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  • 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.
  • 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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  2. 2018 Annual Pacific NW CLAP Mtg

    An Update for the Pac NW CLAP Sorry for the lack of communication. Been a busy year already. We are all set for Saturday April 21st. Set Up Party and Pizza Feast on Friday April 20th. Pizza Feast Venue is TBD an update will follow As usual bring anything you want to trade or sell for the Swap Meet The location of this years meeting is at Eric Foley's: 2825 Fishtrap Loop NE Olympia, WA 98506 Set Up on Friday starts at Noon CLAP on Saturday starts at 8m This is still a free event to attend. We do however need RSVP's to plan for lunch. The Agenda is as follows Group Round Table Discussion What worked, what didn't What do you want to share What questions do you have to ask Attention to Details E1.31 Wireless Overall Options Steve Garrett Update Power Injection How to prevent those December meltdown blues (AFCI's) LOR S5 Please respond that you plan to come, another update will follow listing sponsors and Pizza Venue.
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  4. RED C6 leds

    Time Left: 5 days and 16 hours

    • Wanted
    • Used

    Looking for a deal on red C6 led strings that someone is changing out from props etc, prefer 100ct inbox what ya have, possible trade of some sort on new in box BIG BULBS Blow molds from General Foam. Picture for reference


  5. Everything has a reason

    Can’t wait to see your display this year! (I can’t even wait to see my own display!)
  6. Easter

    Spring is in the air. Time to let the bunnies out
  7. Everything has a reason

    Yes sir, that's it, and to add to the post, I have found 10 deer for the 2018 season (9 grand venture/empire mix) and 1 of the goofy deer (often called the butt dear) so Claude will make his debut this year!!!!
  8. Easter Set-up

    How do you weigh down the eggs so that don’t blow away?
  9. Easter Set-up

    Sharing my Easter set-up on here. I got these Union eggs from my Sister in-law's father who has passed away. he had a big Easter set-up every year for friends and family. I got my big and little Easter bunnies at GFP this fall. I was pretty excited because my parents had a bunny (don't recall what it looks like or from who) but I stole it my senior year in HS to put in our theater dressing room for shits and giggles. Never put it back and I always felt bad. Because I wish I still had it. Anyways, its not much but I like it.
  10. Easter Set-up

    Sharing my Easter set-up on here. I got these Union eggs from my Sister in-law's father who has passed away. he had a big Easter set-up every year for friends and family. I got my big and little Easter bunnies at GFP this fall. I was pretty excited because my parents had a bunny (don't recall what it looks like or from who) but I stole it my senior year in HS to put in our theater dressing room for shits and giggles. Never put it back and I always felt bad. Because I wish I still had it. Anyways, its not much but I like it.
  11. About and hour and 10 for me,not sure what I would do with 100 wreathes..I did look on gov.deals and would love those wooden cutouts in Texas.. those I would use.
  12. Did Everybody Quit PC?

    I have said before, a one on one with Mel would be great. The knowledge he has would be a blessing to have. Ramble on Mel, I do ALSO enjoy your knowledge!!!
  13. Color motion LED

    Time Left: 27 days and 6 hours

    • For Sale
    • New

    Two boxes, one lot, of LED icicles. Starts as all one color (red, green, blue, etc). then starts to flash all colors. The second pic shows how awesome the blue color is. These boxes have never been used. There are 24 icicles per box, and the icicles are 2 sizes. Would like to get 30.00 per box. Will consider some kind of trade. Selling off my lights because I have moved and don't have the structure (small house, one tree, etc) that I used to have. email: [email protected]


  14. Color-changing light show

    Time Left: 26 days and 21 hours

    • For Sale
    • Used

    11 boxes, one lot, of LED color-changing lights. The colors cycle through as all one color, first red, green, blue, etc. Then, they flash two colors at the same time, then, all colors at the same time. There are 12 bulbs to a box. Some boxes have been used for one season, and some are brand new, never having been used. If interested, my email is [email protected]


  15. 150 LED Dual Color lights

    Time Left: 26 days and 21 hours

    • For Sale
    • New

    For sale, one lot (7 boxes) of LED C3 lights. You can choose from steady white, steady all color, or alternating between white and color. These lights have never been used. 150 lights per string, and when in color mode, they are really beautiful. I'm asking $77. for all 7 boxes. Lights do have female ends. Total length for each box is 38 ft. If interested, please email me.


  16. Did Everybody Quit PC?

    I too am one of those people who love's Mel's history lessons. I am not into blowmolds really, but I do have a G.F. nativity that light up in sequence with a large "book" I made. I have family in the Norfolk area, so I am sad to see them shutdown. I have moved on from PC for the most part, but the posts I do click on when I come here are ones that I think Mel is involved in. Thanks Mel! Sent from my SM-G955U using Tapatalk
  17. Bama, Bronner's does still make their Exclusive Lifesize Nativity. Only the figures are from the 1960's redesign, which are what most of mine are. I do have a few of their vintage figures from molds that were destroyed in a fire in the late 1950's. Craigslist is a wonderful thing. Below is a link to their website. It is VERY expensive if you get it from them, but you can always buy in sets, or be lucky and find things on Craigslist as I did. Bronner's Exclusive Lifesize Nativity - Natural Finish
  18. Did Everybody Quit PC?

