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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.
  • 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. 3 points
    My dad got to come home today from the hospital. Was so relieved when the doctor came in and said he could come home. Also told us that the pathology report said that he his cancer free now and all of the cancer was removed during the surgery. Thank you all for the prayers that you all offered up on his behalf. Don't know what I would do without all of you- my Planet Christmas family. I will keep you updated on his progress. 🙂
  2. 3 points
    Here are some pics of the 2017 display. Some things I wanted to do never got done, due to time. I wasn’t able to start until it was already October. Many, many improvements already underway for 2018. Also, I do realize I’m wildly late to post this. My apologies I was going to upload videos as well, but can’t seem to figure it out
  3. 2 points
    Hey Planet Christmas Family, Just an UPDATE on my father. We go tomorrow (Wednesday, February 7, 2018) at 10:30 a.m. for surgery on my father. He is going to have the whole bladder and prostate out at the same time. The doctor says the operation will last 5-6 hours, and there will be two doctors in the operating room when it is done. Just please keep him in your prayers tomorrow if you will. Ill keep you all posted on his progress. Thanks for all of the previous thoughts and prayers. Jerry
  4. 2 points
    Well my first year turned out pretty good. No real issues with the lights or controllers. I had 2yars to put this together due to missing 2016 Christmas in Afghanistan but I think it turned out pretty good. Here is one video and a link to my YouTube channel if you want to see more. I really need to work on my videos they didn't turn out as good as I wanted (I guess I shouldn't wait till the last night to record something). https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJAoYbbRfsqTwAslK42UyZQ
  5. 2 points
    The large Aluminum mold are used in the mold machine like #24 or #28 (Milacron) in the above flyer. Hears a link to a YouTube using a large blow mold machine that is very similar.
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    Auction Flyer https://secure-s3.serverdata.com/www.cia-auction.com/files/auction_brochures/General_Foam_v3.pdf
  7. 2 points
    When I was at the plant I noticed a lot of items that have not been sold in a few years. I made a list of the ones I picked up. I also include some pictures. List of some of blow molds I picked up at GFC Norfolk Halloween: 23” light up pumpkin H7009 36” light up slim pumpkin H7077 36” Light up Vampire H2202 Light up bat H1074 Ghost pail with handle H1280 **************************************** Christmas: 40” Deluxe Standing Shepherd C61810 Deluxe Nativity Wisemen C61820 25X40” Deluxe Camel C61840 40” Nostalgic Traditional Santa C5990 ************************************* Easter: 28” Pink Peep Bunny EP5528
  8. 2 points
    Same here. Steel cable. Mine were from tree to tree though but held up fine.
  9. 1 point
    Not a very good quality picture but here are a few early day Carolina Enterprises blow molds from 1968. Did you know that Carolina Enterprises originally moved to Tarboro NC in 1960? You will need to download and enlarge the picture to read the text at the bottom. Mel
  10. 1 point
    Al I'm not sure you are going to find that these days. The sealed strands are mainly reified these days. Our pre sale is going on for another week, it's our best pricing of the year, so you can get a good deal on sealed rectified lights. https://www.holiday-light-express.com/
  11. 1 point
    Like these? Wow never paid them any attention
  12. 1 point
    We're still here representing Chesapeake,Va!
  13. 1 point
    in have seen tons of molds being sold there in the past week or so. Many of them were in plain white. I wonder if anyone scored any plain white big bulbs.....that would be cool!!!
  14. 1 point
    The auctioneers have now listed the lots for the auction. The molds are Lots 639 - 691. Most are grouped together and not sold as individual molds. Several are listed as "UNKNOWN" so, sorry Mel, that won't help with any identifications. Most are just listed as "SantaS" or "SnowmEn" in a lot of 12 molds. For instance - Lot #654: 1 (LOT) ASSORTED CANDLE MOLDS or #662 which is really bad it is simply: 10 ALUMINUM BLOW MOLDS ON RACK: UNKNOWN . The listing is PDF, here is the link: https://secure-s3.serverdata.com/www.cia-auction.com/files/auction_catalogs/Genera Foam Day 1 Lot List NEW1.pdf I sure hope they do not end up as scrap. They could even be used as a base for a glass top table, definitely would be a great conversation piece.
  15. 1 point
    There are very few of us left in the blow mold forum, most left several years ago for Facebook and only lurk here now. As you undoubtedly know I have not been posting much here lately either as it seems somewhat a waste of time because there are rarely any replies anymore. I mainly spend my time doing my blow mold history research now. Mel
  16. 1 point
    Bought a half pallet of these today and need help with mfg. Tag says where they were distributed from, and Made in USA but no mold marks etc. I got a great deal on them, not sure why I wanted them lol but...here they are ( my wife is gonna kill me)
  17. 1 point
    Well that took some digging. Seems it was in the 'Motorized Contraptions' subforum that I had disabled. It's back! Do a search on 'My Love for Hamberger Displays' and you should be rewarded for your patience.
