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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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  1. 1 point
    Our Lowes is now 50% off all their Halloween ( including the $149 inflatable) in case anyone is interested
  2. 1 point
    It looks like at least the snowman is cado judging from the paint, or lack of.
  3. 1 point
    I would agree that eBay has some good deals on blow molds but they are far outweighed by the number of offerings that are ridiculous. I bought two off of eBay so far and am satisfied. I always select "lowest price plus shipping" rather than "best match" and "buy it now" to eliminate the ones that are auctions and have ridiculous shipping charges. Here's my example of one of them with ridiculous shipping prices. It's an unusual Grand Venture climbing Santa that is priced at $125 but also carries a shipping charge of $148.62 for "economy USPS shipping". No matter how good the blow mold is, I wouldn't pay that much for shipping. I bought a 39" Santa from St Vincent De Paul in Chicago on eBay for $35 and paid $19 for shipping. It came by USPS economy shipping (10 days) and was securely wrapped in bubble wrap and heavy gauge plastic sheeting. I don't know how some of these sellers figure shipping but it looks like they jack up the shipping price for a lot more profit.
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    Both ears are the same. They are just put on at a different angle. So you can use the ear that you have for a model if you want to try to make one. I remember once somebody posted about making an ear out of wood. Since the ears don't light up it wouldn't be noticeable once it was painted. No, the cow ears poke into a hole in the head. The Goofy ears are held on with a screw. No. The ear is a completely separate piece that is attached with a screw. There are other ways to make one that don't require a 3D printer. You'd need a high dollar 3D printer to print something as long as a Goofy ear. No, they are long gone. Grand Venture went out of business in 2003. TED
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    The best way is to go with retro fit bulbs. Much brighter and more durrable than strand lights. Then if a bulb goes bad, you can just replace the one bulb. You can also custom cut the strands so they fit your house perfectly. We do sell some C7 strands: https://www.holiday-light-express.com/C7_strands.php But if your budget can afford it, I'd recommend going with retro fits.
  6. 1 point
    A quick look shows there are a couple of sellers on ebay for a 15' inflatable reindeer but the price is about $300. Not cheap indeed. Just search on inflatable reindeer Christmas decoration and set the price to $275-$325 and 7 sellers show up.
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    I especially enjoy just seeing overall photos of everyone's displays. Gives new ideas for me on what I could incorporate into me house and just learn small easy tricks that seem silly but are great ideas. Case in point binder clips for the roof. I learned that off here and in some cases they are much easier and hold better than actually roof clips. Sent from my SM-S903VL using Tapatalk
  8. 1 point
    they are not cheap but try Hammacher Schlemmer
  9. 1 point
    Just received my first one - can't wait to see it in my display this year. I second qberg's comments: Quality appears high and shipping was fast. Thanks!
  10. 1 point
    Back in the good old days PlanetChristmas was the happening place... only because we had been around from the beginning. Many years ago I debated shifting the PlanetChristmas forums to Facebook but could never get comfortable with all the ads and the fact Facebook could change their mind about what was approved on their platform at any time... so the PlanetChristmas forums continues to hang around. If you have any suggestions how we can improve the community, please let me know.
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    Already bought a new 8' tall one for my garage. Very happy with the quality and quick shipping.....Now, what to do with the old 16'x7' verson? I like the new clips and springs for the top and bottom as well!
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