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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.
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  • 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. Congratulations! That's a great article. It's nice that they included your comments on why you do the display! TED
  2. TED

    Candy Cane Lights

    It's not clear to me if you are just looking for the bulbs or if you are looking for the cords. Any store that sells Christmas lights will have C7 replacement bulbs. (There's no specification of indoor/outdoor for the C7 replacement bulbs.) If you are looking for replacement cords all you will find (in stores) are the "indoor" cords intended for the little ceramic houses. Most of them are single socket cords but there are some that have 5 bulbs. (I don't think you'll find 2 bulb cords.) Many people use those successfully even though they are technically "indoor" cords. The only difference between indoor and outdoor rated cords is that outdoor cords have UV inhibitor in the outer insulation. Therefore indoor cords will not last as long out in the Sun. In the end you have to decide for yourself and be responsible for the results. The only way I am aware of that you could find "outdoor" rated cords would be to contact one of the blowmold companies. That pretty much leaves Cado as the only option. (There is Pan Asian but i think they are overseas.) I would use the old cords if at all possible. If they are lost you might have to use 2 single cords. There is the option to make your own cords but it would probably not be cost effective for just a few items. I'll put a few links down here for you. (Note that the Creative Displays price is higher but it includes shipping.) C7 bulbs 7 watt: https://www.actionlighting.com/c7-Transparent-Christmas-replacement-bulb/ https://www.creativedisplays.com/products/c7-candelabra-base-clear-transparent-7-watt-lights/ C7 bulbs 5 watt:: https://www.actionlighting.com/C7-Transparent-Christmas-Retrofit-Bulb-5watt/ https://www.creativedisplays.com/products/c7-candelabra-base-clear-transparent-5-watt-lights/ Sockets with clip to make your own (out of stock): https://www.nationalartcraft.com/subcategory.asp?gid=1&cid=27&scid=27 Cado: https://www.cadocompany.com/division.html#downloads TED
  3. I don't know where to post this because it's not an exact fit for any of the categories but I guess here will do. I ran across this article that has a bunch of Christmas display pictures. The pictures are several years old but still fun to look at. Enjoy! https://weather.com/home-garden/home/news/holiday-lights-from-around-the-world-photos TED
  4. I think the 3.5 volt bulbs might work ok. If you replaced all the bulbs then it might not be as bright as it was but you could just use one to replace the burned out bulb. TED
  5. 49 watt seems like a lot compared to what some of the other molders are using. How does it look? Do you have a picture? TED Somebody posted a video recently of using flickering bulbs in candle flames. I was looking on eBay to see what I could find. They are a little pricey but you can get the cost down to just under 3 bucks if you buy a 6 pack. I didn't do an exhausting search like I tend to do when I'm going to order so you may find a better price with a little searching. There's probably a better deal if you buy from one of the direct from China sellers. Here's a link to an example: https://www.ebay.com/itm/352817176568 TED
  6. If you GOTO the Home Depot website and search from the main page for "blow mold" it will show you all the 'molds. When i was in the Home Depot here they had 4 in stock. I just checked the website and unfortunately they went back up to $49. Thanks for mentioning Michael's. I hadn't thought to check them. I'm with you there. I still have a preference for the incans although there are some darker 'molds that might benefit from the brighter bulbs. Yeah it would be nice if the light kit went up through the bottom like the Empire/Gen Foam "scary candles". I think do think you could display them with one turned "backwards". I don't think the light sockets would show too much especially from a distance. If you could run the cord down through the cane on the inside that would help hide it. TED
  7. Hi Jen, Welcome to Planet Christmas and especially to the blowmolds forum! You've collected a bunch of really nice 'molds in a fairly short amount of time! Like the rest of the group I like the candles by the fireplace. The flames look like the Empire type but I don't recognize the candles. I like the way you set up your Santa sleigh and reindeer with the reindeer "taking off". (There have been many discussions on here about different ways to display Santa sleigh and reindeer.) The little snowmen in the window look like they are laughing at the 3 large snowmen out in the cold. (Of course who will get the last laugh?) You've created a very nice well balanced display! TED
  8. There's a special buy on the Pan Asian Candy Canes at Home Depot! They are $24.88! TED
  9. Spielbauer is definitely one i have not heard of before! It looks like they offered quite a nice variety. TED
  10. With apologies to anyone who has a different opinion, the saddest thing was the design. Although the Great Pumpkin is never pictured we do get some sense of it from Linus's description. it's supposed to be a large creature that flies though the air to deliver toys. I always imagine him being somewhat scary even though he's delivering toys. He should have a pumpkin head, a body with arms and legs (maybe slightly scarecrowish) and should be wearing a black cape! That design is just Linus with a pumpkin helmet leaning on a pumpkin. The Great Pumpkin is not just a small jack-o-lantern with a slightly scary face. i think the thing i hate the most about it is the stupid pumpkin helmet that Linus is wearing. The whole design is terrible! i don't have sufficient words to describe just how much I do not like it! TED
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    MSL Industries

