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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.
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  2. 9 points
    I apologize in advance for the quality (or lack thereof) of the photos My yard is a paradigm...it's a big front and side yard so there's plenty of room for decor but the yard slopes sharply from the street so i have to get creative in displaying things (like building elevated platforms). Here's the front yard which goes for a vintage theme
  3. 9 points
    A mother thanked me for all my hard work and then went on and on about me taking the time to dress up as Santa night after night and stand in the window......Virtual Santa..
  4. 7 points
    We are getting some early snow here in NYC. I took a few shots of my blow molds in the snow. Nothing fancy, I'm a poor photographer, just a few photos taken with my flipphone.
  5. 7 points
    Hey PC family! I've been out of the PlanetChristmas loop for awhile. I occasionally monitor a few Christmas related sites and FB pages, but my job and family life has kept me too busy to stay connected with anyone. Those that have been a part of PC for many years like myself, know that I'm known for my ferris wheel and skating rink. I'm not saying mine are the best, there are many people here that have great ferris wheels and skating rinks. I've posted pictures, videos, and how-to's over the years. Yet I still get emails and my inbox is full of messages from people asking for help with one or the other. I am more than happy to help, but like I said, I've been out of touch and don't get on PC too often. I've transitioned into a RGB display for myself, and I've been trying to learn as much as I can in that world. But what I've learned in this process is that I, and many others, still miss the magic that a mechanical display can offer! My mechanical elements have all been sold off or torn down due to age and damage. However, I plan to bring back my ferris wheel. New, improved, and I intend to capture images along the way! Not for recognition. Not for any other reason than to hopefully have 1 more and possibly last necessary avenue for those interested in building a pvc ferris wheel. This will be easier for me than to try and respond to each and every request. It will also be cleaner having step by step pictures along the way. So be on the lookout in the next few months as I start the build. Probably early spring! As for the question of why a pvc ferris wheel....it just better fits my need. I started out with a wooden ferris wheel. It was beautiful. It also was heavy and difficult to store. There are people here that have metal ferris wheels, or gemmy, or whatever else. There is nothing wrong with those. Please don't assume I'm putting those down. Maybe one of those fit's your need/desire. My case for a PVC ferris wheel is this: PVC is cheap. It's lightweight and can be broken down or carried as a whole pretty easily. It is pretty weather resistant for 5 weeks out of the year, especially if you paint it (white even) to protect it. PVC is very easy to work with and requires no special tools. For me, a ferris wheel should be an octagon and that shape is very easy to achieve. A ferris wheel, whatever style you choose, gives a wow factor like nothing else in a display can achieve (in my experience and opinion of course). I hope you are as excited about it as I am. If you don't see anything from me, assume that I'm busy with life but please know that the build and the how-to is coming, and by all means don't hesitate to drop me a line with a friendly reminder. Knowing that people are interested will encourage me to do it even more than I already am!
  6. 7 points
  7. 7 points
    We made 3 of these and finished them, finallt. Have a few more projects to finish and the installation begins on 10th of Nov. They are 26" round, from 5 ply plywood. Good ol rustoleum paint.
  8. 7 points
    Very sad news. I'm so glad I have my molds and will pamper them even more now that this has happened. You can look forward to the price of molds on ebay skyrocketing. Better get what you want from GFP and ebay, while you can still afford it. I wouldn't be surprised, if some China company buys the molds and then redesigns them to put crappy solar lights in them that only last for two hours and gives them that ugly bluish light look. My greatest fear is that the molds will be thrown away or sold to collectors that will never produce them again. I hate saying this, but I feel that we Christmas loving blow molders are a dying breed of people. It is true that there are some new lovers, but the truth is that a large majority of people in our country have been losing the Christmas spirit for many years. Just look at how many neighborhoods and homes are dark at Christmas across our land. Many cities and towns hardly put anything up. These things started a long time ago and just continues to get worse as the years roll on. Most Americans seemed happier and optimistic back in the 1950s, 60's , 70's, & 80's than today. I hope America finds its happiness again someday. No matter what happens, I'll keep putting my stuff up and hope the younger people will see what Christmas was once like in America. I need to just shut up, because talking about this brings me down. To all my fellow Christmas blow molders, I say keep the joy alive in your hearts and on your lawns and never let it die. Now I need to go look at my molds to lift my spirits back up again.
  9. 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
  10. 6 points
    Many will complain, but I like it, not sure to thank Fred's or Coke.
