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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.
  • 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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    Years ago the skull with candle used to show up occassionally on eBay but I have not seen it available anywhere for a few years now. It would be nice to know what the maker called it, that might make it possible to find more information on it. Richway only called it a skull. Mel
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    Hey Everyone, sorry I missed it but it looks like you guys had a good time. I will make sure to be there next year and hope to have some good pictures and video of our display. Al
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    The food was great as always and thank you Andy and Matt for hosting this Va. mini once again. See everyone next year.
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    I wish I could go...only 15hrs away lolol... I would like a crack shot at painting one, to my liking..
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    I wish I could!! I started painting unpainted last year after reading how to strip one on this site and love doing it now.
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    Monday, June 25. Tarboro plant. Nothing exciting but unpainted stuff, but those who go should have fun. I will not be there Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Got to bring my father home yesterday after 98 days in the hospital since February 7 of this year. The sad thing is that we came home under hospice care. With my fathers age and health problems there is nothing more than can do for him. He made the decision to do this because he is tired of fighting. With this decision means no more dialysis so it will not take long foe the enevitable to happen. Thank you all for all of the thoughts and prayers you have lifted up for my father. Please just keep my family in your prayers, especially my mom. They were married 55 years back on March 17. There is a lot of love there and she will be lost without him. Thanks Planet Christmas Family, Jerry
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    I always watch for this skull candle and I have only seen it on ebay 1 time. Thanks Mel.......It's been years since I last saw this skull on ebay.
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    Donna, At this time I do not have any information on the Skull Candle blow mold other then Richway in Atlanta GA sold it in 1975 for $1.99. They also sold the "Owl coming out of pumpkin" for the same price. Mel
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    That’s what we are trying to figure out. It’s a mystery. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk A cute mold for sure. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    The Untold History of Christmas Lights The probability of many knowing the history of Christmas lights would be considered low and this blog aims to throw light on the history of Christmas light. To kick off, Christmas lights have always been a part of Christmas decoration and there is no denial about it. It was Thomas Edison who played a major role in these decorative lights. Edison’s Christmas Light Show In the year 1880, Edison had already figured out incandescent light bulbs and was watching for a innovative and exceptional idea to advertise them. So, he took his chances and displayed them outside his Menlo Park laboratory compound so that passersby would notice them. Edward Johnson, a student of Edison, two years later displayed the first electrically illuminated Christmas lights at his home in Manhattan. This 80-light display featured red, white, and blue lights wrapped around a Christmas tree for visitors and friends to admire. Though we consider them as decorative items, back then Christmas trees were lit by candles and they posed serious hazards and fire risks and so is the reason people used to watch over their Christmas trees from outside to ensure that their houses don’t get burned from these candles in the Christmas trees. By the year 1908 insurance companies refused to pay for the claims made for Christmas tree fires as there were numerous of them. Later it was decided that tying candles to these dry Christmas trees posed a severe threat to many and branded unsafe. To replace these candles, people began following Edison’s idea of using incandescent bulbs around their Christmas tree for their illumination needs. These bulbs were perfect for decorations but then it too had its cons and posed a threat as these bulbs got too hot and the sparks from these bulbs would burn the Christmas trees in a matter of seconds. During this time, people began to use incandescent bulbs for their Christmas tree and outside house for their lighting needs. These Christmas lights were far from perfect since incandescent light bulbs can get adequately hot, and the sparks from the faulty strings can still light up a tree in a matter of time. The Dawn of Christmas Lights Eight years after the purchase of patent rights to Edison’s light bulbs by GE (General Electric), the first known advertisement for Christmas tree lights appeared in the Scientific American Magazine. The ad also suggested people to rent these Christmas lights are they were expensive. As the demand grew, fifteen other companies started selling their own Christmas lights. All these companies in 1925, formed a consortium that would be known as NOMA Electric Corporation, the largest Christmas light manufacturer in the world. The surprising thing about NOMA was that, even though it was formed three years prior to The Great Depression, they managed to pull through as their appeal was enormous. To make Edison’s vision come true, they worked hard to become the world’s biggest manufacturer of the bubble light. The lights featured a liquid, usually methylene chloride (a chemical with a very low boiling point), that could fizz and flicker just like the traditional candle that it was meant to replace. Popular Christmas Lights Christmas lights are probably the most important decorative item in any home which celebrates Christmas. Here are few Christmas light choices for you to choose from. Incandescent Lights - The mother of all Christmas lights and there is no doubt about it. The usage of these bulbs is considerably low, the technology remains practically the same. Yet the celebrate the kickoff, we Trinity Christmas have limited incandescent lights to offer. C7 And C9 Lights - Known for their bright and long-lasting nature, these C7 And C9 lights are the most popular holiday lighting options. The C7 lights are 2 inches long and the C9 lights are 3 inches long and they both come in various styles and colours. These bulbs can be fastened separately into the sockets. Browse our selection of C7 and C9 lights for your holiday season. Mini Lights - These mini lights are very attractive and most traditional lights for holiday season and tend to go well with LED lights. These lights are perfect for hanging around railings, displaying on the front stoop, rolling around trees … Trinity Christmas offers you a variety of lights for you to choose from. 5MM LED Lights – Small in size, these LED lights produce bright and consistent light output and is best recommended for indoor and outdoor displays. They are the best ones to hang around Christmas trees. Net Lights – Net lights are the easiest way to decorate bushes, shrubs outside your home. As the name suggests, the lights are a net-like pattern, so they can be draped easily over large objects. Looking for more Christmas decorations for your holiday season? Trinity Christmas offers a variety of decorative items you could choose from.
  12. 1 point
    Yes thank you!!! Let’s hope more get saved then scrapped!
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    Your pumpkins were made by Tico Toys. The one with the battery holder is their #4501 Giant 7" "Lite-Up" Pumpkin. They also made a #4321 Senior 5" "Lite-Up" Pumpkin with diamond shaped eyes and a #4791 Jumbo 10" "Lite-Up" Pumpkin. The other pumpkin looks to be their #450 Giant 7" Pumpkin. They are from the late 60's & early 70's. The lite-up pumpkin takes a GE or Westinghouse #123 bulb or equivalent and should take a C battery. Mel
  15. 1 point
    They also made the lollypop in two sizes, 33" and 52" , both sizes in red and green.
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    Winning bidder was in fact a scrapper. He has someone who is looking to buy a bunch from him. He told me he’s looking to sell some and scrap some. Time will tell. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    They did make the green ones but they are a lot harder to fined, I have 30 red and 20 green in my collection
  18. 1 point
    Try searching Stadium Horns, maybe you could use one of these......
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    We had an excellent mini yesterday. Thank you to our sponsors Light O Rama, Creative Displays, Christmas Done Bright, Christmas Light Emporium and Paul Glancy.
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    Is there anyone else from the Hampton Roads area going to the Mini tomorrow?
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    Below are Easter bunnies that Garden Ridge put out a few years ago in Georgia. The large ones I think was 29.99 or 39.99 and small bunny was 19.99.
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    I’ll happily shine light for everyone. I was in person for the auction and boy what an experience to be in the plant that made all our blow molds. I even met the Vice President/owner of Cado. That was even better! He purchased the SB Mrs. Claus, 28” Empire/GFP Nativity, and the lot of unmarked candles. Before the auction he purchased the soldier, penguin and the famous dancing Santa. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Do miss the old days. So much going on back then that I never let a day go by without checking in.