  18. 1 point
    Today was a sad day for me. As most know, GFP re-opened their doors after prepping for the auction. Why is it a sad day for me? not because they are closing. I have had many chances to go working nearby. What saddened me was how people have acted over the past few weeks there and on the Blow Mold Nation Facebook group. I sometimes wish Facebook would disappear because even though this site is used less, the BMN Facebook group is overrun by people who are disrespectful, care more about making a buck, and less about the Christmas spirit. Which is sad to me. I am only 37 but the day I found out about GFP, it was like the coolest thing in the world (and for people who have never been able to go check out the warehouse pre-2017, you missed out). If I could take the knowledge and respect of others on here over at BMN, it would be great. I never thought I would meet rude people at GFP but sadly I have over the past few weeks. I will miss GFP. I will miss going every November. I will miss taking my wife and kids. But at least the day ended on a good night, I got the last piece I really wanted. I got a GFP train with Santa.
  19. 1 point
    Like whoooooaaaaa. What happened to the forums? Everything has gone dark! Why? It's easier on the eyes? It's trendy right now? Chuck's finally lost it and gone nutso? Probably a bit of all but if you don't like the darkness then: Scroll to the bottom of the page. Look for a link called "Theme" and click it. Pick 'PlanetChristmas Theme (Magnum Light)' and all will return to the good old days.
  20. 1 point
    Very unique. Looks nice. Not many do Valentines decorations
  21. 1 point
    Made this one sometime in late November, I think it’s likely the best one I’ve done so far (in my opinion). Jack is animated, as you can see in the pictures.
  22. 1 point
    I was fortunate to pick up the complete Peeps set today. I suspect you won't find too many of these around, although I did see there were some in the pics in the GFP factory closing thread here on PC. I got the last of them at this small local garden center - close to Bethlehem, PA, where the real Peeps candies are made at the Just Born factory. Only drawback to them is once again GFP went the route of the battery powered LED bulb contraption. Will change those out to standard bulbs though. I wish I could have gotten the optional shipper store display rack shown in the catalog, but they did not have that. Glad to have these in my collection.
  23. 1 point
    Been around planetchristmas lurking for several years but just decided to try my hand at an animated display. I have had regular lights for many years and even toyed with the LOR software several years ago but never got any controllers. I recently just picked up a couple LOR160xWs and wanted to make a small show with some tomato cage christmas trees i built with 5 different color strands on each one. I have an ancient copy of LORs showtime suite 1.5 but I cant get any music to open with the software. I even tried to download a few sample files to get an idea of how they work but none will open with the software. Should i just buy the basic version of S4 since what I have is so old? Any help getting started would help. Ive looked at some PDFs floating around but since what I have is so old it doesnt help much. thanks jimmy
  24. 1 point
    looks cool and looks like I don't need one tho but I take one anyway lol
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  26. 1 point
    Spybook SUCKS!! Get it out of your life...you WILL feel better it's a very toxic place the be..to many busy bodies and amber hit the nail on the head..
  27. 1 point
    So I was there today as well. And the “real” collectors or people of BMN are not the ones trying to make a buck. There is a group of people who showed up at the warehouse with trailers and their intent was to only resell. They listed nutcrackers online for $90. Sorry about the people. I was across the street when they opened and missed the action, but one of the workers told me crazy they acted. Someone told me how you could hear all the blow molds falling over. When I got there she was arguing with a guy cause he wanted two trains and limit was one Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  28. 1 point
    The good news: the PlanetChristmas forums are about to undergo a big change. The bad news: people hate change and the new PlanetChristmas will have a different look and feel. When: February 1, 2018 Some details: The forums you are reading now be switched to the 'Archive' mode on February 1m, 2018. It's a fancy term meaning everything will stay online but no new posts, messages, classifieds or registration will be allowed. The search engines will still be able to find everything you've posted over the last 20 years. Much of your PlanetChristmas account information will be copied to the 'new and improved' PlanetChristmas. When you first attempt to log in you'll have to reset your password. The new PlanetChristmas merges the forums and DIY website. You'll also have the option of social media capabilities. Much of what you like about Facebook you'll be able to do in the new PlanetChristmas... minus the never-ending Facebook ads and unwanted news articles. I'm looking forward to taking advantage of groups. The forums will begin with a clean slate. No more timely topics about Christmas Expo 2011 .) Sharing pictures and videos will be easier because a degree from Geek University won't' be required. Classifieds are being revamped to make things simpler to understand. ...and a lot of other features I haven't discovered yet. But... for some of us old-timers (I'm one of them) this big change could be frustrating at the beginning. Buttons and links will be in different places. Strange terms might have you scratching your head. Getting all your new options set just right will take trial and error. Think of it as one step back to be able to jump three steps forward. Are you super-worried about any of this? Feel free to share your concerns with me: [email protected] Stay tuned. This is going to be fun!
