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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. That's a nice looking candle. The lettering almost has a Japanese look to it. TED
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    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
  10. 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
  11. Is that the old Union black cat? TED
  12. 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
  13. 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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    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
  15. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. That's a great price for shipping. Did you have them shipped to your local store or shipped directly to your house? TED
  24. 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
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