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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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    Goofy needs his ear

    Both ears are the same. They are just put on at a different angle. So you can use the ear that you have for a model if you want to try to make one. I remember once somebody posted about making an ear out of wood. Since the ears don't light up it wouldn't be noticeable once it was painted. No, the cow ears poke into a hole in the head. The Goofy ears are held on with a screw. No. The ear is a completely separate piece that is attached with a screw. There are other ways to make one that don't require a 3D printer. You'd need a high dollar 3D printer to print something as long as a Goofy ear. No, they are long gone. Grand Venture went out of business in 2003. TED
  2. I was searching for another source for the "American Maid" brand pumpkin pails. I didn't find any but I didn't find some DIY projects with pumpkin pails that I thought I would share. Large Pumpkin arch: https://www.triedandtrueblog.com/make-halloween-pumpkin-archway/ Basic Pumpkin totem: https://www.craftymorning.com/tipsy-plastic-pumpkin-decoration/ I can't quite approve of this one. Pumpkin pail snowman: https://www.craftymorning.com/plastic-pumpkin-snowman-decoration/ TED
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    American Maid

    I wonder if these are being sold anywhere else since we don't have a Winco here. I tried searching online but came up empty. The closest Winco to me is in Oklahoma. I'll have to ask Slankard if he knows where it is. TED
  4. Mel I'm sure you are right. I feel tired just thinking about it! I have thought about picking up a box of the smaller size "can liners" (clear trash bags) at Sam's to use for the smaller 'molds. I bought a box of the biggest size a few years ago. The 'molds I always have trouble with are the ones that are too big for the large size can liners. Usually they are just 3-4 inches too tall so that the bag can't be tied. My rate of acquisition has slowed down a lot although I have picked up a few here and there. TED
  5. I just realized that we are in the same state! The Hollister store is the closest one for me also. I'm in Little Rock. TED
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    American Maid

    Everyone has probably figured this out already but I think we can conclude that Amloid does have all 3 of the "new" pumpkin pail faces. Between the two at Walgreens (New Traditional and 3 Tooth) and the two at walmart (3 Tooth and Spacey) all three faces are represented. TED
  7. Wow--you can't view those without feeling nostalgic! Thanks for sharing them. (There weren't any Franks stores around here so unfortunately I've never been in one.) TED
  8. Yeah it sounds great until you get one smashed to pieces because it wasn't protected by a box! I still have a smashed TPI pumpkin around here somewhere that I haven't tried to fix yet. TED
  9. I saw pumpkin pails and also cauldrons at walmart. They all had Amloid molded into the plastic. I also saw a cool M&Ms pumpkin that I think could be lit up. It is intended to hold candy and has a large opening on the back. I think a plate could be made to cover the hole and hold a light. TED
  10. That's a great price for shipping. Did you have them shipped to your local store or shipped directly to your house? TED
  11. Mel, Your post reminded me of something I forgot to tell you about. I remember a few years back I had asked how you make the bags and you told me about using the "Seal-a-meal". The following summer I went to "Bargains Galore on 64" which is where people all along highway 64 have yard sales (similar to those World's longest yard sale events). Of course I was on the hunt for blowmolds but did not find any. Late in the day I was at one sale where they had already started packing up. I was looking around at the stuff they still had out and found a Seal-a-meal. I asked the lady how much she wanted for it and she said, "Oh, just take it!" So I did have some success on the trip even though I didn't find any 'molds. I haven't made any bags yet but it's on my list of things to do! TED
  12. Let me know next time you get down this way. Maybe we can meet up for dinner or something. TED P.S. It's not Claude it's Chet! (From "The Santa Clause" movies.) Then again maybe you need 11 reindeer!
  13. Yes that would be "fly"! That includes shipping if your order is over $99. I do think a lot of people would want them painted however that particular snowman was available in several paint schemes to match different team colors. 'Molders like having several of the different color schemes so now they can make their own. That may be why they are unpainted. It could be that this manufacturer can't do the masking/painting. TED
  14. Also known as Vuvuzela. I bet that they could be found in gold. If not then a color like white or yellow would be easy enough to paint gold. TED Here's something hilarious that came up when i was searching for "vuvuzela"; (From urbandictionary.com) A mind-numbing torture device made of cheap, brightly colored plastic. It resembles a horn but its pitch cannot be changed. It is being used during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. I thought I heard an angry swarm of bumblebees, but it was the sound of vuvuzelas playing at the World Cup. #horn#cheap#plastic#annoying#fifa#world cup by teller of truths10 June 13, 2010
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    It sort of looks like a TPI light kit. (I'm not sure what a Sun Hill light kit looks like.) TED
  16. Also I have heard people say that heating with a heat gun or hair dryer can cause the plastic to become very thin where it was heated. It might be best to just set it out in the Sun for a couple hours. It seems to me that the dent would be more likely to stay popped out if the 'mold is warmed up first. Wow--you can barely see it now. Great job! That will never show at night when it's lit up. TED
  17. It's a shame to break up a set on something rare like that! TED
  18. I bought one a couple years back and intended to post about it on here and then forgot. I picked up a couple more on clearance last year. I was thinking that if I had about a dozen i could make a wreath! TED
  19. i'd be willing to bet that it's just the bulbs and not the pastic. If the bulb in those 'molds is one of the lower wattage C7s (4 or 5 watts) then it will look brownish. You might try swapping in a 7 watt C7 and see if that helps. You could try an LED C7 but a lot of them aren't bright enough. To find one that is bright enough is not cost effective in my mind. I don't know if you can find the 7 watt C7s locally. You might have to order them from one of the vendors like Action Lighting or Creative Displays. Ever since LED Christmas lights came out the incandescent clear bulbs look brownish to me. It's really annoying especially since it's one of those things that you can't "unsee"! TED
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    Fred Meyers

    No they only had orange. (i think that's been the norm for them in the past.) Have you also found that they only have two different faces? TED
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    American Maid

    t saw them again and I realize now what part of the problem is. The paint does not cover the whole area. The eyes and nose look like a much smaller triangle painted in the middle. It's like the paint has a blank margin around it. I wonder if there is some new kind of masking or painting/printing process that requires a blank margin around the edge. Since the lines in the mouth are fairly narrow to begin with the painted part just looks like a thin line. TED
  22. I was thinking the same thing. I couldn't decide if they were white or just really faded! TED
  23. To correct my own mistake here, it is INTERIOR paint not exterior! The paint is on the INSIDE of the glass. Thanks for sharing that. I didn't realize it applied to the fluorescent tubes! Now those numbers actually make sense! TED
  24. Is it "Bumpy" the snowman? A few years ago Miles Kimball sold a fiber optic snowman (and a Santa) that was the Bumpy type. It's likely that it's one of those and the seller just assumed Poloron. TED
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