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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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  1. 6 points
    A pair of Poloron candy canes from 1966 that are rarely seen. There must be others out there but these are the only ones I have personally seen through the years. Mel
  2. 4 points
    A seldom seen pair of Hamilton-Skotch 38" candles. Mel
  3. 3 points
    Here is a fun sequence I just completed using xLights. Let me know what you think. https://vimeo.com/265021717
  4. 3 points
    I just saved these from being taken to the dump. There was more but I did not find out about them until some were already taken to the dump from an estate sale. They are in excellent condition for how old they are. The clear coat has yellowed over the years. After some research and speaking to the neighbor next door to the estate sale these were made some time around 1960 as he recalled. They are the Douglas Fir Plywood Association patterns that came out in 1957. It was poster paper that you glued to plywood and then clear coat it. The Santa, sleigh and reindeer are from the Douglas Fir Plywood Association promotion. I have 2 camels, one with a wise man on it that was the only pieces left from the nativity scene the estate had. The neighbor told me that there was at least 10 more pieces that were sent to the dump that the family did not want. These look like the ones from U-bild but the neighbor told me that they were made around 1960 also so not sure about them. I wish I could have saved the rest. These will be in my display this year. These are all 5 to 6 feet tall pieces. Tom
  5. 2 points
    Garage sales have started this year and Letgo has blessed us!! Does anyone know about the Dapol antern on what year it was made? I know it lights up and has the original, non safety plug . Also the candles? Year ect? Thanks J
  6. 2 points
    there are definitely some things in your pics that made my mouth water
  7. 2 points
    lol here’s some more molds I saw WAY overpriced. 99.00 for the wreath!!! There were more molds but I didn’t take pictures. But I’m going back tomorrow lol so I’ll take some pictures. I’m getting the little bunnies that go with the big ones (they weee in a different booth) There’s a santa bear with no price tag (free? lol) the angel and the pumpkin stack. Maybe a candy cane?
  8. 2 points
    A couple of newspaper ads with Union Products blow molds. The first ad is from 1972 and has Mr. Claus, Mrs. Claus and Jolly George, Union Products introduced all three as new that year. The second ad is from 1973 and has Mr. Claus, Mrs. Claus, Jolly George and Mrs. Jolly George. Mrs. Jolly George was introduced as new in 1973. They are 13" table top pieces with original first year prices for each of them. Mel Mel
  9. 1 point
    It is time to start thinking about the 11th annual Virginia Mini. In past we have quite often held it the third Saturday in May. If we stick to that date the mini will be on Saturday May 19. That date is flexible depending on availability of a meeting place. As of yet no one has offered to host the mini this year. If anyone is interested in hosting the mini now is the time to volunteer. Yes, there is some work involved in hosting the mini. You will need to secure a location and some other items needed that day. If you are interested in hosting the mini please contact me via this thread or by private message.
  10. 1 point
    Excellent job, and perfect Christmas song. ELP forever!
  11. 1 point
    Just got this guy finished up. There wasn't much left of him when I started.
  12. 1 point
    Some Frank's Nursery & Trims newspaper ads from the 12/01/68 Lansing State Journal with Hamilton-Skotch, Judith Novelty, L A Goodman and MSL Industries blow molds. Mel
  13. 1 point
    So cool to see a vintage design made modern. Great job. Tom
  14. 1 point
    Hey Wizard, the cord worked GREAT,as for the color....couldn't tell, as it was covered in snow,and at night, can't see it at all. I am going to have to build a few more, as I have aquired more candle molds yesterday and today.
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    Oh the time it must have taken to cut all that pvc and make the edges all clean. pretty cool tho! Home made elements are the best
  17. 1 point
    I got four blow molds. Empire Mr. and Mrs. Bunny GFP tombstone Empire/GFP Ghosts in Pumpkin (the first three photos are what I got) (I would’ve bought the angel and the pumpkin stack but I didn’t bring enough money)
  18. 1 point
    Always good to see molds saved from scrap. And I’m sure you’ve read they own a few of GFs molds along with Grand Venture molds Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. 1 point
    Well Mell, on a more positive note I read an update today that CADO updated their molds to include a few Gen Foam pieces, so this is good news...kinda...sorta
  20. 1 point
    Wow, everything in those pictures are amazing!
