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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.

CraiginPA

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CraiginPA last won the day on November 28 2017

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About CraiginPA

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  • Birthday 02/01/1960

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  • My favorite Christmas story
    A woman who lived in my house between 1940 and 1970 sent me a Christmas card telling me how much she enjoyed the Christmas display. She stated in the card that she was 96 years old.
  • Location
    Jeffersonville, PA
  • Biography
    Christmas and Halloween are my hobbies
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    Automation
  • Occupation
    Programmer
  • About my display
    LOR, 160 channels, winner of town display

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  1. The auction site doesn't post final bids. And I'm not on BMN because it's a closed facebook group (and I refuse to join facebook due to their privacy policies). Can someone post, in general, how much the molds went for?
  2. CraiginPA

    GFP Closing

    It may be that they were cash flow positive (i.e., they had more gross revenue more than expenses), but on the books they were losing money due to depreciation on the machinery, furnishings, and building. The poor condition of the building may be another factor that caused them to close. If the building requires expensive refurbishment, the investors may have decided that the cost to refurbish the building wasn't a good investment. The cost to relocate the machinery to another building and set up production there was likely high enough that it made no sense. Whatever the actual causes, it's closed. The Auction is March 6, 2018. Hopefully, the molds will be saved and get into the hands of people who can do things with them.
  3. I find that a lot of content has disappeared. Sub-forums where there once was a main forum seem to have been lost in the transition. I have a huge problem with facebook's privacy policy, and the fact that they harvest names off the internet and off picture postings to create 'stub accounts' to hold these intrusions of my privacy. I lament that I'm effectively out of the loop because, without a facebook account, I can't see what's going on in Blow Mold Nation. As a result, I come here.
  4. CraiginPA

    GFP Closing

    Watching this auction myself. While there's no way I have the capital to set up a production line for blow molds, seeing those molds being melted would break my heart. Hopefully, they'll break the molds up into genre, or at least not auction them as one huge lot, so they can be saved from becoming scrap. And, looking at the pallets and pallets of partially and fully completed products, I can see buying some of those. Painting these would give my wife and I something to do during the long winters. LOL
  5. That is completely awesome. I applaud your ingenuity!
  6. It might be my imagination, but it looks like the pool is the dumping ground for broken stuff, and I counted more than 200 pieces in there. Value? nearly zero. I see a LOT of stuff that's really faded, and stuff that is missing cords and bulb plates. Value? very little. If this was closer, I'd take a ride to see it, but the seller would have to revise his pricing to be realistic. For me, if he gets $5k, he should be grateful.
  7. I've had all kinds of crazy requests. This year's was someone who wanted to put a blow up Bozo the clown punchy toy from the 1970's in place of Santa in his sleigh for a photograph. That one, coming from an adult, was one I allowed. The ones where people wanted to pose their family on my lawn at night when the lights were on I've always turned down, for fear they'd trip over or break something as they stumbled into the middle of my display. For a commercial to be shot with my house, I'd expect some kind of payment. And if they were going to be on my property, I'd ask for a certificate of insurance.
  8. I got this same exact Santa for free on craigslist 15 years ago. The story was the owner had saved it from the trash at the department store where he worked, took it home, and moved it from house to house each time he moved. When he was moving a long distance, he decided he didn't want it anymore. To get it for free, I had to promise not to sell it for a year (as if I would!). Unfortunately, it appears he never covered it up between seasons. So, while I have had success gently cleaning his jacket and the rest of his clothes and getting them looking pretty good, I'm stymied by the beard (which appears to be glued in place). The white beard is almost grey. Any thoughts on how to clean the beard would be appreciated.
  9. Most of my blow molds are medium base, not candelabra base (which is what a C7 is). The few candelabra base blow molds I have will be stocked with C7's for decades, as I replaced my strings of C7's with LED versions. For the remainder of the blow molds, which use medium base bulbs, I find the best light comes from 40 watt in the larger blow molds and 25 for the smaller blow molds. I've been changing them to warm white LED's over the last few years (as the incandescent bulbs burn out). Until this year, I was stymied in finding a 25w medium base LED in warm white. This year, I found some made by eco-smart in Home Depot. Unfortunately, $8.93 for a three pack, versus a buck or less for 40w warm white LED.
  10. Because the string isn't wired totally in series. Typically, these strings have a dropping resister to cut the voltage to the "twinkling" ones, and a small cpu chip encased in the "controller" or a tiny black box at the start of the string. They're dropping the voltage there, and then sending it our to specific LEDs not wired in series with the rest of the ones that provide the bulk of the light set. That's why you'll see a light set of 80 lights with 72 being on all the time and 8 random flashers.
  11. One word of caution on "anything that runs"... I used to use a 1990's Lenovo laptop running windows 98. While it ran the shows fine with 128 channels, the songs ran about 5% slow. It wasn't noticeable until I tried to over-dub the music onto a video I made and couldn't get it to sync properly. I did an upgrade to a 1999 dell desktop with an 800mhz processor running windows XP and have been using that successfully for 10+ years.
  12. I have three bolted to the outside of the house, and others mounted inside of presents, bolted to trees, or suspended on stakes in a forest of pine trees or similarly disguised. I use outdoor enclosures, and keep everything at least 18" off the ground. I couldn't imagine running everything from one point given the size of my display (150' from end to end, 50' from front to back, and up to 30' high).
  13. You won't really be able to do 3 axis with the boris skulls unless you do it externally. There is just no room inside to handle the hardware needed. You'd be better off starting with a lindberg skull and one of the adapter plates made specifically for it to mount the servos needed for head tilt, rotation, and jaw movement. Lots of information out there. Try this youtube link for a tutorial: Once you have the 3 axis skull built, you'll need a servo board and a copy of VSA in order to program the movements. Alternatively, you could do something like this with your Boris: http://halloweenpropmaster.com/prop_head_movement.htm
  14. On several of the Halloween boards, there have been postings about "inappropriate displays". One display in Ohio was picketed by a woman who said that the witch being hanged in a noose was "insensitive to wiccans" and "violated her religious beliefs". Others have had their displays plastered with religious materials or been visited by "concerned leaders of the community" (read here: self important bigots) and asked to remove parts or their entire display. HOA are the bane of modern living. My parents live in one. Last year some of the non-Christmas-decorating-neighbors complained that Christmas decorations were being put up the weekend before Thanksgiving, and that some were "too big". I was at their place for Thanksgiving and went to see the "too big" display. It was less than 20 strings of lights and a blow-up. Those people who complained would probably throw a fit at my 20K light display and over 100 LOR channels with music. It's the "I can assert my minority opinion to control my neighbor's lives" that will cause me to NEVER live in a community with a HOA. Back to the subject of your direct neighbors... I've had frank discussions with my neighbors about what I'm planning each year. No surprises when I erect the cemetary fence at Halloween. No surprises when I put up the two megatrees at Christmas. The only person who doesn't get briefed is my neighbor across the street, who is my main competition for the township holiday decorating contest. LOL. There will ALWAYS be someone who will complain. You just have to deal with it in an adult manner, without resorting to an "I'll fix them" kind of juvenile retribution. If a direct neighbor approached with a problem, I'd try to work it out. Non-neighbors with a problem, on the other hand, typically don't get much attention. Craig
  15. I built square columns with a 2x3" wood frame, covered them with foam board, painted the foam to look like a granite column, and mounted the LOR controllers inside. With one on each corner of the front yard, I had a significantly shorter distance to any given string of lights than the previous year, when I bolted them all against the outside wall of the house.
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