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  • 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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  • 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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still here....just taking a break before the next push.  Only 308 days til Christmas (about 270 til display goes back up!).

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I'm still hanging around. I stop in several times a week to see what new things I can learn. Sorry I'm not a big poster but I'm here often.

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Just joined this past fall and enjoy coming on here once or twice a week to see updates and info

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On 2/16/2018 at 3:21 PM, Mel Fischer said:

One of the first things this group needs is for people to post and not just sit back, lurk and glean the forum for what might be here and never say anything.  You have done your share of posting and I thank you for that but there are many others that I know of who have done nothing but lurk (some often and others occasionally) for years.  There are several of the PC old timers that went to Facebook that lurk here at least occasionally but never post anymore.  The forum can only be as good as the people who post here.

Mel

 

 

Could you post a picture of the plaque I would love to see it?

Mel

Mel,

Nothing special.  but it will be cool to hang in the garage.

Steve

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Thanks for posting the picture, kind of neat memento of a company that after 60 years will no longer exist.

Mel

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I'm one of those that took a break the last few months. Learned a lot and built up a pretty big blow mold display. Big for me anyway. Then I switched to focusing on my indoor display and spent my time on FB groups.

I'm back on here now and will be more often as I start thinking about my display next year.

Though I have to say, I really, really do not like this new layout. I usually am all for change, but this last one is not my favorite.

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On 2/20/2018 at 2:27 PM, Mel Fischer said:

Thanks for posting the picture, kind of neat memento of a company that after 60 years will no longer exist.

Mel

Thanks @Mel Fischer. It is a neat memento. I really miss going to GFP next year. My wife and I got married six years ago and that is when we started going as a family and got into collecting and decorating for Christmas. GFP will always be a huge part of my family's Christmas.

 

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all right i got guilted into registering not just a lurcher any more... better look out here i come

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Good to see someone new, I think people are probably getting bored with my ramblings and want some new blood in here.

Mel

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Hey Mel, I wish that Chuck would have done a 1 on 1 with you. I would LOVE to see the collection of molds you have. Getting the knowledge you have would be super vauluable. I, myself,don't think for a second you ramble on. The new blood isn't as knowledgeable...jmo

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Personally...what let the air out of my tires...(previously member minnesnowta before being gagged) was the planet christmas 'play nice' rules...and how they were interpreted and administered.  For example...I remember reading one thread...by a member who did  lot of blowmold repaints. This particular member made an effort to strip and re-paint a blowmold similar to factory standards...complete with over spray, runs, and lack of detail. Okay...thats fine. To each his own. In a polite way i commented that it seemed like a lot of time to spend repainting a blowmold and then have the end result look like a basic rushed assembly line paint job.  A fair observance in my opinion.  Of course this set the guy off.  Then im getting private warnings from the admin.

Next...a year? later...a widely accepted and loved member who was known to have asbergers...posted somethng. I posted something in return which was a dry but fairly obvious attempt at good natured humor...and of course the PC police jumped all over me.  The police actions,  peoples thin skin and knee jerk tantrums and running off to the mod with a complaint finally got the best of me.   There were too many teachers pets, with preferential treatment, the discussions were mostly 'look what i bought'...'hey, great find, wish i could find blowmolds like that', and not enough 'fun' discussions...and God forbid that there was ever a disagreement or differing opinion. We were all expected to be happy robots with big smiles and heads nodding in happy affirmation of everything.  

Roll foreward a few years...and i find a graveyard of a forum. Apparently most people have gone somewhere else.

(edits..correkt speling airrors)

 

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On 3/1/2018 at 8:46 PM, Mel Fischer said:

Good to see someone new, I think people are probably getting bored with my ramblings and want some new blood in here.

Mel

Mel,

I'm a newbie here. I don't post much because I have little to say. You learn by keeping your mouth shut and ears open. So I lurk. And I listen- to guys like you. I don't see the point of posting when you don't have anything to say. It's like posts where someone says- "Does anybody know . . .?" and you have to wade through a bunch of "No, I don't." replies.

I have several  hobbies and over the years been on many boards for those hobbies. I have found that every hobby has one guy who knows most everything (and I do not mean that sarcastically). They are the "gurus" of the hobby. But they are different personalities, often with quirks like being secretive, unfriendly, intolerant, impatient and somethings downright nasty. I'm a newbie but already I see you as the guru of this hobby, the go to guy, willing to teach and to share. Not all gurus are like that. When I posted my lantern question you told me all you knew (which to me was a lot) AND you posted pictures, pictures of things you must have put a lot of time and effort into finding. You shared and I really appreciated that! A lot of gurus I've met never share what they have, they hog and hoard citing the reason (notice I don't say excuse because their reason is valid) that what they post is taken by others and used without their permission. Having run a web site I understand the problem and their concerns.

But I'm getting off course and beginning to "ramble." But you, Mel, you just keep "rambling". I don't see it as rambling I see it as sharing what you know, what you worked hard for years to amass, learn and teach to us newbies. Keep rambling, Mel, cause I'm all ears. Thanks for sharing.

BTW- my web site (inactive for technical reasons) is www.POLICENY.com . And I'm posting a photo of my other hobby of which some of my friends consider me to be the "go to guy."

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On 3/5/2018 at 2:00 PM, Scrooge said:

Personally...what let the air out of my tires...(previously member minnesnowta before being gagged) was the planet christmas 'play nice' rules...and how they were interpreted and administered.  . . . .

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 .

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6 hours ago, bbskip said:

Mel,

I'm a newbie here. I don't post much because I have little to say. You learn by keeping your mouth shut and ears open. So I lurk. And I listen- to guys like you. I don't see the point of posting when you don't have anything to say. It's like posts where someone says- "Does anybody know . . .?" and you have to wade through a bunch of "No, I don't." replies.

I have several  hobbies and over the years been on many boards for those hobbies. I have found that every hobby has one guy who knows most everything (and I do not mean that sarcastically). They are the "gurus" of the hobby. But they are different personalities, often with quirks like being secretive, unfriendly, intolerant, impatient and somethings downright nasty. I'm a newbie but already I see you as the guru of this hobby, the go to guy, willing to teach and to share. Not all gurus are like that. When I posted my lantern question you told me all you knew (which to me was a lot) AND you posted pictures, pictures of things you must have put a lot of time and effort into finding. You shared and I really appreciated that! A lot of gurus I've met never share what they have, they hog and hoard citing the reason (notice I don't say excuse because their reason is valid) that what they post is taken by others and used without their permission. Having run a web site I understand the problem and their concerns.

But I'm getting off course and beginning to "ramble." But you, Mel, you just keep "rambling". I don't see it as rambling I see it as sharing what you know, what you worked hard for years to amass, learn and teach to us newbies. Keep rambling, Mel, cause I'm all ears. Thanks for sharing.

BTW- my web site (inactive for technical reasons) is www.POLICENY.com . And I'm posting a photo of my other hobby of which some of my friends consider me to be the "go to guy."

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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

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On 3/11/2018 at 8:09 PM, Mel Fischer said:

 

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

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. 

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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!

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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!!!

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