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  • Christmas 2017 countdown has begun. Most people reveal their displays the day after Thanksgiving. 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.
  • 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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About CapeLights

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  • Birthday 12/14/1976

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    Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA
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    Buying new blowmolds, looking for blowmolds...did I mention collecting blowmolds?
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  1. General Foam Catalog 2017 Halloween/Christmas

    Yes, the catalog. Usually I can find a link, but not being a social media man, I haven't seen a thing thus far. Would sure like to see it! Thanks for responding Richard!
  2. Been waiting for a post, anybody seen anything out there?
  3. Been waiting for a post, anybody seen anything out there?
  4. Menards Christmas 2016

    Hello, "retro" or nostalgic as General Foam is calling it, is colors that were used in the earlier times of blow molds... more "pale" less bright if you will...I think of the poloron set that General Foam produces now..as a great example. See the General Foam catalog that was posted by Andrew earlier this year, and you will see the "nostalgic" paint schemes offered this season. Hopefully, that will answer your question.
  5. Menards Christmas 2016

    It has indeed started. Carrying the very same molds as they did in 2015, with the exception...they are adding the "nostalgic santa" which is the GF traditional santa with the "new" retro colors. Significant price increases on several molds. For example, the big blow mold light was $19.99 last year, this year $29.99.
  6. The Loss Of A Blow Mold Icon

    I just read about this. I agree with Mel, this is quite sad news for the blow mold world. His designs and molds were of top quality, and will never be duplicated.
  7. Menards Halloween 2014

    Here are the two molds carried this year.
  8. Menards Halloween 2014

    Looks like only two lighted blow mold items for this year. General Foam 36" Grinning Ghost and the 33" Witch (has been carried for at least last two years). Both are $29.99 . No pumpkins. They do have the scare-mingos orange and black two pack. Didn't see a price. So that's it.
  9. Does Anyone Have A Menard's Report?

    Ted, only thing I saw was plan-o-grams, and workers were watching. I did manage to see they will carry the GF 36" Grinning ghost. Once I get back there this week, I will take a couple pics when things are all out.
  10. Show Your Nativity Scene(S)

    55, General Foam changed the colors of the life size nativity this year. So, it encouraged me to buy a second shepherd. Thank you all for the compliments. I do it for God's glory.
  11. Show Your Nativity Scene(S)

    My 2013 Nativity
  12. Menards Blow Mold Update

    Earlier this season there were discussions about the online only available molds Menards had for sale. They have shipped many of them to the stores. They had the train for $83. Life size Holy family for $77. Life size Wiseman for $119. Life size sheep for $17.99!!! Camel for $45. Check online it will show the stock at your local store. I would hurry. Just a heads up!!! Good Luck!
  13. General Foam Pumpkin At Aldi's

    You just never know these days. Im sure they will be gone quick!
  14. Menards Christmas 2013

    A nice selection this year. Only one snowman in the line-up, that's unusual. Some of these new dark colors will look great during the day, but at night...???? thinking they may not be interior lighting friendly.