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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.

Mel Fischer

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About Mel Fischer

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  • Birthday 06/18/1941

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    Do not have one
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    Mount Vernon, Washington, USA
  • Biography
    Retired
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    Our main decorating interests are in blow molds and wireframes. At this time our display is 99% static and will probably remain so.
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    Retired
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  1. Pumpkin and Candy Pails 2017

    Ted, I am trying to get it straight in my feeble mind, are these the two similar traditional face pails that you are referring to? They were made in several colors other then green. Mel
  2. "United Solutions" New company?

    United Solutions is connected with Cado/Union Products, I asked Cado about that last year and when I asked if United Solutions was a distributor for them he said "Something like that" but would not say anything more. I do wonder if they are just a division of Cado. I have bought from United Solutions a few times when the prices are low enough. We got our black Zombie Gnome from them for $19.95 and free shipping through Amazon a year or two ago and we got the Cado new red and green candles from them for under $16 each including shipping a few months ago. They also list on eBay. Mel
  3. Just bought it. What is it?

    I have not seen that one before. Mel
  4. ALF? Unmarked Choir Children

    They are repros of similar blow molds but none appear to be repros of these Silvestri ones. Mel
  5. My new additions for Halloween 2017

    I forgot to mention, I have Halloween ads from 1971 & 1973 showing the Haystack Witch so we know it was made for at least three years (1971-1973). The ads are from Kmart and Walgreens. Mel
  6. ALF? Unmarked Choir Children

    I do not see any of the ones pictured in this thread available in the link you posted> Mel
  7. GFP Closing

    Yes we could order direct from Union Products but that did not help them stay in business, they closed their doors 11 years ago. Mel
  8. ALF? Unmarked Choir Children

    I am assuming that the set the ones you posted pictures of have the same ones only with the red & white gowns. I have done a minor adjustment to your pictures to see them better, hope you don't mind. Mel
  9. ALF? Unmarked Choir Children

    You're welcome. Mel
  10. ALF? Unmarked Choir Children

  11. My new additions for Halloween 2017

    Thanks Donna, I had forgotten about that conversation. I had saved the information in the folder with the pictures of ours but forgot to move that folder from my Unknown Maker files to the Gregg Products folder. I looked up the PM thread and reread it and that thread is saved in the folder also. Mel
  12. My new additions for Halloween 2017

    Great finds Donna, wonderful additions to any collection and display. Which one are referring to as being a Gregg? Mel
  13. Old Crystal Valley Catalogs

    From the Garrison-Wagner 1956 Broadside #75, does anyone know who made these? Apparently they were made in California. Mel
  14. Old Crystal Valley Catalogs

    From the 1958 Garrison-Wagner Supplement #90, I assume it was made by General Plastics. Mel
  15. 2017 Blow Mold Gifts!!!

    You are welcome Shane, this is where I found the General Foam information back in 2005. Mel
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