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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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  2. Are you going to have a Cyber Monday sale this year? I have 2 of your covers but I am moving to a house that has 8 foot garage doors and my covers are for 7 foot doors and not sure how or if I can use them. I might need to but new ones.
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  4. Set of 3 Vintage Poloron Blow Mold flying Reindeer ©1972 New in the Box https://www.ebay.com/itm/202822635207
  5. I just ordered some vamp plugs and SPT wire today. For some bushes that have a ton of lights. Looking to buy a big spool next year when they go cheaper. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  6. As for the vamp plugs.. there isn't a wrong or right way to install them.. there isnt a polarized plug on light sets..
  7. I like to think of it as a tree structure. Start with the heavy duty cords (12-14 gauge) and put those heavy duty triple taps in line between them. Then branch off to your smaller cords. With molds you can use the "household" type cords. Plug in 2 'molds and another cord on the end of each one. Of course you want to be safe but as a kind of general rule of thumb standard sets of C7 and C9 Christmas lights have 25 bulbs and they use a smaller gauge wire so don't sweat it too much. I like HLE and have ordered from them before (great customer service) however, the best zip cord (aka SPT) is from Creative Displays because theirs is rated for outdoor use meaning that it has UV inhibitor in the insulation. This means it will last longer out in the Sun and be safer since it won't get brittle. I'm pretty sure none of the other vendors offer zip cord with UV inhibitor (which is rated SPX). Also, I would suggest that unless there is a huge difference in price order plugs and wire from the same vendor to save on shipping. And of course buy during the pre-sales at the beginning of the year to get the best price. The neutral wire should be the one with the ribs on it. The Gen Foam (and other brand) C7 cordsets are SPT-1 wire however they are a smaller gauge. The newer ones are 22 gauge instead of the 18 gauge that the sockets are intended for. Have you found the sockets to work ok on the smaller gauge wire? I am not knocking your method of making replacement cords but I thought I would share that you can get sockets that have the metal clips on them although they are not as readily available (and they cost a little more). https://www.nationalartcraft.com//subcategory.asp?gid=1&cid=27&scid=27 https://www.grandbrass.com/category/lamp_sockets-e_12_candelabra_lamp_sockets-e_12_snap_in_sockets/lamp_sockets-e_12_candelabra_lamp_sockets/ I don't men to be a naysayer but I bet they aren't very bright! TED
  8. Hey Ted, the crappy ,cheap, china glitter is still on the candle and candy cane, also, the same at Menards,boo... it comes off way to easy, that's to be expected. No really made for outdoors with it on there. As for the candle flame ,on the ones at Lowes,not sure light would penetrate through the gold and also, not yet sure ,if it is ,removable.
  9. Some of those are nice looking 'molds. I think the candy cane, and candle 'molds look particularly nice. The mailbox looks pretty good too. The paint jobs look to be neatly done on all of them. It looks to me like the candle flame is not removable. I would think that the flame would not light up as well because of that. It looks like the manufacturer has (wisely) stopped putting glitter on them. Is that correct? (I've only seen these in the pictures so I can't tell for sure.) TED
  10. I think I saw that ad or one for the same Santa. I certainly would not give that much for one in that condition. I think the most I would pay for that is 20 bucks. The only reason I'd go that high on one in that condition is because those are harder to find down here in the South. A lot of people who aren't familiar with blowmolds think that they are all worth a fortune. They don't get that most of them are common and only a few are worth a lot. Here's an example for you. A very common GF camel for $110 with the description stating that it's rare. https://memphis.craigslist.org/clt/d/memphis-camel-blow-mold-for-nativity/7012518304.html TED P.S. That's a Santa not a snowman!
  11. That's a larger 'mold. The toy soldier is to the left of it partially out of the picture. For years and years that toy soldier (to the left) and NOEL candles sold for $9.99 just about everywhere (with walmart slightly lower at something like 8.97). Then when companies started going out of business in the mid 2000s prices went up to the 14.99 to 19.99 range. To get from there to $40 in just 10 years is quite a jump. TED
  12. It looks great Scott! TED
  13. I have a flameless candle or 2 around but I think they are buried amongst other decorations. Now if we can just dig them up at the same time......... TED
  14. I saw this story in the news. It sounds like an awesome family with very awesome neighbors standing up to the HOA! https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/texas-family-told-take-down-snowman-because-too-early-christmas-n1082106 TED
  15. TED