  11. 6 points
    Biggest year yet, setup began mid October, can check out the website for the display here: https://eurekamochristmaslights.weebly.com/ Enjoy the pics, constructive criticism is always appreciated.
  12. 6 points
    Picked these up and redid them. Will have a total of 14 in the display this year.Before is the bottom pic and the pics show how they look now, also did some customized strips on 4 of the 14. 10 will stay original
  13. 6 points
    We stand outside and pass out candy canes, and people are always asking my wife if this is our display. She tells them, "No, we're just strangers who really have the holiday spirit!"
  14. 6 points
    Friday night, from a facebook message, "You should serve cookies and hot chocolate during your show. Well, if not cookies, just hot chocolate," (I just spent three weeks putting up the lights!! Not even a thanks for the light show. Cookies my...!
  15. 5 points
    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
  16. 5 points
    I and my father built a pvc train and have lit it up what do you think?
  17. 5 points
    We didn't exactly get dumped on with snow, but we did get a little dusting
  18. 5 points
    Not sure if this fits in with the topic but it seems to. We live in a city, typical urban street with detached and semi-attached houses on 20-60 foot wide lots so you don't have a lot of room for big displays. But I've always put up what I consider a lot of decorations. As time went by and I got older I started thinking why bother, it's a lot of work and does the rest of the family even care? Yes, I would get some compliments from people passing by and small kids seem to be mesmerized by it but not enough to make me feel it was worthwhile. So I started thinking of cutting back and maybe even stopping all together. I should mention here that we have an awning over our stoop and a trellis in our small front yard and they are decorated with at least a few strings of holiday or seasonal lights all year long. One cold night I am out there putting up the Christmas lights thinking to myself this is it, the last year, when an elderly woman with a walker passed by. She said, I always love looking at your lights, they are so nice to look at, they make me feel good. I asked her where she lived on the block. She said she did not live on my block she lived on the next block over from my street. Now this woman could barely walk so I asked how could she see my lights "all the time"? She pointed over to a tall apartment house on the next block and said, I live up there, on the top floor, I can look down and always see them from my window. Well, I have cut back over the years but I still always put out something and all year long. If for no one else I do it for her because I know she is looking down from somewhere and still enjoying the lights.
  19. 5 points
    Nice family was outside looking at the lights, I told them they needed to have a radio to hear the music. The husband says "I can't believe I can't get the station streaming over the internet". I tried to explain it was just a little transmitter connected to my computer, it didn't register.
  20. 5 points
    I have been after this piece for over 4 years. Finally got him this week!!! He was even more beautiful in person that the pictures portrayed.Made by Noma and about 26 inches across. I am a happy camper!!!
  21. 5 points
    This is so adorable that I wish I knew how to sew! They print it to order and you order the amount of fabric you need. I think I would make kitchen curtains!
  22. 5 points
    What's a few dollars more or less when I could have one of the loves of my life to look at when I wake in the morning. Please note, when I said one of the loves of my life I wasn't referring to the first love of my life, possibly the second but not the first. It would be impossible for me to look at the first love of my life when I wake in the morning because she is already up and watching Dr. Phil when I wake in the morning.
  23. 5 points
    I wish I had the means to by all the stamping, patents and equipment to keep it in business....i know, I'm a dreamer lolol
  24. 5 points
    Well... I've finally finished my new characters for this year's display. I decided to go with the characters from Frozen and this is what I came up with. My 11 year old daughter painted Anna all by herself (other than the shading). She's told me that she wants to have her own Christmas display when she grows up... so I'm teaching her the process. AAaaahhh... it does an old man's heart good to pass along the traditions just as my father passed them along to me! ... and one more to give you an idea of the size of the characters. (FYI... the tree is 7' 9" tall)
  25. 4 points
    A seldom seen pair of Hamilton-Skotch 38" candles. Mel
  26. 4 points
    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: chuck@planetchristmas.com Stay tuned. This is going to be fun!
  27. 4 points
    The photos aren't the greatest but it gives you an idea
  28. 4 points
    My son and I got started on our 2017 display. San Diego weather was near perfect. New house = blank canvas
  29. 4 points
    I would like to hear if you have any funny comments from those who have watched your display. I’ll start; yesterday evening I went out to the road to pick up trash from the previous night’s viewers (a story in itself). A man stopped and asked me “why is this radio station so fuzzy at my house"? I asked where he lived; “in town” (that means at least 2 miles) I replied; I don’t think you can hear it at all there. He said; it’s just not right. I said; it would be illegal. Second; a lady came to the door and in the middle of the day asked me to turn on the display as she had driven so far. I politely let her know she would not be able to see anything anyway as the sun was out in full force. She went back out to the road and sat there for 20 minutes.
