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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.
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  1. Looking for any info about mold craft carolers. Looked everywhere and cant find anything on a black one
  2. Been working on a little refresh for these fine fellows. Empire rules my yard!
  3. I am interested in purchasing some of these Empire Municipal Red Bell Blow Molds. Anyone have any to sell? I live in the Chicago area or know. Source that might sell them. Thank you.
  4. I was looking at Christmas candles on eBay and was dismayed by the high cost of shipping, sometimes as much as two to three times the cost of the candle. Lots of stuff out there with chips, cracks, and major fading but still at a premium price. I came across one for $16 including free shipping. There were only two pictures and no information on the size or manufacturer but for that price I decided to take a chance since the pictures showed it in pretty good condition. It was by an auction house in a small town in Wisconsin so maybe there isn't a lot of interest this time of year. When it arrived I saw it was a full sized candle wrapped in black plastic sheeting and with yards of tape securing the plastic (see pix 1). As it unwrapped I could see it probably had been stored for a long time as it was fairly dirty but with great paint and no fading. The light was included, unbroken, and in working condition in spite of being loose in the top. It is a full size candle light with an E27 base. I removed the incandescent light and cord as I want to run it with LEDs. A quick washing with mild detergent and it was ready to re-lamp. On the back it has the Empire Tarboro, NC label, Caroline Enterprises 1973 and the numbers 024259-1504 at the base. Here are a few pictures showing the candle and my LED conversion. I tried inserting three other pictures but the site takes too long to load them. Package in the mail https://s33.postimg.cc/z3wq83bgv/package.png incandescent light inside https://s33.postimg.cc/q8vvxrhlb/incandescent_light.png COB LED replacement https://s8.postimg.cc/3s3xu4kx1/COB_LED_replacement.png COB LED lit https://s8.postimg.cc/xlay2gu1x/COB_LED_lit.png I looked at the other items they had for sale and most are much more expensive. The GFP Christmas penguin that I acquired at my local goodwill was $60 and in about the same condition as mine.
  5. I am interested in purchasing some of these Empire Municipal Red Bell Blow Molds. Anyone have any to sell? I live in the Chicago area or know. Source that might sell them. Thank you.
  6. So i'm thinking about getting the Pearl GFP Blow mold nativity set from Menards because it's on sale. I'm not big on plain white blow molds so i'm thinking about giving it a custom paint job. What do you think?
  7. THIS AD HAS EXPIRED!

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    Retiring our entire light show. This includes 14 controllers, 5 blow mold reindeer, 1 blow mold Santa, 1 blow mold penguin, 6 blow mold candles (2 new), 4 wire frame deer, 1 wire frame moose, 2 marty fans, 4 leaping arches, 1 mega tree, thousands of new, still in the box lights, thousands of used lights, rope lights, icicles nets. Incandescent and LED lights. Wireless light linkers, FM transmitter and more. Selling as an entire lot. $3500 OBO. Must pick up A complete list is attached QTY Light Count Condition Description Light Type Color 1 Untested 16 Channel LOR CTB16DV5 Controller Metal housing 4 Used 16 Channel LOR CTB16PC Controller Plastic housing 1 power cord 4 Used 16 Channel LOR CTB16PC Controller Plastic housing 2 power cords 5 Used 16 Channel LOR1602 Controller Metal housing 2 power cords 19 216 Used 18 ' Rope Light Incandescent Red 2 300 New 18' Garland Light String Incandescent White 9 216 7 new 18' Rope Light Incandescent Multicolored 2 216 New 18' Rope Light Incandescent Red 1 New 25 count Light Stakes 8 New 6' Unlit Wesley Pine Trees 6 1 per candle 2 are new Blow Mold Candles 1 1 Blow Mold Penguin 5 1 per deer Blow Mold Reindeer 1 1 Blow Mold Santa 2 New Empty Flower Easels 1 Empty Reindeer frame 1 Used FM Transmitter 1 450 New Icicles String Incandescent White 21 70 New Icicles String LED Blue 2 300 New Icicles String Incandescent White 2 200 per deer Large Wire Framed Deer Incandescent White 82 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent White 30 50 New Light String - Box LED White 4 60 New Light String - Box LED White 10 60 New Light String - Box LED Multicolored 2 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent Red 35 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent Blue 4 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent Green 27 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent Multicolored 6 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent Purple 1 60 New Light String - Box LED Blue 1 100 Used Light String - Box Incandescent Red 12 70 New Light String - Box LED Multicolored 6 60 New Light String - Box LED White 1 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent Green 3 100 New Light String - Box Incandescent White 10 150 New Light String - Reel LED White 2 200 New Light String - Reel Incandescent Blue 2 400 New Light String - Reel Incandescent Multicolored 2 400 New Light String - Reel Incandescent White 500 Used Light Strings on reel Incandescent Multicolored 600 Used Light Strings on reel Incandescent Red 400 Used Light Strings on reel Incandescent White 360 Used Light Strings on reel LED Blue 4 960 per arch Lighted Arches LED White and Blue 16 200 per tree Lighted Trees Incandescent White and Multicolored 4 Used LOR Wireless Light Linkers 2 1600 per fan Marty Fan - just over 5' tall Incandescent White and Multicolored 1 2400 Used Mega Tree Lights Incandescent White and Purple 1 300 Used Merry Christmas Sign Incandescent Red 6 70 New Net Light LED White 1 Unknown Untested Plane Incandescent 2 150 per deer Small Wire Framed Deer Incandescent White Tons of misc used lights Red, White, Muticolored, Blue 1 Used USB485N Converter 1 300 Wire Framed Moose Incandescent White Light-O-Rama Light Show Listing.xlsx

    $3,500.00

    Newberry, Michigan - US

  8. Hello everyone! I am new to this forum, but have been decorating the house for the past 6 years (since I've owned a house). As I'm sure it is true with everyone on this site, it gets bigger and better each year! I just acquired a complete Empire Nativity (2 camels, 3 sheep, 1 donkey, 1 cow, 1 shepherd, Mary, Joseph, cradle and baby Jesus, 3 wise men, Empire star, 1 angel) and an Empire Santa Sleigh and 9 reindeer! I also picked up an Empire Santa holding a blue present, a empire clown snowman, and 2 candle sticks! I'm glad I took my trailer because I definitely needed it. I have many many questions on decorating, but this is my first question - what is the best way to mount the sleigh and reindeer to the roof? I was thinking about using a 2x10 board and screwing them in or maybe plywood? Any suggestion on what would work best? I also have a question on how to mount the reindeer to the board? I will post pics of my find and all the stuff as soon as I can upload the pics. Any helpful tips/pics/info would really be appreciated! I want to get this on the roof ASAP. :0)
  9. Here's what I'm looking for... Can anyone identify the original? Thanks, Nick
  10. Last year I took donations from all my friends and coworkers to cover my house in lights. It was nice and had a huge turn out. Some of the stuff didnt get displayed. Long story short, I was given eleven blowmolds of the nativity and a few snowmen and toy soldiers. The items are in great shape on the exterior but the wiring and lights seem to be in TERRIBLE condition. I wish to use these blowmolds this year but Im not sure if theres a place to buy replacement wiring or something. Should I just hook up some other lights and put them inside? Im completely out of my element on this one. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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