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    The shield would be a great solution. It only covers one side (25%) which would be the side towards your house. The other 3/4 of the light would be uncovered so it would still provide light for the neighbors. TED
  16. Scott Rob

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    I have gotten use to it. Since I was there when it was replaced I asked for the old acorn dome and got it. I figured if it became a big issue at Christmas I could change out the dome during Christmas. And install the old one with back blacked out either painted or using duck work aluminum tape on inside of the dome.
  17. baggedndropped

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    Selling my prop I made for RGB lights. Each row holds 50 bullet style leds


    Middletown, Pennsylvania - US

  18. I keep an eye on ours but it's usually slim pickens or over priced for used lights. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  19. Don't forget about the second hand stores as a place to find some great after Halloween bargains. I heard on Marketplace (NPR radio) that Goodwill is the largest second hand outfit in the US. I make a weekly trip to their outlet store because it is only 10 minutes away. There was a fair amount of Halloween items being brought out. I found a Gemmy 6' airblown inflatable globe in the bin right as I got there. It was in the original box with all of the parts and paperwork. It had a $99 price tag on the box as well as their $25 price for the Goodwill store. It didn't sell so I got it for $5. I'm sure it was never used outside. All of the mounting hardware was still in the package, untouched. It inflates quickly and looks brand new even though the tag on the cord indicates 2006. Of course it is also a good place for Christmas decorations. There were several sets of LED lights that were snatched up as soon as they came out. Most of the trees they get still have incandescent lights but occasionally one will have LEDs or light pipes as a light source.
  20. I wouldn't want them to turn out the light and I doubt the neighbors would be very happy if they did turn it off at my request. The bulb burned out a few years ago. The lights are all on one side of the street and spaced about every 6th house. There is no overlap between lights so when it went dark it sure was dark at night for the week or so it took them to realize it was out and to replace the lamp. I have a neighbor with an elaborate Christmas display - good enough so that he wins the neighborhood contest nearly every year. He has a light at the corner of his property (mine is about in the middle) and it doesn't affect his display. He uses the light pole for part of his decoration and hangs wires from it to his house to support his aerial display.
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  22. xenon

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    I used to work for the local power company, Many times if the light was a problem , we would put a shield on one side, or we would actually disconnect the light until after the holidays or with your style light, would be easy to cover one side of the light
  23. Does anyone have a picture of this mold in a catalog? Thanks!
  24. I too have a sodium vapor street light right in front of my house. It is about 30 feet line-of-sight from the front corner of my attached garage. As I acquired my blow molds and other Christmas display stuff I converted it to all low-voltage LED. There is such an array of LED lights these days you can get any light level you need and still save a lot of watts. The string lights were already LEDs and bright enough. I have a couple fabric covered displays like a snowman and a 40" tall striped candle. Originally both had lights attached to the inside of the fabric. It was too much trouble to string LEDs in place of the old lights so I just installed a plastic pipe with LEDs spiral wound around the pipe in the center. It works great. Sometimes you need to think out of the box as they say. The alternative is to get out the old daisy air rifle or sling shot and blaze away but I don't think the local authorities would appreciate that.
  25. Duke4life

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    What about the rest of your yard? What about the rest? How are you combating the light?
  26. That's SWEET!! I know ours in the cul de sac is an old HPS..looks sickly lol, maybe one day.. looks great!!
  27. How does everyone secure their wire reindeer? I've got about 9 nine. One I just picked up had a base made out of wood and seems pretty easy to then just drop some stakes in the keep from falling. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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