Jump to content
Did you know?
  • 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.

All Activity

This stream auto-updates     

  1. Today
  2. General Foam Auction Tarboro

    In 2007 or 2008 Harold Featherstone told me that Faster Form sold over half the Union Products molds for scrap and some that they kept they only had half the mold. I have a newspaper interview with Don Featherstone that I need to find, the article states that UP made as many as 800 different products at the time. By the time Cado bought the UP name and molds a May 3, 2010 article stated "Cado Products Inc. of Fitchburg, Mass., purchased the intellectual property rights to the pink flamingo, as well as more than 200 blow molds and injection molds that had once been used by Union Products Inc." So apparently only about 25% of the original 800 different molds still existed when Cado purchased the UP name and molds from Faster Form, also, how many of the molds are lawn and garden and how many are holiday? That is a question that Cado will probably not answer for us.
  3. General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Yes that is correct. I’m not exactly sure how many molds of the nutcracker they had. I’m just telling you what the VP of Cado told me at the GF auction. He was interested in GFs, but the way they done the auction screwed over his plans to try and get it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Sounds like they may make them? I have 29 of them, want more!!
  5. General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Im guessing that there was more than 1 Union Nutcracker mold in existence and used in production. Right? Does anyone know for sure? 'If' there was only one Union nutcracker mold, and if what is stated by Richard is 100% factual...then there will never again be a Union nutcracker produced. Am i getting this right?
  6. Yesterday
  7. 11th Annual Virginia Mini

    3rd weekend in May would work well for me. I could likely come up with a facility down my way (Gloucester or Deltaville) if people want to travel this way - I'd have to check on the availability of the facilities I'm connected to. But I really like the RVA location as being very central to get the most people involved.
  8. LIGHT UP OHIO 2018

    Light Up Ohio 2018 is happy to announce a Holiday Lighting Symposium will be held on Friday May11th, from 12noon-4pm, at the Worthington Northwest Library. This will be an open type discussion addressing all facets of Holiday decorating and lighting. Robert Vanorsdale and Clyde Lindsey, from Pixel Pro Displays, will be your moderators. They will talk about the Tricks of the Trade, Xlights Tips, Prop selection/placement, and other techniques to make your display the best it can be. Also, they will open up the discussion to answer all of your questions about your own display. Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to get all of your questions answered, and to share with other Lighting Enthusiasts, in a one on one relaxed atmosphere. You must be registered for the Saturday Main Event to attend.
  9. LED Icicle Blow Out! 70% off 5 case pack

    Time Left: 5 days and 18 hours

    • For Sale
    • New

    We have a lot on hand and need to move them out to have more space. No Limit set. Get them while they last. Buy for future project. These are perfect Premium Lights. Each are 9.5' long 5 pack of LED Icicles for $14.99 - That's $3.00.ea Click Here! Thanks, Darryl


  10. General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Would love to see the Union Red Christmas Doll Come Back.. I wonder if the scrapper has the choir boy/girl mold? I hope they survive!
  11. Last week
  12. Excellent job, and perfect Christmas song. ELP forever!
  13. 2018 Annual Pacific NW CLAP Mtg

    We are about as set as we can be for this weekend. Special thanks to Eric Foley and the new Firehouse. They have pushed to get things ready for us, and even in its somewhat incomplete state, the pictures look amazing. I cant wait to see it in person. I still contend that we have the best venue in the entire country for our Mini, and moving from the Lake House to the Sound House will not disappoint. Eric and his wife Jennifer are setting this up as a “Dinner Destination” venue. On hand is the fire engine and car collection of the Foley’s. There is only a handful of us who have seen the Car Barn in years past, and now you all will get a chance to see this. The Foley’s have been extremely gracious over the years with hosting this event with Brother Gary always assisting. For those who have RSVP’d, thank you. It is still not too late to decide to come. Special thanks to those presenting our agenda this year: Lowell Fuher – Group Roundtable Discussion – Attention to Details Jay Danielson – Cheap E131 Wireless Pete Peters – AFCI vs GFCI Avoiding December Meltdowns Kevin Thomas & Darren Huffty – LOR S5 Pete Peters - Power Injection Steve Garrett – E131 Wireless Update Our Sponsors do an amazing job supporting us. Please support them, and when you interact with them, thank them for taking the time to send us goodies as giveaways. Lori's Lighted D’Lites Christmas Expo Reinders Holiday Technologies Winklebottoms Wireframes 3G Lighting Creations Demented Elf SanDevices Pixel Controllers Advatek Lighting Christmas-LEDs Crockett Family of Lights HiTech Lights PixelController.com (Falcon) Creative Display's Boscoyo Studios Evergreen Church Lowell, Kevin, myself and the gang are looking forward to a fun filled day. See you all Saturday.
  14. Difference between smart rgb strips and node

