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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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  • My favorite Christmas story
    And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
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  1. I phased out the X10 plugs i used to use with all smart plugs as of last year. I have two different brands so I use two different apps to control them but they are very similar in programming and use. The apps also have a dusk/dawn feature that automatically adjusts to your location and time of year which is very handy. I've had only two plugs fail and both of those were my fault. The first one was overloaded and eventually quit working. The second one was used with a covered porch but got blowing rain on it and ruined it. I use regular smart plugs (indoor) for my indoor stuff and I only use outdoor ones for...uh...outdoors. In fact, I use the outdoor ones year round; in the summer they turn on my 12V landscape lights and my fountains and pond lights. I've had them for three years now and are used every night and no failures (knock on wood). these particular ones have two independent outlets each which is also a nice feature. Here's the indoor ones that I bought recently https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079MFTYMV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and this is the aforementioned outdoor plug https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078TW292H/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  2. In north Alabama, we don't get heavy snow very often but we do get wind. My display is mostly blow molds but I do have a couple of Disney inflatables on my deck. I only run my fans when the display is on and the biggest PITA for me was the inflatable not getting upright correctly when the fan switched on or getting tangled and having to go out and straighten the thing up. What I did for a fix was I mounted a vertical 2x2 behind each inflatable and I used extra ropes and set it up such that when the fan cuts off, the 2x2 keeps the deflated inflatable fairly upright. Then when the fan comes on the next time, it easily inflates into place. The extra ropes also keep it upright during wind and rain. Since the attach points for the rope clips are usually around the figures mid section and I need attach points near the neck/head for this, I take large safety pins and attach the new ropes to them and then use the safety pins to attach to the inflatable. If you pin at a seam it holds and I've never had a pin fail or a rip because of this. I know this won't be possible for everyone, but I also don't rely on ground stakes for stability. Instead I build a simple rectangular platform out of OSB that lies on the ground and then I can use screws instead of stakes to attach the ropes. The platform can then be staked to the ground with some cheap garden wood stakes. This gives the inflatable something heavy and stable to attach to; I originally started doing this because my yard is sharply sloped and I had to create something flat and level to attach to (a practice I had to adopt for molds as well).
  3. Thanks for the kind words TED. Since my yard elevation forces me to use the "stages" i try to group the molds in each one by theme. This year i added the backgrounds to hopefully give them more of a "Christmas card" vibe. Man, Scott you have an awesome display. Very jealous.
  4. Thanks; I'm jealous of the green bow version. One fun thing about molds is the variation of a theme...each company has their own version(s) of santa, snowmen, lanterns, candles, etc. I have a couple of more versions of candles and lanterns indoors. Beco and Poloron in general are my favorite molds. I like Beco since they have a very different look to them then any of the other manufacturers...they are definitely the most "vintage" in vibe. Poloron's i love because the first mold I ever bought as a kid was a Poloron santa...and the Sear's catalog featured mostly Poloron stuff so that was always on my "want" list. Plus i really like their color palette...they seemed to try and be more "realistic" in their sculpts and paints.
  5. Yeah that door cover was pretty popular in it's day. I got mine from Ebay a few years ago...it had been used at least once prior (because it had already been cut out for the door knob) and I've used it for six or seven christmas's since. If you search on ebay for "door panel" or "poster" in the holiday categories, you'll see a good deal of different ones. it is not made of plastic but of a very heavy paper (think something that is about as thick as 5 or 6 layers of butcher paper); almost a card stock; the sear's catalog calls it "fiber paper". I have another old one that is slightly thinner stock which is more like a regular poster and it doesn't hold up nearly as well.
  6. Thanks; yeah i like the lanterns also; I've seen two other versions of them in catalogs, a "peace on earth" version and a "happy new year" but I've never seen either of them in the "wild" that is the original snowman and shovel; it was a lucky find last year. The shovel only has a small crack in it; it even came with the original box and i got a great price on it (shipping was actually the expensive part but that's common on big blow molds)
  7. Here's some photos of this year's display; I added a couple of new stages and updated others with backgrounds. Also have a vintage Sear's nativity cutout display added. The challenge in my lot is that the yard is sloped sharply towards the house...so if you simply put things on the ground directly, they won't be visible from the street. So I make "stages" to elevate and level the individual displays to counteract the slope. Thanks for reading! Michael
  8. Can any glow mold collectors tell me if I can change my 7watt candelabra base bulb  to a LED type bulb in my blow molds? I’m new to blow molds...if so..what kind of bulb will work..thanks

  9. Thanks, that's a lot of good info. I think i'll give it a shot!
  10. I've been doing a "retro" display for a few years now (mainly featuring blow molds) and I would like to try a cutout project for the upcoming season. Since my art skills are none, I am leaning towards the already printed/glue them on/cut them out type projects and I like this classic one: http://www.u-bild.com/projects-holiday/007.htm I was wondering if anyone had done this type of project using Coro instead of plywood. I realize there would be trade offs (coro requiring some additional bracing comes to mind) but the lower cost of the coro, the easier cutting, not having to sand, etc. makes me want to explore it as an option. Is this feasible? Can you glue poster paper to coro? What other problems/challenges would there be? thanks
  11. I haven't taken many photos thus far this year but i do have this one. the frame is made of slotted metal that you can buy at lowes/home depot. it bolts together easily with screws and wingnuts so i can break it down in small sections to get it through the windows shown (that way i don't have to use a ladder). it looks like it is leaning away from the house but that's because of the slope of the roof. the verticals for making the deer "fly" start at 2 feet lengths and go up to 6 feet. the resulting frame is very lightweight, breaks down for storage and is extremely sturdy. i use the sandbags (filled with large "egg" rock gravel instead of sand) shown. the frame is on its fifth year and has never budged in high winds and pouring rain. the biggest drawback is the cost; the slotted metal is very expensive; i probably have at least as much money tied up in the frame as in the molds (based on the fact that i bought the molds new back when general foam was still cranking them out). i hope that helps. if you have any more questions let me know. thanks for the interest
  12. yes it is an aluminum tree; its similar to the one we had when i was a kid (ours was only a 6' but this one is 7'). i also have a vintage color wheel but i took it offline this year (the motor is going out on it and it uses a huge spotlight bulb (hot!) that i don't like to leave unattended) and replaced it with an LED multicolor bulb that does a color fade that nails the color wheel effect. You can't see it in the picture but i replaced the tree's stand with a poloron tin litho stand. These trees are a pain to decorate; the branches don't stay in the trunk very well and they don't support much weight so it was slow go getting the ornaments hung. The blue teardrops are poland glass but the rest are jewelbrite plastic ornaments (which are lighter weight and less prone to break)
  13. Cardboard fireplaces just scream "60s/70s" don't they? This one was made by toymaster; and it does have the "flicker" feature described above. I purchased it on ebay a few years ago. I originally wanted to get the model that also has the cardboard chimney but then i wouldn't have the place to display the centerpieces.
  14. Yes, it's the Poloron set (except for the camel). Finally got the wise men just this year; just need the shephard
  15. I apologize in advance for the quality (or lack thereof) of the photos My yard is a paradigm...it's a big front and side yard so there's plenty of room for decor but the yard slopes sharply from the street so i have to get creative in displaying things (like building elevated platforms). Here's the front yard which goes for a vintage theme
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