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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. Thanks for posting that--I couldn't imagine what Slank was talking about! Thanks for posting that--I couldn't imagine what Slank was talking about! Now that I see it I remember these from last year. They had a few left at clearance but I didn't buy any. (i wasn't that crazy about it but maybe I'll change my mind this year.) Thanks for posting that--I couldn't imagine what Slank was talking about! Now that I see it I remember these from last year. They had a few left at clearance but I didn't buy any. (i wasn't that crazy about it but maybe I'll change my mind this year.)
  2. Since there aren't any Menard's stores around here and I seldom visit Lowes I didn't know. I still think it's a cute snowman.
  3. That bunny is really cool. It looks like a pink Peeps candy! TED
  4. I think the sub forums came about because at one point the main blowmold forum got overwhelmed with posts of things like pictures of yard sale finds, pictures of holiday displays, and items for sale. This made it hard to keep up with the general discussions so sub forums were created. It is very clear what the "Municipal Decorations" sub forum is for but I have always found the other 2 to be confusing. I think "showing off" was intended for pictures of displays and pictures of blowmolds that people have bought or received. I believe the "sharing it" sub forum was intended for people to list items they were selling or for posting notices of items for sale (ie; blowmolds on sale at Menard's). TED
  5. Isn't it painful to think of all the valuable things that have been thrown away? I'm pretty sure my parents threw away my Grandmother's aluminum tree and also one of those huge Santa heads that went over the gas lamp post when they cleaned out my Grandmother's garage. (I did get some of the old light sets though.) I want to share a couple things about C9 bulbs. C9 bulbs are either 7 or 10 watts. I don't think there are any 9 watt C9 bulbs. I think the myth of 9 watt C9 bulbs came about because people did not know what "C9" meant and made the assumption that the 9 meant 9 watts. ( For those who are not familiar, "C9" actually indicates a "cone shaped" bulb that is 9/8s of an inch in diameter at the widest point.) I think we can thank uninformed eBay sellers for referring to the C9s with the flame pattern in the glass as "C9 swirls". I really don't get it as it is so obviously a flame pattern but a lot of eBay sellers don't have any personal interest in the items they sell. I've seen all kinds of absurd statements about items in auctions (as I'm sure all of you have too). My favorite bulb is the exterior paint C9 flame bulb like the ones in your last picture. You can see the clear layer of glass on the outside. The interior paint bulbs are awesome because the paint is protected by the glass so they will never chip or peel. TED Oh the pain.... TED
  6. You should leave all the ones that are Halloween on the porch and start lighting them up in a few weeks! TED
  7. It would be nice if they would get reasonable on the prices. I just can't see $40 for one candle... The sad thing is that they were probably only worth a fraction of that in scrap. I don't know the price of aluminum scrap but steel is about $5 for 100 pounds. Even if Aluminum was $50 for 100 pounds that would mean that a large mold might only be worth $50. I just don't understand scrappers. He (the scrapper) could have just said here take them all for double the scrap price and it would have been a good deal for everyone. <heavy sigh> TED
  8. I think I would brush up on my taping skills. (Pun intended!) If you are determined to use a brush you might try the Testor's model paints. They are made for plastic. TED
  9. i think the best one to use is 3M Safest Stripper. You can leave it on as long as you like and it will not hurt the plastic. Sometimes the Citristrip will stain plastic orange. TED
  10. I'm in the South too although a bit north of you in Arkansas. Where do you buy the Krylon UV clear? I've only seen it at Michael's and it was really expensive. TED
  11. It's exciting to know that there will be 'molds after the demise of Gen Foam! That's a really cute snowman. The candles appear to have a transparent flame. Interesting! TED
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    Home Depot Dragon

    I was in Home Depot and saw that they have a huge plastic dragon. It's not blow molded. i think it's injection molded. The mouth opens and it roars. it also has a built in fogger and blows fog out of it's mouth. (The fog part was not set up in the store.) It looks pretty cool although I wonder if the moving parts wouldn't be prone to breaking down after a couple seasons. (It also looks like a storage nightmare.) https://www.homedepot.com/p/Home-Accents-Holiday-69-in-Animated-Dragon-with-Fogging-and-LED-Eyes-8342-94999/304609108 TED
  13. You could always just leave the light in the bottom and add a C7 cord to the back. Alternatively you could make a new plate to fit where the original is and then you could always swap back if you wanted. TED
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    Lowes 2018