    You Tube is a great place to see the differences between strips and nodes. Tom
  15. Difference between smart rgb strips and node

    Hello again all. I am trying to find some different pictures to show to the family to determine what kind of lighting effect we would like to have on our house. First off - I will be going smart rgb. The question is what type of smart rgb do we want to go with? Can anyone provide the different types along with what they look like on the display? Thanks for the assistance.
  16. Roof light clips

    Do you mean up and down from the roof to the ground? If so I am not sure but I think you would use hooks
  17. Roof light clips

    Sorry to hear of the unexpected damage to your house. I don't have a suggestion on specific clips. I do applaud your thinking and suggest you add a couple of permanent anchors so you can be safe up there. If nothing else pops up, I would think some large diameter eye hooks might work. I was envisioning running pieces of 1/2" pvc through them to create a base to connect everything else to.
  18. Roof light clips

    So I have to get the front side of my House's roof redone because of a tornado and I'm wondering what types of Clips I should install on the peak of my roof so I can run lights up and down across the whole house. Any suggestions?
  19. Roof light clips

    So I have to get the front side of my House's roof redone because of a tornado and I'm wondering what types of Clips I should install on the peak of my roof so I can run lights up and down across the whole house. Any suggestions?
  20. 11th Annual Virginia Mini

    Oh no. I had a great time at the Expo with everyone. I love Q&A sessions. It's a way we all can learn. If I make it up there to one... I may have to take you up on that offer. But... I'll probably have one in my neck of the woods for everyone in this region.
  21. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    Looked like a horror movie prop in the before photo. I would have never known it was a Hamberger piece, at least as a rookie. Restore looks great.
  22. 11th Annual Virginia Mini

    William, I met you last summer in Tenn. at Christmas EXPO where you were teaching a class on over the top displays. I am the one who asked the question what did your new wife think of your massive hobby. I got a good laugh. I have followed you from Christmas Carolina to your giant Park display for the fire dept. and your talent and imagination is unbelievable.. There are about 20-25 of us who have been meeting in Ashland Va. and Richmond Va. for the last four years. Matt has been renting for 5 dollars a person a private school gym just off I-95 in Ashland. Every year we look for new opportunity to find a new host. We have had three members compete and two members win the great Christmas Light Fight. Most members drive less than two and one half hours We all bring food ,enjoy a great lunch share a few videos give some big hugs and by four we are heading for home. I worry that you are over four hours west from central Va .William you are more than welcome to stay with me in Fredericksburg if you come to Ashland. Andy I am hoping i haven't chased William back to NC.
  23. Time Left: 3 days and 5 hours

    • For Sale
    • New

    Hello! I have 16 LOR controllers for sale or trade. I am entertaining all offers. Please feel free to text or call at 559-213-5197. Thanks for looking and Merry Christmas!!!


  24. General Foam Auction Tarboro

    Cado did in fact purchase the soldier from GF along with the Mrs. Claus, penguin, some candles and the Nativity and dancing Santa. Right now, the molds that Cado didn’t get are still sitting in Tarboro. But my understanding is a scrapper purchased them however from my understanding he is looking into having them produced. Also Cado confirmed with me that they only got 75% of Unions molds. The rest were scrapped. Including the Union Nutcracker. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. My Love For Hamberger Displays

    Just got this guy finished up. There wasn't much left of him when I started.
  26. 1968 Frank's Nursery & Trims

    I miss Franks So Much ! They always had a great selection of Lights and decorations for Christmas.
  27. Here is a fun sequence I just completed using xLights. Let me know what you think. https://vimeo.com/265021717
  1. Load more activity