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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. 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!
  2. 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
  3. 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
  5. 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
  6. It's a shame to break up a set on something rare like that! TED
  7. 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
  8. 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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    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
  11. I was thinking the same thing. I couldn't decide if they were white or just really faded! TED
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.)
  15. 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.
  16. That bunny is really cool. It looks like a pink Peeps candy! TED
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. You should leave all the ones that are Halloween on the porch and start lighting them up in a few weeks! TED
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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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