    Oh yes. I recognize the name now. Thanks for refreshing my memory! TED
  12. I would speculate that those prices might be comparable to the cost of the fiberglass decorations that are typically sold for commercial use. They are really nice items to have in your collection! You said it! It's so hard to find people who take pride in their work. I'm not an electrician but I'm pretty handy at it. There have been quite a few occasions when my parents had an electrician "repair" something at their home and I had to come behind them and fix what they messed up. The most recent case was a HVAC contractor that connected a large solid wire and a small stranded wire without even twisting them together. They just twisted a wire nut onto the 2 mismatched wires. Obviously it did not make a secure connection. If you just barely bumped the wire it would lose the connection and the unit would shut off! Thanks for sharing a little of your personal "history" Mel. It's quite interesting! TED
  13. I believe those were also a Poloron design weren't they? Were they also made by Empire at some point? (I can't remember.) I had an old set of Polorons (like that or very similar) whose flames are in terrible condition. (They had full size household incandescent bulbs in them so the flames are very brittle. One of the flames is all in pieces.) I think that replacement flames for G.V. candles would be a perfect fit if they were available. The flames are red though instead of yellow. Maybe we'll be able to make flames with a 3D printer at some point. I remember passing up the G.V. candles when they were on clearance because I liked the Gen Foam type better. (Obviously I should have bought some of each!) TED
  14. One can only imagine all the "unknown" artists that created all those nostalgic decorations (not just blowmolds) back in the day! It's nice to know who a few of them are! TED
  15. It sounds like he's smarter than the average scrapper. I've watched some videos of scrappers on youtube. I saw one guy toss a perfectly good bicycle into his load of scrap metal. At $5 per 100 pounds (for steel) he probably got 2 dollars or less for it. Any good working bicycle would be worth at least 20 bucks! I saw another guy take a perfectly good set of speakers and slam them on a concrete floor. He destroyed a $50 speaker to get maybe five cents worth of copper. Insane! In any case I'm glad that this scrapper is offering the aluminum molds for sale and didn't just junk them all. TED
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    Blowmold prices

    American Sale has more reasonable prices on their blowmolds so I thought I'd post a link. Hopefully this will at least be useful for those of you in Chicago or nearby. (Unfortunately it's a bit far for me.) I noticed that the toy soldiers and the candles are $19.99 (which is a lot better than 40 bucks)! https://www.americansale.com/pages/search-results-page?q=blow+mold&page=2 They were even a little cheaper than Menard's! https://www.menards.com/main/home-decor/christmas/outdoor-christmas-decor/c-12293.htm?queryType=allItems&Spec_ProductType_facet=Blow+Molds TED
  17. I wasn't aware of that book. it's really cool that it contains images that you contributed! TED
  18. Congratulations on finding the Dapol lamps! I don't think I've ever seen any of them around here. The LED "flame" bulb(s) is cool! TED
  19. You are welcome! Hey Mel! I'm so glad to see you posting again! I certainly understand your point. A simple acknowledgement shouldn't be too much to ask. Oh man don't get me started about the online prices! In addition to the outrageous price the shipping is usually a deal breaker. However it does not make me want to sell my 'molds. Yep. It doesn't make me want to sell off my 'molds but it does discourage me from buying new ones. Most of the ones I've bought in the last few years have been used. That's not just because of price though. There haven't been very many new ones available! (We don't have Menard's around here.) I have bought a few of the ones from Kroger. I find some of the history very interesting. Sometimes I don't feel like I have anything meaningful to add to the discussion. I may not always comment but I do always enjoy your posts. Do you think that Kev might be open to letting someone help with the updates? Scott I'm in the South but we don't have hurricanes here in Arkansas. We do have tornadoes and once in a while ice storms. There have been times when out of state crews came in to help restore power. So if you've ever come down to AR to restore power, Thanks! I remember those being sold as the "fat Santa" at Kmart. I think maybe they were sold at walmart also but I'm not positive. Things usually pick up this time of year. If this thread is any indication it's happening now. I would change that bulb (at least if it is incandescent). A large bulb like that gets very close to the sides of the flame. It can cause it to melt or get brittle. A skinnier bulb will give more space between the bulb and the plastic. (You probably knew this already but there may be some reading this who don't.) That looks like a good candidate for a "plastic welding" type of repair.especially since there are very few missing pieces. TED P.S. I believe I set a new record with a "multi-quote" of 10 different posts at once!
  20. What are the advantages/disadvantages of the chip-on-board vs. the "corn" bulb? TED
  21. TED

    MSL Industries

    Those are cool. I can't recall hearing of MSL Industries before. TED
  22. You can use a cable tie for a "welding rod". TED
  23. Since you have so many to deal with already I'll help you out and send Shane my address so that you don't get overloaded! TED
  24. Ah yes "Shorty" and "Horse Face"! TED 😏
  25. I don't recognize it but the style reminds me of Drainage Products. It also has a bit of a TPI look. Obviously these are just guesses. I haven't ever seen a carrot mouth before. It's odd! TED
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