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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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  1. Ok, no prob. Ok, no prob. Ok, no prob. Ok, no prob! TED
  2. I missed this part of the conversation before. (Bracing myself for a painful answer.) When you say Nativity do you mean the whole set (with wise men, animals, etc.) or just Mary, Joseph, Jesus? Also, did anyone buy the Santa's Best set or the Large set? TED
  3. I like to think of it as a tree structure. Start with the heavy duty cords (12-14 gauge) and put those heavy duty triple taps in line between them. Then branch off to your smaller cords. With molds you can use the "household" type cords. Plug in 2 'molds and another cord on the end of each one. Of course you want to be safe but as a kind of general rule of thumb standard sets of C7 and C9 Christmas lights have 25 bulbs and they use a smaller gauge wire so don't sweat it too much. I like HLE and have ordered from them before (great customer service) however, the best zip cord (aka SPT) is from Creative Displays because theirs is rated for outdoor use meaning that it has UV inhibitor in the insulation. This means it will last longer out in the Sun and be safer since it won't get brittle. I'm pretty sure none of the other vendors offer zip cord with UV inhibitor (which is rated SPX). Also, I would suggest that unless there is a huge difference in price order plugs and wire from the same vendor to save on shipping. And of course buy during the pre-sales at the beginning of the year to get the best price. The neutral wire should be the one with the ribs on it. The Gen Foam (and other brand) C7 cordsets are SPT-1 wire however they are a smaller gauge. The newer ones are 22 gauge instead of the 18 gauge that the sockets are intended for. Have you found the sockets to work ok on the smaller gauge wire? I am not knocking your method of making replacement cords but I thought I would share that you can get sockets that have the metal clips on them although they are not as readily available (and they cost a little more). https://www.nationalartcraft.com//subcategory.asp?gid=1&cid=27&scid=27 https://www.grandbrass.com/category/lamp_sockets-e_12_candelabra_lamp_sockets-e_12_snap_in_sockets/lamp_sockets-e_12_candelabra_lamp_sockets/ I don't men to be a naysayer but I bet they aren't very bright! TED
  4. Some of those are nice looking 'molds. I think the candy cane, and candle 'molds look particularly nice. The mailbox looks pretty good too. The paint jobs look to be neatly done on all of them. It looks to me like the candle flame is not removable. I would think that the flame would not light up as well because of that. It looks like the manufacturer has (wisely) stopped putting glitter on them. Is that correct? (I've only seen these in the pictures so I can't tell for sure.) TED
  5. I think I saw that ad or one for the same Santa. I certainly would not give that much for one in that condition. I think the most I would pay for that is 20 bucks. The only reason I'd go that high on one in that condition is because those are harder to find down here in the South. A lot of people who aren't familiar with blowmolds think that they are all worth a fortune. They don't get that most of them are common and only a few are worth a lot. Here's an example for you. A very common GF camel for $110 with the description stating that it's rare. https://memphis.craigslist.org/clt/d/memphis-camel-blow-mold-for-nativity/7012518304.html TED P.S. That's a Santa not a snowman!
  6. That's a larger 'mold. The toy soldier is to the left of it partially out of the picture. For years and years that toy soldier (to the left) and NOEL candles sold for $9.99 just about everywhere (with walmart slightly lower at something like 8.97). Then when companies started going out of business in the mid 2000s prices went up to the 14.99 to 19.99 range. To get from there to $40 in just 10 years is quite a jump. TED
  7. I have a flameless candle or 2 around but I think they are buried amongst other decorations. Now if we can just dig them up at the same time......... TED
  8. I saw this story in the news. It sounds like an awesome family with very awesome neighbors standing up to the HOA! https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/texas-family-told-take-down-snowman-because-too-early-christmas-n1082106 TED
  9. TED

