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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. I wish I had known about this. I'm just down the road in Little Rock! Maybe next year. TED
  2. The skelemingos were hard to find at least in some areas. I was able to get a set from an eBay seller. It was an auction lot that also had a set of all black flamingos. I believe they are all made by Union Products. TED
  3. I think Brian is probably right about them being TPI. Did you get the flames with the 2 red ones? TED
  4. Hi Justin, I think that makes you a "lurker". Congrats on becoming a posting member! TED
  5. Thank you for that tip. It never occurred to me that the local store choice would matter. (It seems like they'd only be receiving the shipment.) I'll try changing stores! TED
  6. Welcome back!!! I tend to be less active for part of the year but always show up again at some point. TED
  7. Disconnect AC from (double pole) breaker. Connect sub-panel or "spider box" to breaker. It took me a minute to realize that hot tube meant hot tub. I was wondering what a hot tube was! My first thought was like an old tube type stereo or radio. I couldn't figure out why you'd need tubes in a sub-panel! The camper plug box looks like a good idea. I was thinking something like that would be good but didn't know what to call it. Those plugs you have on the other end are basically a DIY spider box. You'd hook up a spider box the very same way. (Edit: If you want to get fancy put a camper plug in there like Scott describes.) I can't figure how that blew those minis. They must have been getting 220 instead of 110. Wow, thanks for posting that picture! I've never seen the inside of a panel like that. There's some of those hot tubes! I'd hate to change a fuse in that. One slip and you're zapped! Good point about knowing the type of box. Different manufacturers have different types of breakers and most of them aren't interchangeable. TED I like those green "duck" boxes. They look pretty heavy duty and appear to have "in use" covers built in. Where'd you get those? TED
  8. Has anyone else noticed some weirdness with the Ace website? For example in the picture Scott posted you can see the Halloween candle is $14.99. I happened to already have the item open on my computer (at $16.99) before I saw Scott's post. So I refreshed the page thinking the price would change to 14.99 but it did not. Then I tried opening the item in a new private window and it came up at 14.99. So I thought the price went down but they wanted to charge me the old price and hide the lower price from me. So I thought I'll outsmart them and i cleared all my cookies. I opened up the Ace site again and the price was back to 16.99. I wonder if they store the IP number and use that instead of cookies. I just checked now since it's after Halloween to see if the prices might have gone down but instead all the discounted prices are gone except the zombie gnome. (For example the pumpkin was $2 less but now it's not.) Does anybody know whats going on? TED
  9. It sounds like you've got a plan there and I don''t want to sound like I'm discouraging you from hiring an electrician if you need one, but if you can rewire your AC to setup a portable power supply then you probably know enough to hook up the spider box. TED
  10. When i first saw this I thought it would be great to add to a Nativity scene but then i noticed that it's only 7 inches x 4 inches. Also it has a hole cut in it to make it a planter. It seems over priced for such a small item. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Union-53350-7-x-4-Black-White-Cow-Planter/51555626 TED
  11. Also not bad when you're the inflatable king! That's a very cool setup. Would Trick or Treaters go up this walkway to get treats? I've always wanted to have a couple of the cat on a pumpkin 'molds but they continue to elude me. I wonder if the actual mold survived the demise of Gen Foam... Ok the second story porch is super cool! I like the way you have everything evenly placed. It makes it look great! I see you also have the cat on a pumpkin which is fairly rare down here in the South! TED
  12. I might order some from Ace. I thin the skelemingos are actually cooler than the zombie flamingos. TED
  13. Most of the time shipping is a deal breaker for me whether it's from eBay or some other source. I do think the shipping calculator on eBay will sometimes come up with crazy shipping prices but other times it's the seller. That is the reason why eBay changed their fee format to apply to both the selling price and the shipping price. Dishonest sellers were avoiding fees by jacking up the shipping price. TED
  14. I noticed these on the Target website: https://www.target.com/p/28-led-lit-snowman-holding-sign-sculpture/-/A-51439466 https://www.target.com/p/3-led-lit-snowman-holding-tree-sculpture/-/A-51439469 TED
  15. Stephen, I didn't know you used those. I certainly didn't intend to insult your display and/or decorations. Do the fabric covered items hold up to the weather? I've always thought they would deteriorate rapidly. I know I've seen some that were dirty and muddy. TED
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    I found one of the small ones but there was no sign of either of the big ones. TED
  17. Some of you may recall that last year I posted about Gen Foam pumpkin pails being sold at Whole Foods. I figured that they wouldn't have anything this year since Gen Foam closed but to my surprise they have the Union Products pumpkin pails. This is the first time I've seen them for sale around here so I had only seen pictures. They are about the same width as the Gen Foam pails and a bit shorter. The price was a little higher than the Gen Foam/Amloid pails at $2.49 but I got one anyway. TED
  18. Oh my goodness...that was painful to read! Why didn't he give them to you!? It just never ceases to amaze me what people will throw away. I've seen people in the neighborhood rent dumpsters (which is very expensive) to throw away perfectly good things. I've seen furniture, guitars, an air compressor... The air compressor was in one of those "bagster" things. I tried to get it but it was too heavy for me to lift. When I came back the next day with someone to help me the bagster had been picked up. I can't understand paying hundreds of dollars to throw away perfectly good stuff. If it's too much trouble to pick up the phone and call one of the charities that will come pick it up (for free) why don't they just set it all out on the curb? It would be gone in a few days. TED
  19. I have one or 2 Union lamp posts that I don't have the tops for. I wonder if that would make a good replacement top? TED For those who collect money for charity it might be something they could use (depending on how secure they need it to be). TED
  20. That's a nice looking candle. The lettering almost has a Japanese look to it. TED
  21. TED

    Wolfman. . . ?

    I'm pretty sure that there are no wolfman 'molds. I recall seeing someone turn the Victorian caroler man into a Jack the ripper type character. That's the closest thing I can think of. I've always thought that a wolfman 'mold would be a great thing for one of the companies to make but with Gen Foam out of the picture I don't think we'll see one any time soon. TED
  22. I find Home Depot to be a big disappointment in the Christmas department. The only outdoor figures they've had in recent years are those awful fabric covered flimsy frames. TED
  23. Is that the old Union black cat? TED
  24. 3M makes a paint stripper called "Safest Stripper" that is safe to use on blowmolds. You can leave it on a long time with no damage to the plastic. Sometimes you can find it at Ace Hardware (but not the ones here where I live). TED
  25. I came across an article about zombie flamingos. It's not a particularly good article, however it is nice to see something written about blowmolds. The article includes a picture of zombie flamingos and also a picture of skelemingos but fails to explain or even mention the difference. Here's the link: https://www.townandcountrymag.com/style/home-decor/a23596190/zombie-flamingo-halloween-decor/ TED
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