  30. 4 points
    Often it's not what you say but HOW you said it that matters most. Each person displays differently for different reasons. I have a toddler so my display includes a cartoonish looking slide show and some of those "cheesy" blow-ups" you seem to hate. I'm decorating to make Christmas fun and amusing for little kids, not seniors or newspaper reporters. So each person has a motive and a focus for what they display and how. While your display looks tidy and pleasant, it may or may not hold a small child's interest for long. So some of us decorate to show Christmas to the children. After all, some folks have already enjoyed 70 or 80 Christmases, right? I'm not trying to impress or amuse those folks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  31. 4 points
    I guess old people don't like music, blowup's ,or blinking lights, but really dig measle lights.... I hope when I am that age, I can still put up my Silver bells, be seen and call other people's blowup's cheesy. I was always told and raised, if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it all all...
  32. 4 points
    Little late to the table but finally got a few pics. We have 25K lights and 112 channels on the animated section.
  33. 4 points
    I actually got a big jump this year and finished. Last night was the test of it all on.
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    Way cool! Reminds me of the Little Debbie christmas tree snacks lolol:)
  36. 4 points
    Stumbled across yard sale listing in our area on Facebook. Mentioned blow molds, so I jumped in the car and off I went. Here is what $20 bought! made my wife , who loved blow Molds, very Happy Happy. 4 sheep in box also and from some one who hates blow molds and my wife loves blow molds, guess it is time for me to get busy. Where did all these things come from/
  37. 4 points
    I found so many really good molds this year. Here is mix of Empire, Bayshore, Tico, Gregg, Blinky and Gen Foam. The large Empire witch came in her original box. I am still on the prowl for the very much in demand Union Scarecrow. My search continues!
  38. 4 points
    Hello! I recently purchased Creative Displays Inc. and wanted to introduce myself. I am thrilled to be a part of this incredible industry but please take it easy on me as I am new! I am also wanted to let you know that I will still honor the everyday 10% discount provided to Planet Christmas members. Please enter CDIFAN10 at check out! Thank you so much for your business, and I look forward to building this company another 50 years! Angela Primavera Creative Displays Inc. President
  39. 4 points
    Well I added another 5k or so lights this year to get up to 30k lights. My pond was a little bigger and I added the candycane stripes to the sides of the house. I won a contest in the local paper for best decorated house! What do you think?
  40. 4 points
    Picked up a small addition today. Could never really decide if I wanted this one but what the heck............
  41. 4 points
  42. 4 points
    Started my collection of wood cut outs today. Found a 3M 9100 projector on Craigs for 20 dollars and another guy had 7 ply, sanded plywood , 36×36 for a buck. So started to make these....hope to get more done. Want to make about 20 of the C9 bulbs, 6 to 8 of the bulbs and display them. Have to get more plywood for some bigger items I want to make
  43. 4 points
    Here's the final produst-minus the green stripe
  44. 4 points
    I'm thinking more in the line of PJ's, blanket and bedspread to lead me in my sweet dreams.... Mel
  45. 4 points
    Finally got myself a Polk Brothers Santa! Wanted one for a long time and this one is in great shape!! Feeling giddy! LOL
  46. 4 points
    We're from Canada and will be there for the whole week. The days leading up to the Expo we will be sightseeing. We missed last year in Chicago because of health issues, cancer, but feeling good now and cancer free.
  47. 4 points
    I recently found these in one lot the guy was selling his collection he had and he was happy it was going to a fellow collector , I'm happy with the train I'll find a way to make a stack for it
  48. 4 points
    I am giving up everything. I am need to sell everything. I had a drive thru display. Blow molds, animated figures, led lights 100's still in box, trees still in box unopened. Will post pictures later if interested contact me. I also have six LOR controllers
  49. 3 points
    Here are pictures of most of the sample/prototype molds Here are some pictures of the ones that all of you had the most questions about.
  50. 3 points
    Got lucky and found these an an estate sale about ten minutes from my house. Got everything pictured plus 6 other molds (15 total) not pictured for 80.00. There was also about 20 heavy duty extension cords plus a ceramic tree and other items. I think it was a pretty fair price.
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