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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. 7 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
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  3. 6 points
    Many will complain, but I like it, not sure to thank Fred's or Coke.
  4. 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!
  5. 4 points
    The photos aren't the greatest but it gives you an idea
  6. 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
  7. 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. 🙂
  8. 2 points
    Ok, in a few posts including one on christmasfanclub, ans Planet christmas I have sent out a request wanting to buy a plastic sleigh, and 10 deer. Yes 10 deer and here is why............................this past year my 8 year old daughter (the only girl beside her mom, so yeah she gets special treatment lol) (and bless her heart she is the most gullible person on the planet) anyway, she was riding with me in my truck to pick up a payment for a job done in little rock. Well we were riding along listening to Christmas music on the radio and Rudolph by Gene Autry came on. She was singing her little heart out and when she gets to the part that says " But do you recall?" the most famous reindeer of all.....I stopped her and said "Emy what did you say?" so she repeated it and I told her thats not what it says........It says "but do you know Claude", and the most famous reindeer of all.......She kinda argued with me that I was wrong (I never cracked a smile) I proceeded to tell her this long drawn out story that Claude was a little unruly and they left him out of the cartoons because he was always in some sort of mischief. I went on to tell her that he lives in the village with all the Elf of a Shelf guys in Istanbul. Please try to imagine this beautiful little girl soaking in all of Dads wisdom, as I told her that Santa still lets claude go out with the rest of the team on Christmas but he has to run along beside them because there are not enough hitches on the sleigh. Well, me and the family has a good laugh after she went to bed that evening and I thought it was over...WRONG. Next day on a job site in Greenville SC my cell rings and its the school. I excused myself long enough to answer and be informed that during Chorus class Emy refused to sing it "right" because "my daddy said thats not right...and he is never wrong"...OH GOD I ABOUT DIED!!!! I had to explain the joke to the teacher. I thought boy Im glad thats over...WRONG....The lead Engineer had overheard the conversation and I got a full day....no...week of ribbing about not knowing the words to a kids song.....Well if you think it was over....WRONG AGAIN......A few weeks ago I decided to buy a sleigh and deer and make them appear to be wayyyyyy up high flying in my neighbors yard for 2017. I sat down with my laptop and started shopping, I found the most amazing 1977 Empire sleigh with 1 deer on ebay, next day I found an auction for 2 more deer, total of 3. I showed my daughter what I had found (she is my helper on christmas decorations, and pretty much the shot caller) and she says, you only need 7 more deer daddy, I told her I was just gonna get 8 and that would be enough, the said "Daddy you started this mess, now do it right...we gonna have 10"...........Me and my big mouth....I hope you enjoy it as much as I did doing it.....Don I copied and pasted this from my original post on Christmasfanclub and put it here hoping you guys would enjoy it, Don
  9. 2 points
    Spring is in the air. Time to let the bunnies out
  10. 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
  11. 2 points
    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.
  12. 2 points
    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?
  13. 2 points
    Don good luck on your project. Being able to purchase light kits I’m switching all my bulbs over to Edison based kits from the C7 bulbs I used in them last year. Donna, the molds were destroyed due to licensing. Some type of license with MagicCom. Nobody knows who they are, but their license expired on 3/1. So what wasn’t sold was sent to scrap. At the sale most molds were GFs. Some were Empires old stock. This one in particular has no markings of GF or Empire. Just faded/scratched out Tarboro name. Not the best pic of the mold in question, but here ya go. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. 2 points
    Auction Flyer https://secure-s3.serverdata.com/www.cia-auction.com/files/auction_brochures/General_Foam_v3.pdf
  15. 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
  16. 2 points
    Scott, awesome pics. If you only seen the latest pics to hit the floor. A lot of unpainted molds are now hitting the floor. Sample pic below. Unofficial rumor is now sale ends 1/28. Not sure if that’s true. Also, another company did in fact buy the molds for the Halloween pails. Also someone purchased the tree line and pool line. And the current president and CEO is Bill Arnold Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. 2 points
    I custom painted the yellow clown I wanted something different ,I had to repaint the universal electric snowman I need the Santa for him , I think maybe I have 250 not sure exactly
  18. 2 points
    I picked up an old overhead projector that was auctioned off from a school, fixed it up and bought a few quartz bulbs for it. I make lots of plywood cutouts and use transparencies printed off on my old HP laserjet printer as patterns and then trace them out on the plywood with one of those large lead pencils made for kids. You can take almost any good picture of a cut-out and print it off on a transparency to get a pattern. Use a pencil to mark the plywood, if you make a mistake while you are tracing, you can erase it. I learned the hard way about not using marking pens to trace out patterns as the ink comes back to haunt you when you start painting the plywood.
