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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. Thanks k c for posting. My desktop has been giving me fits for months so I don,t post as much, but I still follow pic. I try to tell everyone I can about pc and all of the help it's been. I would not be able to do half of what I do if not for the patient and helpful pc members. You'll find the members can answer just about any question you have!
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  4. I finally got the blowmolds I've wanted for years just two weeks ago: the empire blowmolds train and tender. I told my wife I felt like I'd just made the Saturday night live five-timers club!
  5. Ooohh... Very nice unusual pieces! I really like the Santa sleigh. How about other people's favorites. Would love to see them!
  6. here is the half page photo the Cartersville Ga Tribune put in Sunday paper and here is the link again to the story http://www.daily-tribune.com/stories/christmas-cheer-kingston-couple-transforms-property-into-winter-wonderland,23808?fbclid=IwAR3Z_kwfNnLG86c0aQG7HTRTO_GwJNUHENLLFyM1qrF-UnJQ14l-FvPLJ34#.Xe8DaHShXzN.link
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    Well here is our story in the Sunday paper, needless to say, we are very excited about this coverage, http://www.daily-tribune.com/stories/christmas-cheer-kingston-couple-transforms-property-into-winter-wonderland,23808?fbclid=IwAR3Z_kwfNnLG86c0aQG7HTRTO_GwJNUHENLLFyM1qrF-UnJQ14l-FvPLJ34#.Xe8DaHShXzN.link
  8. I got lucky/ bought a pallet of laser lights, about $3.00 each. guess what, the transformer is the same one almost all of Gemmy small inflatables use. needless to say I have sold about 70. interesting though on these converters, both ones I bought and ones with Gemmy product, voltage varies with a volt meter, usually around 10 volts, have not had time to see it if goes up under load
  9. Here are a few of my favorites. The Season's Greetings blow mold was made by Dapol, the Santa Sleigh and Reindeer are either Lidco or Dapol and the Snowman is a complete mystery. I love that he has a carrot shaped mouth!
  10. Replacing a 12V DC converter shouldn't be a problem. You can buy a new one online from overseas vendors for less than $4 or US seller for about $7.50. That would be for a 12V 2A 24W output, plenty enough to power any blower motor. I just scavenge them from thrift stores where they rarely cost more than $2. I recently picked up a spare blower for $6 at a thrift store. It is 12W and connects directly to the wall outlet with no adapter.
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  12. Donna, Yes, I see what you are referring to, the color differences can be easy to explain, they just used a different color flame in 1990 and I assume the band is just painted different colors. They were still from the same candle mold. The two shrink wrap candles are the only candles I can think of that used that particular smooth mold.
  13. Size of a tree topper. We always used it as an angel for a nativity set. I think my grandmother got it at Ports of the World maybe in the 70s or early 80s. Her little light still works after all these years.
  14. Mel, My Empire 1990 catalog shows the colors a bit different. It shows a yellow painted swirl on the white flame and a red painted band around the bottom. The candles, as we see above, are in the 1991 catalog along with the poinsettia shrink wrapped one. Donna
  15. This inflatable was the last to go up then 3 days later it was flat on the ground. Luckily I have a similar larger Halloween version (same designer / manufacturer) so I took the adapter from it and use it to power this one. Now its up. I still don't like the blower.. 0.8a fan blowing up 6ft size. Fine when dry but it struggle to inflate and stand upright when wet. After Christmas (if it last that long), I will replace the 0.8a fan+adapter for the gemmy 1a fan+adapter.
  16. That is why I checked the part number on the Empire mold master list because I could not think of any candles that Empire made that would be smooth for the shrink wrap to fit over. Mel
  17. If I had the extra$ i wouldnt mind these
  18. Yeap. I noticed the base was different than other candles plus it had to be a smooth candle to get the wrap on. Don't see many of those.....
  19. Finally got around to making a candy cane streamer. Might add a few more candy canes.
  20. Thank you for posting the pictures of the candles, these are the first close up pictures of them that show the design that I have seen. They are so rarely seen that I had forgotten about them, like Ted I thought the flames looked like Empire but wasn't sure. I see from the Empire part number on the candle that the candle mold itself apparently was made specifically for that candle at the time as Empire calls it a "Candle with shrink sleeve" in their master list for their molds. They introduced your candle as new in 1990 with a catalog #1601 and called it a "Decorative Candle", in 1991 they made it again and they introduced another candle as new using the same candle mold but with a different shrink wrap design and gave is a catalog #1600. They called that one a "Decorative Candle (Poinsettias)". Mel
  21. They show up on eBay too. Sold in lots of 25 for $55 postpaid. https://www.ebay.com/itm/C9-Transparent-Acrylic-Multicolor-FlexFilament-TM-LED-Bulbs/302855105814?hash=item4683922d16:g:m28AAOSwR7BbfivB It looks like the two sites you listed only sell to professionals. Note that the base on these is E17 so be sure that is what you have on any light strings you may wish to retrofit.
  22. Im curious about the angel. Is it a tree topper or is it bigger?
  23. It certainly is possible to run the cords internally and out the bottom of the candy cane. After reading the above post I went back to my candy cane and ran the cord out the bottom. There is a hole in the center of the base that will accommodate the cord. I had already converted mine to 12V DC LEDs and didn't like the way the cord looked hanging off the side of the candy cane. It's much cleaner with it inside. If you wish to use the original lamp holders you would have to be ready to cut the wires and splice them together again. I used fishing line with a strong neodymium magnet that would fit through the opening in the base to pull the wires through. I used a second cord with more magnets to attract the line to each opening in the side of the candy cane. It's not the easiest thing to handle the large blow mold. I probably spent 20 minutes on it.
  24. I am loving the new LED C9's that are flexible filament lights. These have finally excited me after all the many quality LED offerings. They finally look like the true incandescent that I use. I've seen the Wintergreen options: https://wintergreencorp.com/p/c9-shatterproof-warm-white-flexfilament-led-bulbs-15522.htm#F23V396 And the Holiday Bright Lights options: https://www.hblonlinestore.com/category-s/208.htm Are there any other vendors selling these?
  25. There is a pair of them on Mercari also $325😳😳 Those are COOL!!! Looks to be one in the same...
  26. Thank you again for all the kind words! TED, this is the first year I’ve had the reindeer off the ground and I was happy with how it all turned out. We have a very steep roof and inconveniently placed trees, so stakes in the ground seemed like my best bet. I did have to drill holes in the deer which I had been very reluctant to do before. The shrink wrapped candles are by Empire. I love how detailed the little scenes are and the coloring of the flames. I don’t buy many molds on eBay but when I saw these last summer I couldn’t resist. (I paid $64 for the pair in case anyone is curious. Also, one of them is damaged where the flame meets the candle.) That mark, if it’s not clear enough, reads: 024635, Empire, Tarboro, NC, Made in the USA I didn’t know much else about them until another pair showed up on eBay recently. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F223743230471 The posting seems outrageous but it includes an image from Empire’s 1991 catalog, which supposedly was the only year they were produced. (Photo credit: eBay user michael.kratochvil) I hope this is helpful. I’ll be curious to see what additional information turns up.
  27. Wow, 65 pounds for each half! That's pretty heavy. Sure, I will post some pics. I just need to unpack my indoor decorations. I decorated outside, but not inside yet.
  28. Yes, I have both sides but the back isn't very interesting to look at so I don't put it out. Each half weighs about 65 pounds. It is a beast! Can you post a few pics of your favorites?
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