  21. 1 point
    I would get them all lolol:)
  22. 1 point
    the ever elusive peep has been on my list all year and now Easter is over lmao I can't win😂😂😂
  23. 1 point
    My mouth is watering!! I love the last pic and the PEEP's!!
  24. 1 point
    I need to send you back shopping for me lol!!!
  25. 1 point
    Well we found out who leaked the catalog cover, it was Travis Kenzig himself so now hopefully my name will be cleared of that one.
  26. 1 point
    Spring is in the air. Time to let the bunnies out
  27. 1 point
    Don, as I recall, the admins for BMN and many others left PC partially because they did not like the rules here with the censoring and deleting negative posts. Sounds like they are doing somewhat similar by shutting down comments if they don't agree with what is being said. Somewhat of a double standard they didn't like the censoring here but they do censoring there by shutting down comments. Mel
  28. 1 point
    That is a wonderful find. There is always a story when finding old vintage pieces.
  29. 1 point
    Steve, no that is not the 1973 catalog. That appears to be the one that was uploaded to BMN and I have been accused of being the one that gave it to the one that uploaded it. I had nothing to do that at all and I do not even know who the one that uploaded it is. Travis has been telling others that I did it. I am not on BMN, never have been and probably never will be, too many bad memories and accusations like that from the past with some of the ones there.
  30. 1 point
    Hey Jerry, haven't heard from ya...no need to apologize to us on here. Let's hope that everything goes well for your dad:) MANY,MANY Prayers from Big J and Family
  31. 1 point
    Hello Planet Christmas Family, Just an update on my father. We have had a MAJOR setback with him. He has been in the hospital now for 1 month. One week in the regular part of the hospital and the other 3 weeks in the long term care part of the hospital receiving IV antibiotics. He is now doing much better. Has now begin dialysis 3 times a week and is (knock on wood) being transferred to a rehab facility to work on physical therapy for 21 days. The doctors strongly recommended the rehab since he has been in the bed now for like 4 and a half weeks. Been doing some therapy in the hospital but this is going to be more intense kind of therapy. Just keep in your prayers for me and ask the Lord to heal his body and let me have my father back at least for a little while longer. Thanks all. Jerry
  32. 1 point
    Very nice! I love decorating for all seasons!
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    Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter from North Georgia
  35. 1 point
    So it's kind of a psychedelic Easter tree but I went with it lol. Last year I had them scattered throughout the yard and tree's lighted as if they were hidden. I try to doing something wierd or different fairly often. I added the bunnies the next night, the red one is slightly too bright. Here's also a photo of the March bell's (forsythia) with eggs I strung up for quick display and take down. They're from last year- I actually repainted the orange and purple eggs, which was made much easier being strung up.
  36. 1 point
    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.
  37. 1 point
    Thank you, I'm a little curious to see what it looks like without the projection lights. I'll try to add another photo tonight.
  38. 1 point
    I've been reading all the latest news about how Facebook has been sharing user information with 'suspicious actors' around the world. I've always thought it a bit creepy how only stuff I like seems to show up in my feeds. Information gathered at PlanetChristmas is not shared with any entity. That explains why you see the stuff you like as well as the stuff you don't like. Your information at PlanetChristmas is safe and secure. Now I'm starting to wonder... was life better before Twitter and Facebook?
  39. 1 point
    I’ve used one of these for four years now. Covers about a 1/4 mile radius. https://www.amazon.com/Signstek-Broadcast-Transmitter-Antenna-Fashion/dp/B00CM2VPMQ Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  40. 1 point
    Okay... slow to the finish line. Too overwhelmed last year with life. Finally started the programming for the new sequences. Here a test run!
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    dog guy? no...cat guy kinda sorta (2) funny story when we bought the house the neighborhood was kinda "rough around the edges" so on the 3rd day of moving I brought 2 large wooden crates from work and stencil painted the words LIVE REPTILES on them and let the sit in the yard......alot of onlookers left in a hurry. I love that story
  43. 0 points
    I just talked with Val at Christmas-leds.com and it with great sadness that I make this post. She did ask that no one make a post on her Facebook pages as she will see this and the replies later on. Her husband (Gray) has been fighting cancer now for a long time and it appears that he only has a very short time to live. He is on home hospice and very very weak. Please pray for her and her family as they go thru this very hard time of their life.