    Is that a new paint scheme on Mickey and Minnie? i don't recall the striped shirts. TED
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    Fred Meyers

    Hey those are the same cat and dog 'molds that they have at Kroger! It's great to know that there is another source for those. The Walgreens here had that pail and also the one with the newer traditional face. TED
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    American Maid

    Mel, I guess it's going to be interesting to see where and what companies will be using the old GenFoam molds. While I'm happy that the molds for those pails have a new home and are being used it makes me sad thinking that we don't know where everything went, how many of the molds were saved, if they will be used, etc. I wonder if Amloid has the molds for anything other than the pumpkin pails. I'm kind of surprised that walmart didn't have some claim to the molds for the 3 newer faced pails that were only available through them. Since I only saw 2 of the 3 faces at Walgreens I wonder if Amloid has all three. One thing I forgot to report about the pails at Walgreens is that the faces are painted in the same way as the pails in the pictures you posted. They almost look like stickers until you look closely at them. I wonder if there is some new masking process being used or if maybe they are using more of a printing process rather than a painting process. It almost looks like they are printed on rather than painted on. One of the faces that is at Walgreens is the "new" traditional face. The way the faces are painted on those looks a little weird. I don't know exactly how to describe it but the painted areas seemed to be kind of too small or too narrow giving the face a scraggly look. TED
  17. Those Halloween candles look pretty cool! Both Union and TPI candles are made like that where the bulb clips into the flame. I think spraying with clear is a good idea. Krylon makes a UV resistant clear. I've seen it at Michael's in the past. It was expensive but Michael's has the weekly coupons for 40% off any one item. Hobby Lobby might be a possibility and they also have the weekly 40% off coupons. TED
  18. There are Kroger stores all over AR. You might be able to find one close to the border that was within range of a short road trip. It looks like Fayetteville and Fort Smith are both about 2 hours from you. TED
  19. When do those sales usually occur? It looks like you can get a deal now if you buy them online and pickup in the store. https://www.menards.com/main/p-1515396728417.htm https://www.menards.com/main/p-1515396728352.htm They also show these (former?) Gen Foam items: https://www.menards.com/main/p-1444431257340.htm https://www.menards.com/main/p-1452210118690.htm I believe this is one that Gen Foam added in the last year or two: https://www.menards.com/main/p-1451392163741.htm The first two are listed with the "indoor" Halloween while the others are listed with the "outdoor" Halloween so don't rely on the categories when you are searching. Your post reminded me that Kroger has some of those made in China type 'molds. The cat in a ghost costume (from last year) and dog in a ghost costume (from two years ago) are back. New this year is a dog in a witch costume and a cat in a pumpkin. Edit: I posted this reply before I saw that several of you had already posted about the Kroger items. They will have these on sale before long. If they follow the same pattern as the last 2 years they will have a 50% off digital coupon at some point before Halloween that is only good for a Saturday and Sunday. You can order the others on their website and get free shipping to your local store. :D The Party City here had some two or three years back but they were outrageously priced. I went back to look for them on clearance but waited too long and they had put up all the Halloween stuff. (Hmph!) I"m sure they didn't sell them all because they had dozens of them right before Halloween. TED
  20. You got them nice and even. It looks great! TED
  21. It sounds like a good excuse, I mean reason, to rent a cherry picker! TED
  22. The correct place to post "deals" is in the Heads Up forum. TED
  23. I realize it is after the fact so this may not help you at this point. The picture size thing has been a problem from time to time with the forums. You might check with Chuck and see what he suggests. There may be something related to the changes to the forum software earlier in the year. There is a really good free program called Irfanview that you can use to resize pictures. The way to do it is to open the file (picture) and find the resize option in the menus. Choose to resize in pixels and the change the size of the longer size to something in the 800-1000 range. Let the program calculate the value for the shorter side so that the scale of the picture is correct. Then save the file. I'll put the link below. (I am not affiliated with the company in any way other than occasionally using the software.) https://www.irfanview.com/ TED
  24. I wish I had seen this earlier. I'm right down the road in Little Rock! Maybe next year? TED
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