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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. I don't know about the current season but in past years it seems like there were PCers in every episode. TED
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. TED

    Huge score

    Did you ever sell extras that you didn't want? TED
  9. 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
  10. TED

    Vendor listing

    You're the best Chuck! It's really great the way you are always looking to improve PC. TED
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. I wonder if it's the scrap metal dealer that bought the unsold 'molds? TED
  15. C9 sockets for SPT type wire (zip cord): https://www.actionlighting.com/c9-replacement-christmas-socket-pack-100pc-bag-100slac9skt/ https://www.creativedisplays.com/products/spt-1-c-9-sockets-green-for-zipcord/ Pin type sockets for regular (Non SPT) wire: https://www.actionlighting.com/intermediate-bakelite-pin-socket-pack-25pc-216sk-731-2/ https://www.creativedisplays.com/products/pro-grade-c9-intermediate-base-bakelite-twist-on-socket-black/ TED
  16. That's awesome. Thanks for posting it! TED
  17. Please post pictures when you get it set up. I want to see those bumper cars! TED
  18. Hmm, I don't see any picture(s). I did get some kind of a catalog a couple days ago but I have no idea if it's what you are talking about. TED
  19. I do remember seeing those but I couldn't tell you when or where! I thought they were pretty cool. You should post a link to where you saw these in case anyone else is interested in getting one. It would be a good thing to post in the "Heads Up" area of the forum. TED
  20. I was on board as soon as I read "candy cane light poles". Then I saw the picture. Great job! TED
  21. One of the most important aspects of network cable is whether it is solid core or stranded core. Solid core wire is meant to be installed in a permanent fashion and left alone. If you use solid core network cable to make patch cords and you coil them up and uncoil them repeatedly (like every season for use in a display) they will eventually fail. The reason is that solid core wire is not very flexible. When you repeatedly bend the cable the 8 little solid wires inside start to break. Frequently the cable will look just fine on the outside even when one or more of the wires inside are broken. You may not know there is a problem until you start getting weird intermittent errors. When there is a break in one or more of the wires inside the cable may work part of the time and then drop part of the time especially if there is any movement. A proper patch cord is made of stranded wire that is very flexible. There was a time when it was a lot cheaper to make your own patch cables however the price of factory made patch cables is so low now that it really makes no sense at all to make your own. I find that the best prices are usually at Monoprice.com. TED Yep you sure gotta watch those SQUARES. Being uncool is very bad for networks and network cables! TED
  22. Here's a tip some people use that I've read about here in the forums. You can raise the connection where 2 cords plug together using either a plastic or wood stake. Then take a plastic cup or plastic bottle with the top cut off and put it over the stake. If you spray paint the cup or bottle flat black it won't show at night. This will help keep the connection dry without trapping water in the plug. TED
  23. TED

    Nativity set

    Bronner's has this one although it's not the right one for that set. https://www.bronners.com/product/baby-jesus-for-life-size-lighted-plastic-nativity.do TED
  24. That's a cool set. Thanks for sharing the picture! TED
  25. I'm sure many of you know about Monoprice for patch cables but for the last few years they have also been selling Christmas lights. They are currently having a sale on lights and decorations. There are clearance prices and you can get an additional 20% off using a code. All the information is at the link. http://m.email.monoprice.com/rest/head/mirrorPage/@lCcpNl-fpnrnrFlsWNVFNygoPwGZct5CUZX_5Ls_PdfecBk73i9Irubxg3xY8HYKfOdWI7Ix43g6Tk627qmR5rqKWdQB1HlYKdrY9YhiF1JYgCf1.html?deliveryName=DM5371 TED
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