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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. Empire 44" Church - For Sale Item #1475 Introduced: 1994 Discontinued: 1995 Empire 44" Church With Steeple, in excellent condition. 29" L x 20" W x 44" H. There are five stress cracks from age, one on each base corner, and one on the steeple eave (shown). All are equal in size and aren't detracting or harmful. These I have left unrepaired in case someone would rather do it themselves or leave as is, but I can repair them on request. The entire church has been disassembled and cleaned throughly. All original window frames and stained glass gels except for one are there. I have
    2. Matilda, Absolutely! No need for references, you're great in my book! You'll have to be find number four though, Mel is in line for three. I already promised him one, so as soon as I get him one you'll be next. Excellent! I have to get mine up, too. Just need some good night time shots and they'll be ready. And yes, yes, I'm working on it!! So many dog houses, so little time.
    3. Looks great Frank! BTW, you're welcome. Glad my eBay link came through for you. I found Tom his as well. Nice to see the trend I started. Hey Tom, we need pictures of yours lit up out in your display, or did you put some up and I missed them?
    4. You can always go to Blow-Molded, if we don't have it there currently you either ask Mel or myself. We do have the 35" Empire Christmas Teddy Bear on there currently, if that is the one you need info for. Here it is here- Empire - Animals There is no way to tell what year a piece was made, unless it has the barcode sticker which will have the manufacture date and year on it usually. The year stamped on each figure is the year the steel mold was created, not the year the figure itself was manufactured. The best that can be done is finding out the years a figure was in production.
    5. Anyone? Any suggestions? I thought there was at least one member who succeeded in having authentic choir eye decals made.
    6. I still would like to know how these other MA people are getting UP warehouse surplus, would have loved to jump in on that. Just met a woman in Brimfield over the summer who had gotten a load of the same NOS.
    7. I got one of the Empire 12" Coach Lantern's finally a month or so ago, it needed a total rehab. I already stripped it and repainted it but am without decals for it. Even though the candle decals look alright, they were shot and I was only able to save one. The rest tore and crumbled. As you can see, the Seasons Greetings decals were a total loss, the font had eroded completely and the plastic had dirt under it along with wrinkling. I need help finding replacement decals for this and they need to be exact. They are made the same as the Empire choir singer eyes, clear plastic with the grap
    8. Jim, Again, more than welcome! Hope they work out well for you. As for the plates, if anyone places an order I will promptly get more. So no worries.
    9. Missed this, a warm welcome to PC indeed! Feel free to post pictures of your display, you don't have to have a ton of light-ups or a huge display to participate. Every display is important and unique, which I love.
    10. Poloron also made that Wisemen set, although it is unclear whether the Empire/GF edition was a direct copy of the Poloron molds, or made from the actual Poloron molds. I'm sure most people know that on the Empire/GF Kneeling Wiseman, his foot is missing, although the mold is flat there, as if it was modified. The Poloron edition has the foot. The set in the picture is definitely a GF or Empire edition though as Joe said. Mel, that is the Poloron Mary. Remember that TPI copied many Poloron molds for their products. Their Madonna is one example of that.
    11. Here is the link for those interested- http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220521245449&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT
    12. I believe Brad is correct. I have a pair of the injection-molded UP Santa Mice and they too are mildly yellowed. The hard plastic always discolors eventually. I just decided to enjoy them as they are, gives them a nice patina.
    13. I use power strips, power taps, cube plugs (triple tap adaptors) 12 AWG extension cords and the household extension cords. It's really whatever I can get my hands on right now. Mel has the right idea with the SPT-2 + Vamp plugs and I will be doing that when I can for everything. I made one zip line with Vamp plugs this year for the two wreaths and Santa face I have in a row on the front of the house. I must say I am very happy though with the custom length power strips I made this year out of Panduit. My friend Carl uses the Plugmold style strips, which are an average of 5' long wit
    14. Thanks you guys and to everyone else who purchased kits, glad to have all happy customers. Considering all the trouble people have been having with their E26K light sets, I just want to remind everyone that I still have some light sets left. Plates are sold out, but I will get more on request. If you need them for Christmas, I recommend getting them now. They have been going fast. Regards- :santasmileyitty:
    15. To answer everyone's discontent over the light sets GF has been using, here is the information on them- Here are the current E26K cord sets being used by GF, made by the Ying Long Electric Co., in Taiwan: http://database.ul.com/cgi-bin/XYV/t...488&sequence=1 You can look up any decorative electrical product on the Underwriters Laboratories website under the UL listing number. It's very helpful. But the E26K sets are complete garbage. I have trashed every one of them, I don't have time for an inferior quality item. I started cutting the shell, but when I ordered the new light s
    16. Zero here, none of our stores got any this year. Kmart is the only possibility, but when I last checked a few weeks ago, nothing.
    17. I use chain on all of mine, I toggle bolt them all to cable reel disks (the plywood ends of the wire spools electrical supply houses get, if you ask they'll give them to you for free and they come in all sizes) and run the chain through the bases. The bases allow them to be weighted and at the same time I have something to run the chain through.
    18. 16 years storing mine in the garage attic without a single problem, I would say after that amount of time if anything was going to happen it would have. The space is also entirely closed off except for the access opening in the garage ceiling.
    19. I have the wreaths up and all the lights and on the house are up, except for the dormers and porch railings. The dormers are about 40' off the ground and have tiny vinyl replacement windows, so I tried to pop those out and install the lights by leaning out of them. I thought it would be easier, but it was very awkward and I wasn't happy with the results. I do have a large extension ladder that will reach, so I will be redoing it via that way. Luckily I only did one dormer. None of the figures go out until the day after Thanksgiving, unless the weather gets rough early, which often happe
    20. I like the idea of the vintage decor, ACE has always carried some of the best Christmas stuff. It is nice to have them still in the absence of Bradley's, Zayre, Ames, Caldor and McCrory's. I have to check out Aubuchon this year, they used to always carry a ton of figures but I haven't been since the late 90's. Our ACE chain here (Rocky's) hasn't carried any light-ups since UP closed. Back then they only carried the infamous wish list Santa and the snowman with pipe. I talked to them this year about ordering from GF and they said unless the economy improves soon, they won't be getting a
    21. Thank you greatly everyone! Oh yes indeed! Oh definitely, I'm too excited about it not to display it. Tom, you will love airbrushing, if you need any help let me know.
    22. This is the set I received from my friend this year, it took some time, but it is finally done. Everything was freehand except for the stars, (which I wanted to have very sharp lines on) Santa's blanket and the rivets on the sleigh (both of which I did before I had the new airbrush) (I just used a piece of plastic with a hole drilled in it for the rivets). Paint I used was Rustoleum Painter's Touch, Createx transparent and custom mixed Ace Royal Exterior High Gloss for the green. All airbrushed. Airbrush is the Iwata Eclipse HP-BCS.
    23. LOL! I forget what spacing I did... I think it was 1 1/2" or two inches, I know the total amount of sockets on there comes to 48 or so. Two 25 ft stringers worth. I used a screwdriver to pop off all the sockets from the light strings and went and re-spaced all of them.
    24. I'm glad I can offer them to everyone. Believe me, I understand how things are with the economy. I have been lucky in finding some handyman jobs here and there to survive, but that is it. I will try to always have the light kits available, so if anyone who can't afford these now should be able to in the future, they'll be there.
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