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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. https://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/clt/d/new-york-6-vintage-halloween-and/7018705359.html
  3. I add a light and cord to the ones I got at Kroger. They look pretty good on front porch. I am glad I zip tied them to deck. I did get the other dog one not pictured for $8 but did not have time to put him out for Halloween.
  4. Good point about thieves. I'm going to display it inside with the molds.
  5. Actually, no I didn't notice that. Thank you! Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
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  7. Menards SKU 2961616. $30. 30" it says
  8. I don’t think 40 bucks is to bad at all.
  9. Did you notice the voltage requirement? " Input voltage: 195-240V " Not usable in the US. Different design that works on universal voltage but a bit more expensive and based on the COB filament design rather than 3528 LEDs https://www.ebay.com/itm/3D-Fireworks-Bulb-G80-A60-ST64-E27-LED-Retro-Edison-Glass-Fairy-Light-Decor/143272088818?hash=item215bae94f2:m:mkymOWIpBT4tAJlFm3OcU8w
  10. I was going though my blow mold folder and came across the price of 40” tall nutcracker. On Black Friday in 2014 regular price 39.99 and on sale for 29.99 from American Sales,K-mart, garden ridge ( I bought 6 for that sale price). So it looks like for 40” tall blow mold the non-sale price went up 1 cent:)
  11. Very nice. Did you end up being able to sell this? My neighbor told me he made one years ago and it is just sitting in his barn now. He gave me 3 inflatables free last year so trying to find the right words/time to see about letting me use it in my display for his viewing pleasure. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
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  13. Looking for something interesting for the sconces outside on the garage. Not a fan of the solid red and green look. I found these on eBay, anyone have feedback? Or something different? https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F401734012600 Sent from my Moto Z (2) using Tapatalk
  14. I’ll have to go back through the pics, but it was a pallet of candles. Had a Noel candle and what looked like the Mediterranean candles. I have some replacements but buried. Got a bunch from the last time I was at GF.
  15. I wonder which candles they have. It would be nice if we could get them to make up some replacement flames and let us buy them direct. Who wouldn't like to have some extras? (I could use some standard GenFoam/Empire NOEL flames and a few GV/Poloron flames.) I'm kind of surprised that they aren't offering any other candles since candles are usually popular. TED
  16. Just curious if anyone here would pay $75 for a giant Poloron Santa with such badly damaged paint? It's probably the largest size I have seen but not the largest Santa Poloron made. Seller says 45" but blow-molded lists it at 48" tall. It's not close by (3.5 hours by car) so I wouldn't have considered it anyway.
  17. I'm not a huge fan of QVC, BUT they are big enough that they can get deals on shipping so maybe something good will happen. TED
  18. Somewhere I have a Santa face. I think it's made by Poloron. (I can't easily put my hands on it at the moment because I'm not sure exactly where it is.) When I bought it I didn't even realize what it was. It has some slight damage on it. I think I paid a dollar for it. At the time I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it but it was kind of neat and I figured that it would get thrown out if no one bought it since it was at an Estate sale. TED
  19. Please tell us about those trees behind the Grinch! That's a very interesting and curious turn of events. When inflatables first came out blowmolds really took a hit in popularity for a few years. It's kind of come full circle now. Inflatables don't seem to be as popular as they once were (probably due to the fairly short lifespan) while blowmolds have had a resurgence in popularity. (It's really unfortunate that the resurgence didn't happen sooner before most of the manufacturers went out of business. <heavy sigh>) It's very ironic that Gemmy the largest inflatable manufacturer (I think) is now apparently making the majority of the available 'molds! TED
  20. I agree with you. (I wasn't trying to knock the idea.) Somebody on here purchased about 10 or so of the molds at the Gen Foam auction with the idea of having some made. I can't remember who it was but I'm sure some of the 'molders will know. I wish we could figure out some way to get reasonable shipping rates. The shipping cost can be a deal breaker... That's a pretty cool idea! Please make sure you secure it some way so that it doesn't get stolen. Unfortunately you have to worry about scrap metal thieves in addition to regular thieves! TED
  21. That is extraordinary (not to mention HUGE)! You get a bunch of extra points (from me at least) for having a blowmold Santa, sleigh, and 9 reindeer right in the middle of it all! TED
  22. I don't know about the current season but in past years it seems like there were PCers in every episode. TED
  23. Per the press release from ABC, The Great Christmas Light Fight has been renewed for the next two years! Here is a sneak peek of this year's season. Any PlanetChristmas folks on it this year?
  24. I am very happy you got the Noel lamp. Thats a great piece!!! I hope others are able to buy the rest!
  25. I purchased one mold (Poloron Noel Lamp) from them back in July. I plan on actually displaying the mold itself this year... nice marriage of two passions, industrial history and Christmas blow molds. I think it will be awesome to show the Noel Lamps (I have 3 in great condition) right next to the actual mold they were produced in years ago. The company was great to work with, accepted a substantially lower bid, and was willing to ship it to me. So, if you want to save one like I did... go for it! Let us know which one you get.
  26. I think it would be tough but there could be money made. Things I would think about some of molds at GFP we’re in bad shape they had issues ( do not use was marked on some of them) and it’s hard for laymen to determine if it good is still good just by sight. Also the more units you produce at one time the cheaper it will be. I attached the post I made with YouTube video of Cado factory. I know ones you get mold setup correct you can make 200+ Blow molds in 8 hours. With 3 shifts working you could end up 600+ in a day. Also it looks like just mold and not set of stencil used in painting process which could be one or up to 6.
  27. There might also be a minimum quantity in order to have them made. That could make it hard to do. Imagine if you had to order 1000 to get them made. (Yikes! Storage!) That place in Memphis owns a few Grand Venture molds. They have the 37" snowman ($79.95 painted--3 styles available, $39.95 unpainted) and the Climbing Santa ($74.95 painted, $35.95 unpainted). Free shipping for orders over $109. TED They are all several thousand dollars. Yikes! https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_sofindtype=0&_byseller=1&_nkw=(blowmold%2Cblow+mold%2Cblow-mold%2Cchristmas%2Cxmas%2Cx-mas%2Challoween%2Choliday)&_in_kw=1&_ex_kw=&_sacat=0&_udlo=&_udhi=&_ftrt=901&_ftrv=1&_sabdlo=&_sabdhi=&_samilow=&_samihi=&_sadis=15&_stpos=72207-1745&_sargn=-1%26saslc%3D1&_salic=1&_fss=1&_fsradio=%26LH_SpecificSeller%3D1&_saslop=1&_sasl=Metallogics&_sop=12&_dmd=1&_ipg=50&_fosrp=1 TED
  28. I'm not a big inflatable guy but I have read in previous years about people using Scotchguard with good results. It seems to me that a Scotchguard type product would be better than spray paint for 2 reasons. It's made to use on fabric. It would be more flexible than spray paint. (I have not tried either personally.) TED
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