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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. Check this out out: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=13838&item=6581626428 I can't tell if the choir boy in the picture has red hair or brown. TED
  2. Scott_Snow wrote: You've probably already got one by now but if not and if you want something different than the ones at walmart try http://www.bronners.com. (Find outdoor decorations and then lighted plastic items.) TED Update: A lot of the stuff at Bronners is sold out. :{
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    Done it again

    Brad Caudill wrote: I guess it would look funny to be carrying a blowmold that was taller than you! TED
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    Check this out

    jen grissett wrote: That's not a choir! That's a MOB! TED
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    Check this out

    blowmoldcolector wrote: That's twice what they should cost. Try www.bronners.com. TED
  6. jen grissett wrote: You might check the Testor's brand paint for plastic models at Hobby Lobby and Michael's (theyhave different colors at each). TED
  7. IANNOZZI wrote: For touch ups you can use sharpie markers (as Carrie said) or you can use paint pens. You may want to follow with a coat of clear Krylon to give some protection from the weather. TED
  8. Carrie Sansing wrote: What irritates me is when a seller states something emphatically as a fact when it is clearly wrong. I frequently see blowmolds with a description stating that they are from "the 40's or 50's". I usually send them a note saying that the technology to produce blowmolds did not exist until the 60s. At least the seller in the auction you referred to put a question mark after Empire indicating that she was not certain. TED
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    My ACE hardware

    >Got two union frosty's, 2 union christmas trees, >2 small frots and two noel candel's. I don't think you can call the small ones "Frosty" because they are GIRLS! >My girlfriend and I were so excited, we've been looking everywhere. Do you have Garden Ridge stores there? TED
  10. Bill Weis wrote: Same here! It has been reduced for probably a month. They must have had at least 100 nativity sets. I can't imagine why they received so many! It's a fairly new store (2 or 3 years maybe) and still doesn't get the amount of business that most walmart stores have. They still had blowmolds last year when prices dropped to 75% off. Since I have been one of the ones to criticize walmart for their lack of selection this year I want to be fair and give them credit for a couple things. I saw some black shepherds at one walmart store recently. While I have seen the black nativity sets before I don't recall seeing a black shepherd before. Also, the candles that walmart has this year are the solid red ones rather than the standard "noel" candles. I might even pay full price fora set of these since I don't have any of the all red ones! I am not giving walmart credit for the "new" angels that they have this year. I don't like them. An angel with the "whimsical" face (like the elves) is CREEPY!!! I assume that walmart's thinking on this was that it would replace the small Grand Venture angels that they had in years past. I also have to admit that my prediction that walmart wouldcarry the elf with packageswas WRONG. This is very annoying. Bronner's is out of that one now. Last year I bought the elf with candy cane from Bronner's because I assumed that walmart would carry the same 2 elves that they had for the last 5 or10 years (elf painting "Santa's Workshop" sign and the girl elf checking mailbox). Then walmart hadthe elf with canefor half what I paid at Bronner's. :X This year I was goingto be smart and not pay double for the elf with packages. So I waited and of course walmart does nothave them. :X TED
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    Interesting that many said Empire but no one seems to like General Foam Plastics. Most of Gen Foam's products are made from the old Empire molds (actual metal mold in this case) and are for all practical purposes the same as the old Empire pieces. I like Gen Foam and Grand Venture. TPI is ok butmost of their blowmolds arepainted with flat paint colors so the colors are not as nice. I guess I'd break it down like this. Gen Foam: the "Chevrolet" of the group. Wide selection and dependable. TPI: the "Ford" of the group. They drive a little funny. Grand Venture: The "Plymouth" group. Solid but some problems with paint longevity. Santa's Best: The "Cadillacs". High quality and luxurious but not too many styles. Union: Like an old Dodge--not fancy but they keep going. Poloron: The AMC of the group. Made a lot of great stuff but unfortunately went out of business. TED
  12. I remember just a few years back when the Gloria angels were "a dime a dozen" at walmart. There were always several left on clearance at 50% off. Unfortunately, I never bought one. TED
  13. Tom Herron wrote: Looks like he's diving at high speed--I bet the landing is rough!!! TED
  14. Jay Modlin wrote: If you have a Garden Ridge store near you they have both. TED
  15. Thomas Steiner wrote: Don't forget to save the light kit! TED
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    New here....

    gtpfbod wrote: Welcome to Planet Christmas and especially to the blowmold forum! Don't worry about how many blowmolds you have. It's not the size--it's the presentation! TED
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    Display update

    chad wrote: It looks even better at night! Great use of C9s! TED
  18. You have some valid points there. It could be a problem gettingC9s (or C7s)strait on windows and doors. I mainly do rooflines and it's easy to use a clip on every bulb so that they are very strait and uniform. I also successfully run them vertically along the edge ofvinyl siding (between rooflines) using the same clips. I was picturing something like thataround windows and doors. They do get hot but I have never seen or heard of them getting hot enough to cause a problem. (Nice for warming up the hands if it's cold out when putting them up!) Certainly the potential is there and must be taken into consideration during installation. Of course they do use more power but require a heck of a lot less maintenance than minis. Ropelight will use about the same amount of power per foot of lights as C9s. TED
  19. Twist ties are good. Save them for other things. For example the framers might need them to do mid-season repairs if lights become loose on a wireframe. TED
  20. Well there are several ways that could go! For example if I am lighting my barbecue grill and drop a matchit mightlight up allthe grass. Other than the potential for burning down the house that is family friendly. TED
  21. Jeremy Lawton wrote: You are very welcome! They call them "SPT1 or SPT2 Plugs". You will need to know which wire size you have. Male plugs are 6.26 for a package of 12. Female plugs are 7.54 for a package of 12. These are the type that go "sideways" on the wire and then the cover slides on. There are a couple triangular "teeth" that pierce the wire to make the connection. Because of this they are called by the slang name "vampire taps" here on P.C. To find these on the action lighting web site click "Christmas" and then "Holiday Installation Accessories". TED
  22. chazman wrote: You aren't comparing apples to apples there. You wouldn't need 6000 C9s to replace 6000 minis. A set of C9s is 25 bulbs which would easlier replace a set of 100 minis I think. It would still be more expensive but something to keep in mind for the after Christmas sales! TED
  23. What's with the huge font? Please tone it down a bit. It causes the need for side to side scrolling--ack! :shock: TED
  24. Zac_Cutt wrote: That bulb is a NE2 neon bulb. It sounds like you either have a bad solder connection or a bridged over connection likeWayne described. TED
  25. RickWilliams wrote: You need to use 120 for the volts rather than 110. TED
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