    Street light

    The shield would be a great solution. It only covers one side (25%) which would be the side towards your house. The other 3/4 of the light would be uncovered so it would still provide light for the neighbors. TED
  10. I wonder which candles they have. It would be nice if we could get them to make up some replacement flames and let us buy them direct. Who wouldn't like to have some extras? (I could use some standard GenFoam/Empire NOEL flames and a few GV/Poloron flames.) I'm kind of surprised that they aren't offering any other candles since candles are usually popular. TED
  11. I'm not a huge fan of QVC, BUT they are big enough that they can get deals on shipping so maybe something good will happen. TED
  12. Somewhere I have a Santa face. I think it's made by Poloron. (I can't easily put my hands on it at the moment because I'm not sure exactly where it is.) When I bought it I didn't even realize what it was. It has some slight damage on it. I think I paid a dollar for it. At the time I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it but it was kind of neat and I figured that it would get thrown out if no one bought it since it was at an Estate sale. TED
  13. Please tell us about those trees behind the Grinch! That's a very interesting and curious turn of events. When inflatables first came out blowmolds really took a hit in popularity for a few years. It's kind of come full circle now. Inflatables don't seem to be as popular as they once were (probably due to the fairly short lifespan) while blowmolds have had a resurgence in popularity. (It's really unfortunate that the resurgence didn't happen sooner before most of the manufacturers went out of business. <heavy sigh>) It's very ironic that Gemmy the largest inflatable manufacturer (I think) is now apparently making the majority of the available 'molds! TED
  14. I agree with you. (I wasn't trying to knock the idea.) Somebody on here purchased about 10 or so of the molds at the Gen Foam auction with the idea of having some made. I can't remember who it was but I'm sure some of the 'molders will know. I wish we could figure out some way to get reasonable shipping rates. The shipping cost can be a deal breaker... That's a pretty cool idea! Please make sure you secure it some way so that it doesn't get stolen. Unfortunately you have to worry about scrap metal thieves in addition to regular thieves! TED
  15. That is extraordinary (not to mention HUGE)! You get a bunch of extra points (from me at least) for having a blowmold Santa, sleigh, and 9 reindeer right in the middle of it all! TED
  16. I don't know about the current season but in past years it seems like there were PCers in every episode. TED
  17. There might also be a minimum quantity in order to have them made. That could make it hard to do. Imagine if you had to order 1000 to get them made. (Yikes! Storage!) That place in Memphis owns a few Grand Venture molds. They have the 37" snowman ($79.95 painted--3 styles available, $39.95 unpainted) and the Climbing Santa ($74.95 painted, $35.95 unpainted). Free shipping for orders over $109. TED They are all several thousand dollars. Yikes! https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sofindtype=0&_byseller=1&_nkw=(blowmold%2Cblow+mold%2Cblow-mold%2Cchristmas%2Cxmas%2Cx-mas%2Challoween%2Choliday)&_in_kw=1&_ex_kw=&_sacat=0&_udlo=&_udhi=&_ftrt=901&_ftrv=1&_sabdlo=&_sabdhi=&_samilow=&_samihi=&_sadis=15&_stpos=72207-1745&_sargn=-1%26saslc%3D1&_salic=1&_fss=1&_fsradio=%26LH_SpecificSeller%3D1&_saslop=1&_sasl=Metallogics&_sop=12&_dmd=1&_ipg=50&_fosrp=1 TED
  18. I'm not a big inflatable guy but I have read in previous years about people using Scotchguard with good results. It seems to me that a Scotchguard type product would be better than spray paint for 2 reasons. It's made to use on fabric. It would be more flexible than spray paint. (I have not tried either personally.) TED
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    Huge score

    Did you ever sell extras that you didn't want? TED
  20. Hey everybody! Sorry I haven't checked in here on the blowmolds forum in a while. I'm embarrassed to admit this to you guys but I watched a cheesy Christmas movie on the Hallmark channel. There were a lot of blowmolds in the movie and something funny happened with some of them. This was not the main plot of the movie but in the movie there were 4 guys who were friends. They met regularly at Marc's house because he was the only one in the group who was single and lived alone. The first time you see the 4 guys together they were watching a ball game on TV. One of the 4 was wearing a Santa hat. (Of course that guy's name was Ted.) Marc was kind of a scrooge and refused to decorate his house or yard even though everyone else on his street did. He even refused to let his neighbors decorate his yard for him. One day Marc finds a Santa with Puppies blowmold in his front yard. He is annoyed so he snatches it up and puts it out on the curb. (This repeats a couple of times.) Later in the movie he finds the Santa back in his yard joined by a TPI snowman. He snatches them both up and puts them out on the curb. He goes over and accuses his next door neighbor of putting them in his yard but the neighbor denies it. Next he finds the Santa and Snowman back in his yard again joined by a reindeer. which is raised on a stake. (It's the type of reindeer that belongs with a Santa in his sleigh set.) He snatches the reindeer up out of the ground and starts to take it to the curb but then he sighs and says, "Oh, what's the use!?". Then he pushes it back into the ground. Near the end of the movie he runs into Ted who asks, "so how are Santa and his reindeer getting along?" Marc is surprised to find out that it was Ted but he's not mad because this is a Hallmark movie so as per the main plot by this time he has met the girl and gotten over his Scroogeyness. I give it a 4 out of 5 molds for creative use of blowmolds! TED
  21. TED

    Vendor listing

    You're the best Chuck! It's really great the way you are always looking to improve PC. TED
  22. I think you have the right idea but maybe the wrong material. You need a thicker plastic. Something like the top of a plastic storage bin maybe. (I imagine that you can buy sheets of plastic too although I'm not sure what to look for exactly or where.) Also you can find some things in hardware stores (Home Depot, etc.) to use. There are some plastic covers for electrical boxes that are round. (A square one could be used for the Santa's Best molds I think.) There are also '"test caps" for PVC plumbing pipe that are round and come in various sizes. I'll give this some more thought and see if i can come up with some more ideas. (I like the idea of what the guy is selling on eBay but I don't like the price.) TED
  23. Kroger has had all their Halloween stuff on sale for half price since about 2 weeks before Halloween. I suspect that further discounts are coming. TED
  24. Man I'm having sticker shock at some of those prices!!! $40 for a toy soldier is 4X what they used to sell for not so long ago!!! TED
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