    Nonsense Mel, Ramble on!!! I have soaked in more knowledge and a new found respect for blow molds (formerly known as "old timey, tacky decorations, and a laundry list of other names) since I have been following your posts about molds. I now take great pride in the ones I have, their history and their memories the older ones hold, and the memories I'll make with my newer ones, so that being said....Ramble on.
  19. still at $10. a hundred wreaths, only 2 days left. what a deal if I was closer
  20. pretty good selection hope some are close to you https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.AdvSearchResultsNew&kWord=christmas&whichForm=vehicle&searchPg=Main
  21. Well, Here I am again with a few wiper motors, deer motors and lumber but no idea on what to build! I have to confess that I pretty much try to copy whatever Dano or others have done (i have next to no imagination!) Anyone have any ideas?
  22. Did Everybody Quit PC?

    I really don't know what to say other then THANK YOU for the kind words, I really do appreciate them. It is a lot of work as you know and my main goal has always been to share and try to help educate others about the history of the different holiday blow molds along with some of the miscellaneous other blow molds. I have spent thousands of hours and thousands of dollars through the years to gain what blow mold knowledge I have and still there is so much I do not know about them, fortunately during the past couple of weeks I have gained new knowledge on some blow molds from the 60's that I have searched for many years and at this time I would like to publicly say Thank You Richard for the information. He shared the information out of kindness. Now I will stop rambling on.... Mel
  23. Nice LED bulbs

    I love LED bulbs too, but did try a couple of these in my larger blow molds that take C7. $1 each at Ollies sorry for picture quality or lack of there of.
  24. Thanks for the reply. It seems they did make their own designs,but used GP add ons like the lantern and candles. I was going though the older municipal decorations forum just to check out the older info and look at the great pictures,and they were mentioned by someone and I never really heard about them.Of course,there are several I never heard about.Seems alot of these companies where regional. There were alot of distrubutors,but they only sell what the other companies makes.I was looking at the companies that actually made the decorations. I was specifically looking to see who made what in the blowmold a vacucell. I picked up several bells that where about the size of the GP ones, (17") but didn't have the design on them,and was just wonder who might have made them. I know a few others were said to make their own lanterns as well.
  25. Did Everybody Quit PC?

    Dear Mr. Scrooge, (Bob Crachit would never address you as just "Scrooge.") I'll start off by saying this is not an "argument" or "fight" here, just a friendly point of opinion. I read your post with interest. As I said in my previous reply to Mel I've been in several hobbies over the years and been on as least as many boards. Some of those boards did not have a "friendly" policy in fact some actually encouraged tension on the board. My experience with those boards were that they shrunk and kept new blood out, blood that could have contributed a lot. In one case the owner of the board apparently could dish it out but couldn't take it and actually abandoned the board. So I agree that the "friendly" way is the only way to go especially on a board like "Planet CHRISTMAS" (my emphasis on Christmas). I don't think I've read any of your posts so I can't comment on your comment style. I'm not one to walk away from a discussion even if it gets heated, I think discussion is good, if you can't take the heat stay out of the kitchen. But one thing I have learned over the years is that Internet board posting is different. Someone once taught me you can pretty much say anything to anyone if you do it with a smile on your face. But Emoticons be damned you cannot read another persons demeanor on the Internet, there is no way you can see that smile when someone posts on a board. I recently got into a fight with a friend because he kiddingly posted something about me on a board. The problem was that I WAS sensitive to the issue for reasons he did not know about or could have understood and that he was kidding me on a public forum where there were others who did not know us and who could have perceived the post as him insulting me and me backing down from it. Yes, we patched things up but not before they got out of hand on the board and that should have never had happened. The other members of the board probably were made uncomfortable about it, I know at least one member was and spoke to me about it. I don't know why the moderator didn't step in, maybe he should have. In any event we are all different personalities, some thick skinned, some thin skinned, and we all have different posting styles. The problem is that when posting on the Internet it is too easy for those personalities to not understand each other, misunderstand each other and to clash. For that reason I understand why moderators have to review, interpret and moderate posts as they deem necessary. I've had posts removed on other boards and after I thought about it I could see their thoughts why .
  26. LIGHT UP OHIO 2018

    Registration for LUO 2018 is now open... http://luo2018.whindo.com/event/default.aspx?lock=2443480-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0&key=a02374cd0ef4e13 We are having the Meet & Greet Friday Evening 6pm @ Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill. If you planning on coming, we ask that you register, so that we can give the restaurant a more accurate count of how many people are coming. Remember, this is a Friday evening and they are quite busy at dinner time!!http://meet-greet2018.whindo.com/event/default.aspx
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