like the Rudolf 'mold. I remember a few years ago a discussion about what new 'molds we'd like to see. I said the characters from Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. It would be nice if they made them all! TED
    7. I can remember the time not that long ago (a few years) when there were so many that I passed up some good ones even when they were on clearance because I already had them or because they weren't my favorite... $25 pumpkin pails (that sold and are still sold for $1 at walmart) yep yep yep... Shipping is the deal breaker nowdays. Frequently the cost of the shipping is more than the cost of the 'mold. Down here in the South there aren't that many 'molds at Estate sales and Garage sales but over time you can find a few. Unfortunately some of the Estate sale compa
    8. For those of you who didn't see the original auction it was a pumpkin pail listed for $522. (It has since been changed to $25.) TED
    9. I'm glad you didn't toss those back when you thought they weren't worth anything. If it's the set I'm thinking of it's worth several hundred dollars more or less depending on condition. I think the best way to sell something like that is to take it to one of the Christmas conventions or gatherings. Even if there's not an official "swap meet" there are always people buying and selling amongst themselves. It's a great way to avoid shipping charges. Of course there probably aren't many (if any) of these things taking place with the current conditions. I think you are in an area where Christ
    10. If this sells I'm definitely going to start listing some pumpkin pails! https://www.ebay.com/itm/254394937383 I figure this was a typo but what is going on with pumpkin pails? There are a ton of currently produced pumpkin pails that sell in stores for $1 listed on eBay for $15-20 bucks or more! TED
    11. You could cut it with a jigsaw. I have cut a plastic barrel (55 gallon drum) with a jigsaw. It's hard to speculate on exactly what method would be best without actually seeing it. The barrel was about a quarter of an inch thick. Since a blowmold is substantially thinner a jigsaw may be overkill. It would be possible to cut a blowmold with a utility knife but that could go wrong in multiple ways many of which involve bodily injury. It really depends on how thick the plastic is on these particular 'molds. Being somewhat of a perfectionist it pains me to say this but keep in mind that
    12. I like the Halloween idea. It could be a goblin or something similar rather than an Elf. I've seen some of those TPI "Ice " 'molds in person. They really just look terrible. You can't see any of the features and there's a severe hot spot where the light bulb is. Putting in a colored bulb might help but when I see ice molds I just think, "Hey it's ready for paint!" In my opinion a white plastic (as is typical for most 'molds), or an opaque plastic (like a milk jug) would be much better. TED
    13. Hi Chuck, Reading this makes me feel sad. On the one hand I understand where you are coming from but on the other hand nothing can ever "replace" the P.C. forums. For those of us who are still here this is still a hip and happening place (even if the pace is a little slower now). None of the other places (such as FB and other forums) would be as popular as they are if it hadn't all started here. You've always had great vision as to which direction to take Planet Christmas. I'll continue to support (and recommend) P.C. whatever direction you go but I do hope that some of the forums wi
    14. Rich: WELCOME to Planet Christmas and especially to the blowmolds forum! I'm glad somebody's working on this. I would like to offer a suggestion. If you are thinking of trying to make a "short run" for collectors then I would not worry about painting or masks at this time. We collectors/displayers would be happy to buy them unpainted and do our own painting. (If you browse around the blowmold forum here you can see many examples of painting 'molds.) Christmas Lights Creations owns a couple molds (maybe more?) and the last time I checked their website they were selling them unpainted so
    15. There's always next year! I'm sorry I didn't get it posted sooner. TED
    16. Here's another source. (I have no financial connection other than being a customer.) They are one of the P.C. vendors. I have found their customer service to be excellent. https://christmas-leds.com/product-category/wire-frame-clips/ https://christmas-leds.com/product-category/combo-clips-colored-light-caps/ https://christmas-leds.com/product-category/black-out-caps-for-led-lights/ TED
    17. I'm sorry I didn't get this posted until now. I should have posted it a month ago. The presale at Creative displays goes through the 28th so you have today and tomorrow. They have both 5 watt and 7 watt C7 bulbs. The 7 watt bulbs are harder to find. Most places only sell 5 watt C7s. The 7 watt bulbs do a better job of lighting up small 'molds. You can get a box of 25 for $3.25. I know a lot of you are using LED bulbs but you can get a whole box of 25 for the cost of one or two LED bulbs! They also have 11 watt S14 sign bulbs. These are a medium base bulb (which is the size of a stand
    18. You are welcome! I don't think I've seen one of the reverse painted items before. I forgot to mention that many 'molders prefer the Krylon Fusion paint for plastic when repainting blowmolds. It's harder to find than it used to be. It's not sold at walmart or Home Depot any more. Ace Hardware has a paint for plastic. I haven't used it personally but I've seen others post about using it. I haven't heard of anyone having trouble with the paint wrinkling up however I know that if you put latex paint over oil on your house it wrinkle, peel, and fall off in short order. But in repainting blo
    19. In my shock over the HOA I forgot to comment on the excellant displays! Xander: There's so much to like! I especially like that the Santa sleigh and reindeer are on the roof. Other things I really like are the huge snowman family, the GenFoam ornaments that you added lights to, and candles/lanterns/toy soldiers lining the stairs. I like the way you grouped the nutcrackers, soldiers, drummer boys and drummer bears. Also I like the ice cream cone in with the Gingerbread items. They look more "Christmassy" that way. Scott: Your Nativity is beautiful and complemented nicely by th
    20. I left a reply to your other post in the main "blowmolds" area. TED
    21. I think the answer you are looking for is yes but it is not necessarily the case. "C7" refers to the glass part of the bulb. It means cone shaped" and 7/8ths of an inch in diameter. The size of the base on most C7 bulbs is "candelabra". E12 is the same as a candelabra size base. The names of the base sizes are Mogel,, Medium, Intermediate, Candelabra, Midget, and Miniature. (Most "standard" household bulbs have a Medium base. Most C7 bulbs have a candelabra base. Most C9 bulbs have an intermediate base.) TED
    22. I don't think I've ever seen any replacement stakes for those. Maybe you could make some out of PVC pipe. TED
    23. In looking at the pictures from the different catalogs, it looks like the uppermost buttons on the coat are white on the Poloron and painted over (in other words red) on the H.I. version. However that could just be the way the pictures look. TED
    24. I don't think he's selling those. I think he is looking to buy another of each in mint condition. TED
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