  29. 1 point
    I am almost 65 years old, and not a big Walmart fan, but it is about the only store around here. Never seen a Walmart do this. They had about 100 "fresh" cut Christmas trees. Instead of marking them down, they were giving them away. Hats Off to the East Rome Ga Walmart
  30. 1 point
    Thanks. IMO - Basic navigation buttons, such as "unread topics" shouldn't be hidden like that.
  31. 1 point
    Its a 6ft x 6ft Bulldog
  32. 1 point
    Tom, My thoughts exactly !! Scott - it almost looks like a spider left over from Halloween..... LOL David
  33. 1 point
    Here's the deal. My grand plan to totally revamp the forums for 2018 hasn't gone well. The old adage 'you get what you pay for' comes to mind. We use a forums package from Invision Power. Pricey to license in the beginning and then you have to renew support every six months. I use WordPress for other projects and thought I could use free plug-ins to emulate what Invision Power does. I built a new Wordpress site and added the forum plug-in. Paid an expert to migrate the 20,000+ accounts from Invision Power over to Wordpress. Then I realized some of the basic features we're used to with Invision Power weren't in the Wordpress based forums. No problem. There's a Wordpress plug-in for that. Pretty soon the free plug-ins led to needed 'pro' versions (secret code for 'you have to pay for that feature'). A few days ago I realized I had added more then 10 'forum enhancement' plug-ins and still didn't have near the functionality of Invision Power. With all those Wordpress plug-ins also came complexity. Tweaking a forum feature required guessing what plug-in implemented it and searching for the right page to make the change. I started thinking it was becoming worse than tweaking Invision Power. Then I ran the speed tests. Let's just say adding all those Wordpress plugins costs in several ways... money, computer processing and page load times. The Wordpress site is on a turbo-charged server with all sorts of caching techniques enabled. The empty Wordpress forums required patience as you jumped from page to page. Depressing. Then I got an email yesterday from Invision Power talking about upcoming enhancements and new features. I took a step back and looked at where I was going with the Wordpress based forums. Bottom line: backwards. How could I justify spending more time and money to lose features and priceless information from the past? Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo... Lots of words to say we're sticking with Invision Power (our current provider). The revamped goal is to take all the forum messages over two years old and 'archive' them. It means they're moved out of the way but still searchable. The various sub-forums that are left will be consolidated, simplifying navigation for all. Some of the features requested in earlier posts will be explored with Invision Power. Seems there's a lot about the software I wasn't aware of. I've learned this the hard way thanks to Wordpress. Changes will be happening over the next couple of weeks. The best news is you won't have to suffer through learning how to use a new forum. Please stay tuned.
  34. 1 point
    Hey Mel, those of us who know fleabay....sounds like schill bidding to me
  35. 1 point
    I use 1/2" PVC "A" frame that holds up the peppermint pathway markers that run my ridge line. I used a big protractor and found the angle, then cut and glued them into 8' sections that slip together and have 1 screw to lock em together. I don't need any type of roof clip as my house has a ridge vent that runs the entire length. There are little drain vents along the bottom of the vent and zip ties work perfect to secure the legs. This photo is of a small section, across the top of the house it is a straight 50' run with 24x peppermints. I have rope lighting I use for the "icing" on the roof. To secure that I have black cord that runs down from every peppermint and the rope lighting is zip tied to it. At the end of the year I am able to leave all the rope lighting connected to the cords so putting it back up is not bad. No worse than untangling a large net light. This is an old shot that shows the roof icing probably 3 years ago.
  36. 1 point
    Glad I'm getting good information on my roof question. Lol.
  37. 1 point
    Auction info below. I usually get flyers for industrial auctions, I'll be sure to scan the auction flyer when it arrives. 350+) Various Christmas, Halloween, Easter, and Toy Aluminum Blow Molds https://www.cia-auction.com/home/upcoming_auctions/general-foam-plastics-corp-day-1-location-1.html
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  39. 1 point
    I hear these complaints about Walmart a lot. Oddly, I’ve never heard anyone actually post the number (undoubtedly in the thousands) of people employed by Walmart. Walmart is often accused of “keeping people poor”, but employment at Walmart is not compelled by the government. The people working there applied for jobs, interviewed for the jobs (where they had opportunity to ask about wages, benefits, etc.), and they accepted the jobs. Corporations that provide jobs don’t keep people in poverty. People keep themselves in poverty—if they chose to stay there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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