  19. 2 points
    such a sad article, although I am a huge fan of blow molds and pretty much any plastic based product they produced, I'm an even bigger fan of American jobs. One point in the article stated that the Mexico plant had found a buyer and most of the employees have been called back, its tragic that a buyer could not be found for this plant and those guys get called back, new products developed, raises, 401k, etc. I wonder if the primary investors were tired of loss? tired of holding stock? Made the money they wanted? was the plant in poor condition, machinery out of date with little or no replacement parts available? We may never know, but what we do know is (as the article states) over a hundred employees are wondering what to do, how to pay the bills, etc. Like I stated above I'm a huge fan of blow molds, I love them for most any holiday, They have a "old time" feel to them and I reflect on my grandparents decorations from days gone by. Let us not forget the people who lost their way of life with this closing, pray for their guidance through difficult times (if any should arise from this) and even though it sounds silly, or childish, look at all of your vast mold collection (or small one like mine) and take this into consideration, someone, paid their rent making that candle, someone bought their first car making that Nativity set, someone bought groceries making the camel that you are so proud of. Not sure about you guys but each and every piece in my collection has a story to tell, that I didn't hear before, and what I took for granted with the "I'll just buy another one" attitude, just got a little more sacred to me. Im sure there will be an out pour of new molds from various companies in the near future, and that's great....but they most likely wont have American blood, sweat and tears embedded in each and every one of them. Well, I have ranted long enough, my wife says I let the closing get to me because it happened a few states over and because Christmas was involved. Thanks for reading...Don
  20. 2 points
    We received another pair of candles yesterday for a new addition to our collection. They are from the late 60's or early 70's and compliment the pair of the painted version that is in our collection. They are 38 ½" tall. I have recently found a newspaper ad from 1970 that shows a 42" Dapol candle that has the hexagon shape with a poinsettia on the middle of it. I wonder if that one is out there somewhere, the picture is a line art drawing so I do not know how accurate it is. Does anyone here have one or seen one like that? Mel
  21. 2 points
    I did do a test with GE C9 Ceramics and smooth, translucent OptiCore lamps. The GE lamps are on the left and the Opticore are on the right for each color.
  22. 2 points
    Here are pics of this years display. We had 35,000 lights this year, give or take a few. We got more visitors and lots of great comments also! Looking forward to new additions for next year. What do you all think? New additions this year were lights on the roof, swans in the pond, a larger pond, and a few new snowmen around.
  23. 2 points
    I had to modify the angel placement, due to inattention when making a post season purchase this past January- but I like how it turned out. I wanted the tree in front of the window so accommodations needed to be made. I have to say, I'd have never been able to afford such extravagant ornaments had it not been for a Dillards one dollar sale. 60 dollar angel, 200 dollar tree skirt- one dollar each. I spent about 30 bucks on 700 dollars worth of ornaments and nearly cried the whole way home- well not quite, but almost. This is also our first white tree which I was also fortunate to get deeply discounted from Wal-Mart. The skinny tinsel tree was a thrifty Dillards purchase as well that I couldn't refuse.
  24. 2 points
    America the Beautiful to be exact. LOL! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  25. 2 points
    I purchased a bunch of inflatables after Christmas this past season and there are a few I want to put on my roof in a few months. My roof has a pitch that is favorable for this project, but after watching a few videos and reading older posts on here, I figured why not start a new post and see if anyone had any current ideas, or better ways of making sure the inflatable go up on the roof, don't move, and look great. Hopefully someone can help me out. Thanks!
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